There is a website that I recently discovered, Blessing Manifesting.com, out of my home state that I find very helpful as a therapist. I enjoy using her brightly-colored artistic snapshots for mental health awareness, well-being, and self-care with patients and love that she makes them available to everyone. I just wanted to share a few of her latest offerings and encourage you to check out her website and FB page.
Friday, May 07, 2021
Thursday, April 22, 2021
It was nice to come across this article, as it supports the effectiveness of art therapy for mental health treatment, especially for PTSD. I hope that the knowledge of art therapy continues to be known around the world as a integral treatment that is on par with or even exceeds the effectiveness of other therapies and should be included in all treatment settings.
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
I read this interesting article about a CIA agent who received TBI treatment at the NICoE. What I also found encouraging was that he noted art therapy to be one of the most helpful aspects of his treatment.
"But what was most useful for me was the softer side of healing that is science based and proven to be effective in treating TBI.
A mask therapy program at the NICoE, in which TBI victims are encouraged by trained art therapists to express themselves by creating masks, helped me tremendously.
I put a great deal of thought and time into my mask -- a Superman-inspired one -- and wrote an accompanying poem. Both signified what my family thought of me for so long. A once invincible case officer on the tip of the spear for the US government, who served bravely and with distinction in Iraq and Afghanistan and other places I cannot name.
The mask was attached to a wooden plaque, with the background of the CIA seal cracked in half. It symbolized how I later had to fight some in the organization in order to obtain proper medical care. An ice pick is drilled through the mask as well, showing the headaches I still suffer from 24/7. Making this mask was a deeply cathartic experience for me, which -- along with talking to the resident chaplain and other talented mental health professionals -- has helped me begin to heal from the moral injury that I suffered. My kids recently sent me a text that stated "Dad, you are still our superman." I bawled like a baby."
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
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Thursday, December 31, 2020
I am pleased to present a guest post from Pia De Los Reyes, a writer who specializes in the lifestyle and insurance spaces. She earned an M.A. in Communication after using her passion for mental health to study social support and expressive writing. Here, she shares with us the importance of art in our homes and how artistic décor affects our psychology.
Art in the home does more than just serving up beautiful aesthetics. Research has shown that viewing art actually comes with a variety of mental health, wellness, and community benefits, and art therapy has an incredible power to help with healing. With more time being spent at home now more than ever, it’s important to curate your home art in a way that inspires, stimulates, and brings meaning to your space.
Learn about the diverse benefits of art in the home and how to curate your own collection at home.
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According to a Harvard study, making and viewing art helps to stimulate memory and interpersonal connection. This was especially beneficial for individuals with dementia and older adults. Expression through art was also found to help reduce depression, stress, and anxiety. Art can also help those with cancer cope and create meaning in the wake of their diagnosis.
Wellness Benefits of Art
Curated art in your home not only showcases your personality, but allows you to welcome a host of positive thoughts and feelings into your space. Art cultivates empathy and inspires creativity, and it offers opportunities for conversation and critical thinking. Viewing art is also proven to trigger pleasure by releasing dopamine in our brains.
Community Benefits of Art
Investing in art from local artists or galleries helps to infuse money into the local community. Supporting local art also comes with perks like getting to know the artist more personally and purchasing art that often has a connection to the community.
How to Curate Your Own Art
It’s easy to reap the benefits that displaying art can bring to your home. Get started with these five tips:
Get inspired by your personal style! Use your favorite colors and textures as a starting point, create an inspiration board, and mix and match from there.
Choose pieces that speak to you. If your art is meant to heal, pick pieces that express your journey. Art in your home should uplift your soul and bring you joy everyday.
Add a personal touch. Personalized art adds meaning to your space. Choose pieces that represent your heritage or special moments in your life. Commission a piece if you can’t find one that already exists or make one yourself!
Display like a pro. Hang solo pieces at eye level for maximum enjoyment or group multiple pieces using the rule of three.
Protect your investments. If you invest in or commission art pieces, remember to include them in personal property protection within your home insurance. Take care to monitor humidity levels and keep pieces out of direct sunlight to prevent damage as well.
Artistic expression comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The process of expressing yourself is what helps to bring on the many benefits of art. Enjoy the process and bring the healing power of art to your home by curating your collection today!
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