Isolation p’aint so bad!

It can be fun by any sketch of the imagination

In years to come, people will ask what you did during the ‘great lockdown period’ and quite possibly it could be downing a whole bottle of merlot or spending hours in front of the TV (guilty) but I have found another.

Today I have put those wine bottles to good use and began painting them as my new canvas – affordable but also eco-friendly

Not only is this a fun and productive activity but nonetheless art therapy can be used as a complement to traditional mental health treatment. The aim is to manage behaviors, process feelings, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

It has definitely become my new favorite way to relax. I have no idea where this all is going really, but I guess that’s not the point…the beauty is in the process.

I’ve sort of become a jack of all shades

Programs Manager for Empowerment and Later Life said: “Arts and creativity are an important part of the programs we run at the Mental Health Foundation, art can be a different and fun way to express and talk about emotion.”

Painting drawers on lockdown

Previous research from Arts and Minds revealed art therapy can offer support to isolated groups.

A 71% decrease in feelings of anxiety and a 73% fall in depression; 76% of participants said their wellbeing increased and 69% felt more socially included. As one participant says: “I feel so much better having had the time and space to do some art. It makes such a difference.”

A spark of people showcasing their work on social media has become apparent which made me join the community and feel somewhat better about how my time is being spent.

So pick up that brush and curb your enthusiasm, but also remember to stay at home!

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