Misophonia sufferers often spend a lot of time searching for a cure, or a few good coping methods. It’s just a way of life for many of us. Some find it difficult to cope with the disorder, but for others, it’s as easy as creating some art. Whether they write, create music, paint, draw, or sculpt, these creative people find great solace in this form of therapy. There are many ways that they practice this, but it all comes down to self expression. Whatever they do, they do it as a way to create something personal, and that’s part of the beauty. Art therapy is a way to creatively express oneself, and it can promote healing, meditation, and coping. In the psychological community, it is seen as a way to develop yourself and as a way to cope with any issues you may face.
A quick, informal survey that gathered around 50 votes was done in a group of artists with misophonia. It showed that most respondents agreed that creating art is a way to process their thoughts and emotions, and a non-verbal way to express emotions. They also agreed that creating art is a good way to express themselves and let out negative emotions. And there are even more benefits. They can create something they are proud of, they can turn pain into something beautiful, and it can be a distraction from triggers. There may be even more uses for art therapy out there, but these are some of the best and most common ones. This goes to show exactly how useful art therapy is to many people, and shows promise for the large number of sufferers who have never attempted to use art as a form of therapy.
Moreover, sharing the art that they create seems to be a great help to many sufferers. The community of artists with sensory processing disorders is a small, tightly knit group that seems to find great joy in sharing what they’re proud of and seeing the art that others create. This is a great support system for all of them. It is a positive, safe space for everyone, whether they create art or just like looking at it. When they need someone to talk to, that’s taken care of. When they want to discuss art and share what they’re proud of, they’re able to. Simply put, art therapy groups are a safe, happy place for people to go, a place where they can forget their issues for a while and just enjoy human creativity. This level of love and support is important for anyone who is currently coping with misophonia.
Best of all, art therapy is easy to start. It can be as easy as starting a diary and doing some writing, or creating some lyrics based on your feelings, or picking up your cellphone and snapping some nice pictures. You don’t need to be talented and you don’t need much equipment, you just need to be open minded and ready to express yourself. If you can do that, then you may be a step away from finding some peace of mind very soon.
By Victoria MacNeil Leblanc