The Very Important Role That Art Therapy Plays For Cancer Patients And Survivors

The role of art for cancer patients and survivors
Art is usually defined as a piece created that has beauty or a deeper meaning. Some people create art as a hobby, a requirement, and even for work. But aside from fun and work, art is also a great way to express yourself through your creations.

Aside from benefiting children, art also plays a very important role for people who survived or suffering from cancer. This is why many people as well as organizations support art therapy in hospitals and other institutions.

According to some studies, art therapy has specifically helped children with Cancer to express themselves more and improve their communication with other people. Aside from this, art therapy carries with it certain therapeutic properties allowing patients to relax, lessen disruptive behaviors and even improve their mood. Some studies even showed that certain patient’s general health improved because of this.

The idea for this exercise is not to create amazing pieces of art but giving the patients the ability to express specific emotional or physical distress through art in a safe unthreatening environment. This then results to a healing process that could also improve self-worth, self-esteem and provide hope.

Aside from the points mentioned above, here are some additional benefits that art therapy can provide.

  • It can help improve your relationship with others by encouraging you to express yourself more
  • It helps keep the patient’s mind off pain and discomfort
  • It gives you the opportunity to be creative
  • It helps build your self-esteem and confidence
  • It can help you to control anxiety and depression

Art therapy is also not limited to cancer patients. This activity can also be done by;

  • Those who suffer from chronic or life threatening diseases
  • Those who are grieving the loss of a loved one
  • Those who suffer from certain eating conditions
  • Those who have mental problems like anxiety and depression
  • Those who suffer from addiction
  • Those who have relationship problems

As you can see, art therapy is not only limited to those who suffer from chronic diseases such as cancer. If you’re suffering from certain problems in your life then it may be a good idea to give it a try. Just remember to only go to institutions that have a licensed therapist.

During these sessions, your art therapist may ask you to create or paint something during and at home, in between sessions. It can last for about 30 – 60 minutes. You can also opt to join a group or a one-on-one session if you prefer.

To sum it up, art therapy is beneficial for those who are suffering from cancer but is not limited to cancer patients. This therapy can help people express what they’re feeling and going through. This may ultimately result in improved self-worth, confidence and a better mood.

We really hope that you learned something from this article and that you would continue to support institutions that have this program.

Written by Jane

Jane

One of Jane’s favorite hobbies is working with handicrafts, especially scrapbooking and sewing. She  is also and avid quilter whenever she can find the time along with her trusty dog side Corry. Jane has plenty to share  to help you learn  and enjoy more about all the popular handicrafts as well as the best tools to use.

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