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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Art Therapy At Home 2.0

It's been well over a year since my last art therapy session but I still rely on the practice to keep my anxiety in check. There's something very freeing about art therapy, and I find it can help release stopped-up feelings as it doesn't require you to actually try and articulate your emotions in a way for someone else to listen to or understand. Today I thought I'd share another load of little work books I use whenever I have a little art therapy session by myself at home. If you haven't checked out my original Art Therapy At Home post then definitely do so as it features some more artistic and creative ideas for art therapy as opposed to the more structured work books in this post!
Moodles Work Books ::
These two new Moodles workbooks are the reason I wanted to write this post! I picked them up for just £1.99 each from B&M bargains, although you can pay full price (£5) for them on Amazon if you so wish! They're quite small - around A5 size - which is fab because it means you can just tuck one into your bag and moodle on the go. Each focusses on a different emotion and inside are a bunch of different doodle prompts to help lift you out of your negativity. I bought my little sister the 'Grumpy' edition (you'll understand why if you've read this post), my mum the 'Stressed' edition and myself the 'Happy' edition.
These are dozens of pages in each Moodle book, although the one above was from my 'Happy' one. Each idea really does bring a little smile to my face and some are so adorable - for example the prompt that asks you to doodle some furry socks onto a 'chilly' polar bear or the prompt that asks you to doodle yourself as a kitten. Some are more personal, for example the prompt that asks you to doodle your favourite view 'so that you can take some time to enjoy it whenever you have a spare minute' or the prompt that asks you to write yourself a love letter. I've tried out many different 'self care' or 'self help' work books but these are definitely my favourites.
 
Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel ::
This workbook is a little more in-depth than the Moodle offerings and is definitely more therapeutic as it's specifically for self-exploration. It's a very dainty book packed with beautiful, inspiring quotes illustrated in watercolour alongside really thought-provoking questions and activities. I feel like this book offers the most art therapy-eqsue experience as it really gets you thinking and feeling. I fill in this workbook when I'm alone and tucked up in bed - it's not something I'd feel comfortable doing around other people.
So there you go - three more options for practicing art therapy at home! Definitely take a look at the Moodles workbooks if you can find them in B&M - I found them over with the notebooks and children's books. If you'd like some other self-care book inspiration then check out my Self-Care Book Collection!



9 comments:

  1. Such a lovely blog post. Your photography is great, and i love the idea of these self-care books.

    Jasmine McRae | UK Beauty Blog

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  2. I feel like most self-care books tend be serious so it's nice to see these. I will definitely be looking for the Moodles books next time I'm at B&N. Thanks for the suggestions! ♥

    mooeyandfriends.blogspot.com

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    1. I think so too! These ones - especially the Moodles books - are a lot more light-hearted. Youre welcome! x

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  3. I've actually heard about the Start Where You Are one and it sounds so great, I really want to buy it but I've never seen it anywhere around. It does look lovely, though. Always love seeing art therapy or self-help books, I like that they're getting more popular! Xx

    Life in Blue Skies | A Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I got my copy from Amazon if that helps! x

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  4. I really like the look of these! I'll have to nip into my local B&M and see if they have those moodles ones. I think the second one appeals to me more though, it sounds great.

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    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy them if you find them! x

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  5. These are all such great books - so useful.

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