Singing, dancing, painting, or writing can help to boost confidence and make us feel more engaged and resilient. Besides these benefits, art engagement also alleviates anxiety, depression, and stress.
Several studies support poetry therapy as one approach to the treatment of depression, as it has been repeatedly shown to alleviate depressive symptoms, improve self-esteem and self-understanding and encourage the expression of feelings.
In Action Mental Health we have some very talented poets who all agree that writing poetry helps them get to the heart of their thoughts or feelings that they don’t quite understand or those that they want others to better understand.
Last year Catherine Cunningham, based at AMH New Horizons Belfast, wrote this very clever acrostic poem to help you remember how you can look after your mental well-being this Christmas.