Art Is Cheap Therapy

I am pretty well in love with this site and their suggestions on therapy exercises.

I especially need the stress painting! With this new firm job. ;P

  • Draw or paint your emotions. In this exercise, you’ll focus entirely on painting what you’re feeling.
  • Create an emotion wheel. Using color, this activity will have you thinking critically about your emotions.
  • Make a stress painting. Choose colors that represent your stress and jab, scribble and paint your problems away.
  • Put together a journal. Journals don’t have to just be based around words. You can make an art journal as well, that lets you visually express your emotions.
  • Draw your vision of a perfect day. Think about what constitutes a perfect day to you and draw or paint it. What about this drawing can you make happen today?
  • Take photographs of things you think are beautiful. No one else has to like them but you. Print and frame them to have constant reminders of the beautiful things in life.
  • Make a drawing related to a quote you like. Take the words of wisdom from someone else and turn them into something visually inspiring.
  • Create a drawing that represents freedom. This activity has you think about the concept of freedom and what it means to you, creating a work of art that showcases just what it means to you as an individual.
  • Document a spiritual experience. Have you ever had a spiritual experience in your life? Draw or paint what it felt like.
  • Draw images of your good traits. Creating drawings of your good traits will help you to become more positive and build a better self-image.
  • Draw yourself as an animal. Is there an animal that you have a special interest in or feel like is a kindred spirit? Draw yourself as that animal.
  • Create a timeline and draw the most significant moments in your life. This timeline will be the story of your life, with the most important moments highlighted visually.

Check out the rest of the list at: http://stuartcline.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/100-art-therapy-exercises-to-make-your-mind-body-and-spirit-sing/