This program is aimed for people that are in sick leave and/or suffer from burnout, depression, anxiety, stress and other conditions that they are experiencing at the moment, (not as a chronical condition) and cannot function properly living in Marks Municipality. There can be people that simply feel stuck in their life, or overwhelmed that just need a bit of guidance and a tool, a way, to find better solutions for themselves so that they can carry on with their lives, jobs, studies or other problems they are facing. The classes are hold in English.
Art therapy is based on the idea that the creative process of art making facilitates reparation and recovery and is a form of nonverbal communication of thoughts and feelings. It is used to encourage personal growth and it helps individuals of all ages create meaning and achieve insight, find relief from overwhelming emotions or trauma, resolve conflicts and problems, enrich daily life and achieve an increased sense of well-being.
Art serves as both a catalyst and a conduit for understanding oneself in a larger world context. It does so through stirring up feelings and opening up possibilities. Thus, through affect and awareness, the use of art in counseling creates possibilities and broadens horizons so that the world becomes ever new and the view can be, if worked on, becomes what is.
Each of the component parts of art activities can trigger psychological, physiological, social, and behavioral responses that are themselves causally linked with health outcomes. For example:
• The aesthetic and emotional components of art activities can provide opportunities for emotional expression, emotion regulation, and stress reduction. Emotion regulation is intrinsic to how we manage our mental health, while stress is a well-known risk factor for the onset and/or progression of a range of health conditions including cardiovascular diseases and cancers.
• Cognitive stimulation when engaging in the arts can provide opportunities for learning and skills development, and it is not only associated with a lower risk of developing dementia but also interrelated with mental illness such as depression
• Social interaction while participating in the arts can reduce loneliness and lack of social support, which are both linked with adverse physiological responses, cognitive decline, functional and motor decline, mental illness, and premature
• Social interaction that brings together different groups of people can improve social capital and reduce discrimination, the latter being linked with mental illness and a range of other health conditions including CVD, respiratory conditions, and indicators of illness such as pain and headaches
• Physical activity through participating in the arts can reduce sedentary behaviors, which are associated with conditions such as chronic pain, depression, and dementia, Data collected from: “Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report, What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? ”By World Health Organization Europe and Health Organization Europe
At the end of the program, all participants will basically have a self-helping tool ready to use in case of need, art! This tool helps in challenges that one might face in life or if used properly prevents difficulties from reaching a point of no return.
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