Creative Outlets for Expressing Emotions: Art, Writing, and Music Therapy
Expressing your deepest thoughts and feelings is tricky. Oftentimes it’s difficult to find the words that truly convey what’s inside. Even if you do, voicing them can be a daunting prospect.
Spoken words aren’t always needed for communication, however. There are a number of different mediums we can use to express ourselves, including art, journaling, and music.
The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” has stood the test of time for a reason. Art allows people to show their feelings instead of just stating them. It gives the viewer a tangible glimpse into the perspective of the artist, allowing deep understanding to take place.
Whether it’s through sculpture, painting, or drawing, art is a highly accessible activity that just about anyone can partake in. The support workers at Urzi Psychology empower NDIS participants to embrace their artistic side with our Group Art Therapy program. Held on our picturesque Mount Tamborine farm, these relaxing sessions help individuals explore their emotions and promote overall well-being. The focus is not on producing a perfect piece of art, but rather on the process of creating and the insights that come from it.
When we bottle up our emotions, our brain can go into a stressful ‘fight-or-flight’ state.
Journaling helps alleviate this by providing a means to identify problems, concerns, and feelings. As well as being cathartic in itself, it allows the writer to examine how they act on their emotions, and is a valuable opportunity for positive self-talk.
Journaling is easy. All you need to do is set aside a few minutes per day to write in your notepad or smartphone. You may wish to write about specific events or conversations, your accomplishments, or just the thoughts that you’ve been having. It doesn’t need to follow a certain structure – it’s your own private place to discuss and create whatever you want. Don’t worry about spelling mistakes or what others may think.
Journaling regularly helps you find order when your world feels like chaos. In providing a moment of inner and outer reflection, it can be an effective coping tool to help manage anxiety, stress, and depression.
Playing an instrument or writing a song is a healthy way to express the anger, sadness, and frustration we carry with us when times get tough, along with the joy we feel when things are great. When shared, music also brings to light the commonality of our experiences and feelings, fostering deeper connection and compassion with those around us.
Urzi Psychology’s music groups are all about the therapeutic qualities of this unique medium. By tapping into the power of rhythm, melody, harmony, and lyrics, we engage individuals in an uplifting musical journey that encourages personal growth. Collective songwriting and instruments such as guitar, ukulele, hand drum, bongo and piano are explored in a supportive environment where participants can express themselves without judgement.
Pursue Your Creative Expression with Urzi Psychology
Urzi Psychology offers a range of programs designed for NDIS participants to embrace their creativity freely.
Along with the aforementioned art therapy and music groups, we also offer plant based cooking classes, horticulture therapy, a women’s only “Beauty-Full Mind” course, and the men’s only “Fortified by Fire” group therapy program.
Each offers something different, but all encourage social connection, learning, and healthy expression of emotions and thoughts. They’re led by our team of personable and caring staff, who are backed by a 24/7 clinical supervision network that provides guidance and assistance for working with those of more complex needs.
View our “Earthing Project” page to learn more and register your interest.