We live in times where anxiety and uncertainty have become part of our daily lives. Mental health does not look like it used to. Poor mental health is not about having disorders, but about how to deal with your emotions and live without them dominating you.
Mental health has become as important as our physical health because they go hand in hand with each other. And this is especially relevant for older people and the elderly because they might be already affected by health conditions. Here, we want to help you by providing some useful resources for using as therapy, but with a different and more enjoyable approach: Art therapy.
Art therapy uses creative processes like drawing, painting, or coloring as a form of self-expression that can bring relief from overwhelming thoughts and emotions. This therapy also works with other mediums like music, movement, and writing.
Aging by itself can be stressful, so that is when art therapy might become an opportunity to work through that anxiety generated by anguish and stress. Scientist studies have found that art has positive effects on health and illness as we age, reducing depression and anxiety, helping individuals relax, and giving them a sense of self-control. It can also boost self-esteem.
In elderly persons, it is frequent to find clinical conditions such as Alzheimer's and related forms of dementia, which might become hard to deal with, not only for the person who suffers it but for all those who are around him or her. Patients who present this kind of health condition might not be able to write or use language to communicate, but they might be able to use colors and images of their past. Using this form of expression can result in strong ties with family members and help people with Alzheimer's feel more self-confident and less isolated.
Now that you the benefits provided by art therapy, here are some forms of art and techniques that you might apply with your mother, father, and grandparents. You can make them have an enjoyable moment with them by doing:
A practice we all know about, but that many of us aren't aware of its benefits. Origami can help with concentration, self-esteem, and dealing with anxiety and depression.
Mandalas have been shown in clinical studies to boost the immune system, reduce pain and stress, lower blood pressure, promote sleep, and also deal with depression.
Photography provides the advantage that it can help you remember moments in your life, places, things, and people that have accompanied you before.
Now that you know some forms of art therapy and the benefits that come with it. Which one are you willing to try?