Guest Speaker Allison Barton, Art Therapist.
Allison is a Clinical Professional Counselor, and works in private practice at Dr. Mark Parisi's office in Mount prospect Illinois. She spoke to the club about Art Therapy.
Basically she said that you are doing art therapy if you do all or most of the activities listed below.
  • Listen to music
  • Spend time outdoor
  • Exercise at least 3 to 5 times a week
  • Do mindful breathing from your diaphragm
  • Eat healthy food
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit caffeine, especially after lunch
  • Make time for enjoyable relaxation
  • Spend time with friends who are fun and supportive
  • Be creative
  • Keep organized
  • Tackle a task you’ve been avoiding
  • Explore new places
  • Spend time with pets
  • Pray, attend church or other spiritual activities
  • Accept and listen to your feelings
  • Express gratitude to yourself and others
  • Get enough sleep every night
  • Wake up at a consistent time everyday
  • Take medications as prescribed by your health practitioner
  • Get help for or take care of illnesses or injuries
  • Focus on something else when you are ruminating
  • Inspire yourself with poems, quotes or images
  • Wear comfortable clothes that make you feel good
  • Say no when you need to
  • Ask for help when you need to
  • Balance responsibilities and fun