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5 great items to get before your next art therapy session

Adult coloring books were all the rage in the mid-2010s. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, they were back en vogue. Whether the humble coloring book, often thought of as a way to keep kids busy, is up your alley or not, art therapy is worth giving a shot if you’re in a funk. Experts share it can help people dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

You don’t need to be a modern-day Picasso to give it a shot. Your art can be personal to you and simply a way to destress or express your feelings on a piece of paper or canvas. No one has to see your work if that’s what you prefer.

If you’ve never tried art therapy before, you may want to experiment with a few different mediums, such as painting or drawing. Here are a few products to consider for art therapy.

Art therapy can be a great way to destress and distract you from what’s going on in the world (related: thank you gift basket). Experts say it can also help with anxiety and depression. You don’t have to have aced high school art or create something worthy of display in the Museum of Modern Art. What’s most important is what you get out of the experience and how it makes you feel. Set yourself up for success by having the right tools, like easels, paper, and brushes. You may want to try a few different mediums before settling on the one you prefer. Though art therapy is beneficial, it may not fix everything. If you’re struggling, reach out for mental health help.

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