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3 Step Guide In Using Art For Self-Care

January 13, 2018

Find a quiet space where you can focus on yourself for a while. Start by taking in a few deep breaths and relaxing your belly. Ask yourself the following questions and follow the prompts as they feel right to you.

 

Step 1. Ask Yourself - WHAT AM I FEELING?

We usually feel several emotions at any given time. Try to name as many as you feel in that moment. Try to locate where you can feel those emotions in your body. You can write them down and then gently, lovingly touch those areas that are feeling deeply and communicating something important to you.

 

Step 2. Ask Yourself - WHAT ART MEDIUM CAN HELP ME FEEL AND EXPRESS THESE EMOTIONS?

The focus here is on taking action and expressing your emotions in a way that engages your senses. Trust that your creativity is enough. Your body will guide you and remember that no one needs to see or hear what you're making. The focus here is on feeling, so when the inner critic starts talking, notice it and continue anyway staying true to your emotional expression. Here are some art options:

Journaling or poetry

Doodling

Drawing

Painting

Ceramics

Collage

Music

Singing

Authentic movement

 

Step 3. Ask Yourself - HOW WAS THAT FOR ME?

When you feel that your creative expression has come to a natural end, try to reflect on your experience by asking yourself:

How was that for me?

What images, metaphors or insights emerged?

What did I like? What didn't I like?

What part was easy? What part was challenging?

Was any part helpful?

What do I need now?

You can use this approach whenever you feel the desire to understand your emotions and uncover what you really need. You can also try various art mediums together such as collage and then writing, or listening to music and moving. Write down anything that feels important to remember.

 

I hope this was 3-Step Guide helpful to you in some way. We all have the ability to use our innate creativity as a resource to manage and understand

 

our emotions. If you'd like my support in guiding you through this nourishing approach to self-care, contact me. I welcome the opportunity to connect with you!

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Natalie S. Cruz, MA, REAT #2003

Registered Expressive Arts Therapist

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