5 EASY ways to improve your mental health using ART 

 Activate, Express, explore, regulate, Empower

This FREE eBook will support you to use art as a form of behavioural activation, find ways to explore and regulate emotions and empower you to express yourself authentically. 

Thanks for clicking on the link to access my free Ebook- '5 easy ways to improve mental health using art'

My name is Lesley and I'm and art therapist. It is my mission to share the therapeutic benefits of art and creativity with as many people as possible, especially how art can help for mental health and wellbeing.

I don't need to remind you of how important it is to look after your mental health and that of your loved ones. 
It feels that mental health is being spoken about in society a lot more however it can still be tricky especially as there is still a lot of stigma surrounding it so can be very tricky.  
The majority of mental health treatments is still use verbal methods and although talking therapies can be helpful, they are not for everyone. Sometimes 'words are not enough' or thoughts feelings and experiences feel too painful to talk about.
This is one of the reasons why I love being an art therapist as I love helping people to express themselves, manage their emotions, process experiences and gain insights in a creative way.
Anyway..... what's this Ebook all about then?
A small and mighty practical resource to use in your own time in order to improve emotional wellbeing. It includes accessible information and creative activities within 5 categories so that you can feel empowered to take action as it feels helpful in the moment.

Not everyone is able to access art therapy nor do they need to and this booklet can allow you to take steps to keep your mental health on track 
as well as to feel better when not feeling on point. 

The 5 pillars of art healing!
1) Activation: Increase your understanding of 'behavioural activation' and how art can be used as a way to change your mental state purely through the commitment to action and the feeling of enjoyment and achievement

2) Expression: Possibly the most obvious one.  I encourage you to express yourself using creative means. It can be difficult to express ourselves sometimes and so making art can be a way to authentically express a thought feeling or experience without worrying how it might be received by others. 

3)Regulation: Emotional ups and downs are inevitable in life but sometimes it can feel too much. Art can be used to create a feeling of calm or to energise depending on your emotional state simply by choosing different art materials and different types of activities. 

4)Explore: Being able to explore different aspects of ourselveves and the world is essential in life and especially important when in pivotal times of develpment and experiencing life transitions. The use of images, symbols and metaphors can allow different insights to be revealed with new meanings. 

5)Empower: Feeling empowered using art isn't about making high quality images and artefacts but more about making connections to ones self and recognising the stages along the journey. Creatively recognising achievements can feel less awkward for people sometimes and having an embodied sense of where heading can be significantly more powerful than just talking or writing about achievements and goals.