It enriches the soul.
Art therapy and artistic expression, in general, is good for the soul. Many people can benefit from this healing property of art therapy, especially during the holiday season and over the cold winter months. Creating an art piece from scratch has a variety of therapeutic elements especially for older adults. GoodTherapy even goes so far as to refer to art therapy as a “self-portrait for the soul.”
It provides a variety of good mental health practices.
Holidays can trigger toxic habits for mental health such as focusing on how quickly time has passed or all the people may have been lost over the years. This is especially true for seniors. Art therapy can help provide some healthy habits for the mental wellness. VeryWellMind notes that, “Art, either the process of creating it or viewing others artworks, is used to help people explore their emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills.”