Empathize with Anxiety through Art


Everyone feels anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion. For example, you may feel nervous when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision.

Anxiety disorders are different, though. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the distress they cause can keep you from carrying on with your life normally.

For people who have one, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be disabling. But with treatment, many people can manage those feelings and get back to a fulfilling life.

However, how can we even begin to not just sympathize which is just pitying someone, but to empathize with them? one way to express oneself is through art. Art provides an outlet for our feelings and it also connects people together.

Art therapy involves the use of art to promote health and wellness. The creative process is based on the belief that self-expression can help you resolve inner conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, lessen stress, and increase your self-awareness. 

The use of art therapy for mental health purposes originated during the 1950s when it was found that art-making could assist in healing and coping with symptoms. During the art therapy process, a trained specialist guides the client’s experience through the use of counselling techniques and different types of artistic expressions. Common art mediums used within the art therapy process include painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, and photography.

It also helps to illuminate a part of what a person with anxiety may be feeling and help us understand.

These are in all different art form because everybody deals with anxiety in different ways, but they help you to understand a part of what someone might be going through. Art won’t be able to help erase all of the anxiety of course. Nor will you be able to understand it after looking at some pictures thoroughly. But I hope that it will begin to make you more aware of Anxiety and encourage you to learn about how to get help or signs that someone might have anxiety or be there for someone going through anxiety.

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  1. April 30, 2019 by Jaren Manivong

    I really like the idea of dealing with anxiety through art. Have you used this method yourself?

  2. April 30, 2019 by Olivia Reichl

    Warunya, your presentation was very insightful. Thank you for sharing another method to help people cope with anxiety throughout their daily life. The photos you used to display different forms of art were also super helpful to look at. Nice job with your presentation!

  3. May 01, 2019 by Juliana.Shank

    Beautiful visuals! I’m working on something similar, check out @mindsmatterctl on instagram!

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