For many of us, we have not heard or spoken those words since childhood. As adults we have many responsibilities and obligation; such as work, getting through the never ending “to do” lists, taking care of family and just trying to make it through our day. Play is usually the last thing on our minds. It is usually thought of as an activity for children, and not considered important in adulthood. Though play and other creative activities can be a venue to decompress from the stressors of everyday life.
According to an article at ahchealthenews.com “play can be a source of relaxation and stimulation, but it also helps our mental health. Adult play is a time to set aside work and responsibilities and allow oneself to be social in an unstructured, creative way. The goal is to focus on the experience of having fun, not accomplishing a specific goal.”.
One type of creative play is art. Art is an effective way to release tension and escape into the creative part of one’s mind. To summarize a quote from Dr. Pamela Hayes (author of multiple books discussing art therapy and mental health)… “art, in the form of art therapy, is a unique approach to communicate when words just cannot define the current emotions. Through art one can use a creative outlet for further insight and personal growth.”
Here at Memor Health we truly believe in treating stress, depression and anxiety with as many different modalities as possible. In the near future we will be starting an art therapy group.
Join us for a six week art group where you and others with similar goals, will learn new tools and practices to manage the inconsistencies of life. Using creative arts, visualization and therapeutic process; you will identify areas in your life you’d like to have more balance, as well as thoughts and feelings that may be holding you back from the life you were created to live. Everyone can benefit from group therapy with the right group and timing.
Please contact us for further details. We look forward to helping you on your journey towards balance.