Man in suit and tie standing at a window looking at cell phoneWhile anxiety is a normal human experience, it’s not always easy to manage on your own. Anxiety can make you feel like you don’t have control over your life. Although everyone experiences anxiety occasionally, persistent or chronic anxiety can be a significant issue for many people.

If you struggle with anxiety, you’re not alone. It’s important to find effective ways to manage the symptoms and combat its effects. Remember, your anxiety doesn’t define you. Even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment, it is possible to overcome these thoughts and feelings.

Let’s learn more about how creative expression can help combat anxiety.

How Creative Expression Helps Combat Anxiety

Creative expression can be a powerful tool for combating anxiety. Here’s how engaging in creative activities can help alleviate anxious thoughts and feelings:

1. Provides an Emotional Outlet

When words fail, art can communicate feelings that are difficult to articulate. This emotional release can reduce internal stress and anxiety.

2. Promotes Mindfulness

Engaging in creative endeavors often requires focus and concentration, which can help bring your mind into the present moment. This mindfulness aspect can reduce rumination on past events or worries about the future.

3. Enhances Self-Awareness

By exploring your thoughts and emotions through art, you can gain a better understanding of what triggers your anxiety and how it affects you.

4. Boosts Mood and Provides a Sense of Accomplishment

Woman wearing sneakers, shorts and t-shirt dancing outsideCompleting a creative project can provide a sense of accomplishment and boost your mood. This positive reinforcement can counteract feelings of inadequacy or helplessness that often accompany anxiety.

5. Reduces Stress Levels

Creative activities can be relaxing and enjoyable, which helps reduce stress. Lower stress levels can lead to reduced anxiety.

6. Provides a Healthy Distraction

Creative expression can serve as a healthy distraction from anxious thoughts. By focusing your energy on creating something, you divert your attention away from worries and concerns.

What are Some Art-Based Methods of Anxiety Treatment?

If you don’t consider yourself an artist or creative, don’t worry — you don’t have to be the next Mozart or Picasso. Here’s how you can incorporate some art-based therapy methods into your routine:


Dancing is a great form of creative expression to help the body and the mind. Moving your body through dance can help to relieve stress levels and release pent-up emotions.

When dance is involved in social settings, it can be even more positive for your overall mental health and wellness.

Drawing or Painting

Channel those anxious thoughts and feelings into a canvas. Drawing or painting can help you focus on the present moment instead of letting your worries from the past or future consume you.


Woman looking down at paper on table and drawingYou don’t have to be a musician to see the benefits of music as a creative expression. Music has been known to influence emotions. Playing as well as listening can help you lower the stress levels and find inner peace.


A lot of people tend to hold onto their thoughts and emotions instead of releasing them. While this may be a good short-term solution, this can lead to worsening signs and symptoms.

Writing is an amazing way to help get all of those thoughts and emotions out. Next time you’re feeling stressed or anxious, try to write a short story, poem, or a journal entry.

How to Get Started

Creative expression can be beneficial to help combat anxiety or depression, reduce stress levels, and help to relieve signs and symptoms of other mental health conditions. It’s also extremely beneficial to relieving stress levels and being a positive attribute to one’s overall mental health and wellness.

Need help getting started with expressive art in therapy? If you are struggling, you can learn more about treatment for anxiety here. Then reach out to me today to learn more about how creative expression can help you relieve your anxiety symptoms.