Could this be a good creative outlet for you?
Creating art can provide a sense of control, containment and centering.
“Art provides a non-verbal outlet to express thoughts, feelings, concerns and hopes during a time when words may be difficult to find,” says Lori Mackey, an art therapist at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill.
As an art therapist who works with children, Mackey experiences every day how making art can empower self-awareness and even instill hope.
“Know that it is okay to not know how you are feeling or to not be able to verbalize how you are feeling right now,” Mackey says. “Art can provide a safe space to express and explore what words may not be able to offer at this time.”
Here are some of Mackey’s simple ways to engage in making art:
- Scribble drawing: Close your eyes and scribble on a piece of paper for 30 seconds. Open your eyes and turn the paper until you see an image in your scribble. Use additional colors (markers, pencils, crayons) to develop your scribble into that image.
- Magazine collage: Use old magazines and look for words and images that you are drawn to for whatever reason. Cut them out and arrange them in a way that makes sense to you. Glue them onto a blank piece of paper. Perhaps give your collage a title.
- Mixed media: Use materials readily accessible to you as inspiration to create. Whether painting, sewing, knitting, photography, or drawing, remember that engaging in art making can instill hope, inspire resiliency, and provide a temporary distraction from the stressors around you.
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