Art journaling is my number one go to for self care. I juggle a pretty busy schedule with hats of mother to teenagers, wife, partner in a small business and art therapist. Some days my mind (and body) feels chaotic as I flip between my many tasks. I thrive on meaningful work (paid and unpaid) and my schedule isn’t overloaded, but there is a always a fine line between busy and productive and an out of control schedule that is overwhelming and soul destroying.
Art journaling is very visual and uses much sensory input and both hemispheres of our brains. As colours appear onto the page from my pencil or when I watch watercolours dry from shiny to matte there is an unprecedented soothing and calming. The art mediums just connects with emotions and invites such free expression and clarity. The most effective art journaling is when we pair artistic expression with writing our thoughts and experiences out.
Although art journaling does not replace sessions with an art therapist, it can be a helpful adjunct to managing worry and stress, anxiety, depression or chaotic thinking (just to name a few). Though there is no right or wrong way to art journal, there are some things that will dramatically increase the therapeutic benefits and give you confidence to fill blank pages. A facilitated Expressive Art Journaling group is a great way to start. Art Journaling is one of my passions as an art therapist and I’d love to spend time with you sharing my knowledge and guiding you in this practise. Today is a great day to start your future.