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Best Art Therapy Blogs To Keep You Emotionally Healthy

Best Art Therapy Blogs To Keep You Emotionally Healthy

If you’ve ever been involved with art therapy, you understand how restorative it can be. It has the ability to drive creativity, restore your sense of well-being, and help you overcome anxieties, conflicts, and even addictions. And while art therapy was once only practiced in select settings – such as hospitals, wellness centers, and rehab facilities – its reach is much broader now.

Research clearly shows the positive impact of art therapy on emotional health and it’s important that you find ways to expose yourself to this powerful therapeutic practice as frequently as possible. Thankfully, there are a number of online resources designed to make art therapy accessible and convenient. In fact, you may want to bookmark the following blogs.

1. Psychology Today Arts and Health

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    This blog is managed by Cathy Malchiodi, an experienced art therapist and author of 13 books on the subject, and offers a very educated look at “the integrative, reparative and restorative powers of the arts.” While content is not published on a daily basis, the posts that are published are thorough, unique, and interesting. Those who are new to the blog will enjoy reading past posts, which are still quite relevant today.

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    2. Adventures in Art Therapy

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      This blog is managed by another registered and licensed art therapist, Lacy Mucklow, and is an excellent resource for keeping up to date on the latest trends and developments within the industry. There are plenty of posts to read through, as well as lots of helpful links and resources on the right-hand side of the site. These external links are resourceful for those looking to learn more about specific aspects of art therapy and related topics.

      3. Park West Gallery Blog

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        While it’s not a dedicated art therapy blog, the Park West Gallery Blog is an excellent resource for those interested in supplementing their study of art therapy with bigger industry news and developments. Park West Gallery is the world’s largest art dealer and, as a result, is seen as an authoritative source on all things art. The blog may indirectly inspire you to see art therapy in a new light.

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        4. Art Therapy Spot

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          The Art Therapy Spot is an extension of licensed therapist Sara Roizen’s professional website. It offers really unfiltered and genuine posts about topics that are important to both therapists and patients within the industry. Roizen does a fantastic job of exploring the artwork she creates and explaining the stories behind her pursuits. It’s a fresh and revealing blog that doesn’t get enough attention.

          5. Inner Canvas Blog
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            The Inner Canvas blog may be the most professional, organized, and aesthetically pleasing art therapy blog on the list. Not only does it provide fresh perspectives on relevant topics, but it does so through multiple mediums. The blog uses videos, interviews, imagery, and even poetry to connect with readers and help them learn more about the value and importance of art therapy in restorative healing.

            6. Colors of Play

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              While this site is not updated frequently any more, the abundance of past posts are extremely relevant and helpful for parents looking to encourage the use of art therapy for their children. The blog is very practical and provides solutions to common problems, answers to frequently asked questions, and hands-on activities designed to help children understand themselves and the world around them. Art therapists who work with children on a regular basis may also find the blog helpful.

              7. Creativity in Art Therapy

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                This is another fantastic resource on the topic of art therapy for children. Carolyn Mehlomakulu, who is a licensed marriage and family therapist and registered art therapist, manages the blog. She works with a lot with children and adolescents and shares her experiences on this blog. Many of the posts are extremely practical and can be used by parents at home.

                8. Creative Juices Arts

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                  If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box blog on art therapy, this is it. You’ll notice from the moment that you log on to the site that it’s much different than some of the clinical art therapy blogs and websites you’ll run across. However, it’s a really valuable resources and has a lot of value and wisdom to offer to regular readers.

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                  Whether you’re a licensed art therapist, a patient who’s used art therapy in the past, or someone who’s simply interested in learning more about this fascinating topic, these blogs are fantastic resources. Bookmark the pages, browse through articles, and expose yourself to new content to get an idea of what art therapy is really like.

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                  Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

                  Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

                  Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.

                  I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.

                  The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.

                  People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.

                  I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?

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                  “What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
                  “What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
                  “What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
                  “What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?

                  After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!

                  One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:

                  If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

                  Everything takes energy

                  Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.

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                  Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely.  Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?

                  The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.

                  Find something that is worth doing

                  Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.

                  When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.

                  I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.

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                  When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.

                  It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.

                  Other excuses I often hear are:

                  “But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
                  “I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
                  “At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
                  “Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”

                  I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.

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                  I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.” 

                  Conclusion

                  Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.

                  Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.

                  Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?

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