HOW ART HELPS US HEAL DURING THE LOCKDOWN


Today Art therapy is a healthy remedy to alleviate the psychological tensions generated in society amid the Covid-19 pandemic that is hitting the world.

The use of the arts in this case corresponds to a type of expressive psychological therapy, which seeks to use the creative process to improve the physical, mental, and emotional state of individuals.


The expression of emotions through art can help solve dilemmas of the past, reinforce self-esteem, emotional self-control, and self-knowledge. Also to reduce stress, manage anxiety, and raise the level of consciousness, attention, and creativity.

With art therapy - patients resolve psychological conflicts; improve their social and communication skills while controlling problematic behaviors.

It also offers a way to express feelings and points of view that would otherwise be reserved for the person and cause frustration.


In addition to being used in times of pandemic, it has great value for treating post-traumatic stress resulting from war conflicts, sexual abuse, natural disasters, autism, phobias, learning disabilities, addictions, among other problems, says the scientific source.


Covid-19 could leave behind an epidemic of clinical depression. Psychologists at the Center for the Science of Social Connection at the University of Washington warn that an unusually large proportion of the population could develop depression or anxiety due to the stressors of the pandemic. These depressions would be related to the loss, whether of the deceased, employment, or economic level, due to the crisis that the coronavirus will cause.

The World Health Organization warns that depression and anxiety have huge economic repercussions, costing the world economy a trillion US dollars a year in lost productivity.  Art therapy or initiatives can be helpful in dealing with it during the lockdown. 


Therapies to Help You Cope With the Pandemic:


Art, music therapy, and creative activities like clay therapy reduce depression, combat anxiety, and improve well-being.

However, art understood as a therapy in itself (healing arts) is not the same as art therapy, which considers that artistic activity already has therapeutic qualities. Art therapy is a type of art therapy that consists of the use of art as a therapeutic route and is practiced in individual sessions or in small groups. It is a technique for personal development, self-knowledge, and emotional expression that uses the visual arts as a way of communicating and expressing feelings, thoughts, and emotions.


What is art therapy?



The "therapy with artistic mediation" is a technique of personal development, self-knowledge, and emotional expression, which also serves to initiate processes of change and to develop certain skills such as creativity, perception, intuition, and so on.

In art therapy, creative processes, artistic means, image, and the power of expression are used; people are helped to understand their own meanings, through making art

Art to express what cannot be said in words…

Art has been used as a therapy since the 1920s or 1930s when various studies found that people with mental disorders expressed themselves better through the visual arts. 

It is an artistic movement that unites art and depression to show that art can be one of the best tools to overcome illness.


Benefits of art therapy:


Art therapy is beneficial in terms of the possibility of developing interpersonal skills, communicating with the patient with other people in their environment easily, due to the ease of expression that this therapy proposes. In addition, it is very useful to manage behavior, increase self-esteem and avoid the effects that anxiety produces.

Below we detail the advantages of art therapy over the people who practice it:


1.Expression of feelings that are difficult to verbalize

Sometimes it is difficult for us to express what we feel or what we think is the most traditional ways, that is why art therapy, being a tool that uses and develops expression, can help you shape those thoughts and feelings that are most difficult to put down. go out.



2. Development of healthy coping skills:


The fact of dealing with feelings and emotions in a creative way can help when it comes to changing those behaviors or habits that are established and that are carried out each time it is necessary to express emotions. Using art therapy when you are going through a sad emotional process, trying to use that emotion to create, can help you to face the situation in an optimal way.




3.Exploration of imagination and creativity:


Using this type of therapy makes the person enhances their ability to create and imagine, as well as enhance these abilities by working them in a centered way and with the help of the therapist.


4.Improve self-esteem and confidence:


Checking that we can do something for ourselves leads us to achieve greater emotional stability. In the same way, achieving the proposed objectives makes us increase our security ourselves and feed the thought that we are doing it well.


5.Improvement of physical abilities:


Art therapy normally uses the body to express what we cannot say, so this type of therapy also favors those people who have difficulty in making movements or coordinating them.


6.Improves concentration, attention, and memory


For our daily life, it is important to learn to concentrate. Having a good capacity for concentration helps us enormously to be more effective when performing any task. The benefits of having good concentration are many: they increase our memory, our effectiveness in decision-making, our precision, and our agility in the challenge at hand. Art lowers stress and anxiety levels Carrying out activities related to art and creativity offers the person an experience in which both the level of stress and anxiety are reduced. People who do this type of therapy find such activities relaxing.


7.Encourages the exercise of thought and helps reflection:


Scientific thinking goes further and is also related to the ability to be autonomous or to solve problems in everyday life.


Conclusion


The fields of application of art therapy are physical health, mental health, emotional well-being, and social well-being in different sectors of the population during the pandemic. In the case of those people who require specific monitoring of their body expression and movement, art therapy can be applied through the techniques studied in psychotherapy.

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