3 art-inspired ways to practise self-care
Art therapist Amanda Chen-Lee (bottom right) founded social enterprise Art for Good to promote mental well-being through visual art. (Photo: Amanda Chen-Lee)

3 art-inspired ways to practise self-care

If you are struggling with everyday stress, consider taking some time to practise self-care through art as no artistic talent is required to take part in art therapy, and it is a fun and accessible way to destress.

Art therapist Amanda Chen-Lee, 38, who is an advocate of art and mental wellness, says: “Art therapy helps individuals who are not able to fully express and process their difficult feelings by utilising creative modalities such as drawing, painting, and sculpture to improve physical, mental and emotional well-being.”

She founded the social enterprise Art for Good in 2017 to create art projects with social impact. The company runs weekly art therapy and art enrichment programmes, and partners with schools, corporations and charities to raise funds and create awareness for social causes.

Here are her tips on three art-inspired ways to practise self-care: 

Get creative at home

Creativity can be a wonderful way to support your mental health, so set aside some “me time” and allow your creative juices to flow. You can create a collage of your emotions, play with sculpting clay, get started on a colouring book, or doodle in a journal. Pro tip: For a more relaxing and therapeutic experience, put on calming music and light some scented candles.

Do something for others

While self-care should be about oneself, the act of giving to others can boost one’s happiness, health and sense of well-being. So, consider making a hand-drawn card to thank someone in your life, or volunteer with an arts organisation to give back to the community and make a positive difference to the lives of others. 

Try art therapy

Art therapy, which marries art and psychology, offers a fun and non-invasive form of therapy for achieving mental well-being. Participants do not need to have any artistic abilities to benefit from the therapy. A certified art therapist guides participants through techniques that help them explore their emotions and express themselves through visual art. 

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