Work-related stress is a real thing, and it can turn the office environment toxic. There are deadlines, individual personal issues, and sometimes the ever-increasing demands of management can also give birth to work-related stress of various types and combinations. Employees are constantly exposed to tough situations; decisions of management can burden the tender shoulders of employees. Not only is this harmful to their mental and physical health, but it largely reflects in their work too.
It is necessary that organisations come forward to make their employees feel secure, and help them find the lost work-life balance. However, a lot of therapies suggested by psychiatrists might put your budget off the trail where as art therapies like Mandala artwork can work wonders and also, easily fit in your budget.
Practically speaking, not each one of your employees can afford to go to a psychiatrist. And it never happens that a person will walk through the doors of a psychiatrist and will instantly speak about their problems, it can take weeks depending on their stress-level and problems.
What mandala art (or any other art therapy) does is, it instantly starts working on reducing the stress of a person. No one has to open up to anybody, but instead people can reflect their problems in the form of colors. Art can be therapeutic, and it can help vent out the emotional whirlpool that is gripping a person. It is self-revealing and less painful than talking. A lot of people go through their own set of problems, life in urban cities is hectic and people lose their work-life balance over time. But it is very painful for them to talk about it and this stress can soon turn into depression. Mandala art can provide them a way to self-heal.
Working with a licensed mandala artist provides professional counselling to understand one’s state of mind and emotions. It can be beneficial to provide tailor-made therapy.
People feel pressured at all the time, a sudden change in their physical environment or any change in their lifestyle can trigger stress. We live in a hectic world, which forces us to follow a monotonous pattern of life. Creativity is lost in the same and what remains is the residue that lacks the “wow-factor” in the delivered work. Along with the management being disappointed, the people themselves are unhappy with their poor performance. Not being able to concentrate on work is one of the major issues faced by employees under stress. Mandala art helps them slow down and calm their minds. Art rejuvenates them, refuels new energy to take on the challenges and cope in their own time being.
Any person who feels pressured with work, or has mental health issues including anxiety, attention disorder, depression, dementia, or has faced grief and loss, is facing relationship issues can benefit from Mandala art therapy.
The process of art therapy doesn’t imply finding the next Picasso in your office, it simply focuses on the process of creating something new. Mandala artists use color psychology to assess a person current state and help them cope from it by using various therapeutic methods. It is about connecting the dots of your life, and you can start from where you find it the easiest.
Self-discovery is important as over time, people start to lose themselves bit by bit and own to the notions and expectations people have from them. Creating art can help them acknowledge and recognize the subdued feelings that are causing them pain. This helps them readjust their objectives and allow them to realize their responsibilities towards an organization.
There are mandala art therapies, specifically designed for improving teamwork amongst your employees. They have proven beneficial in eliminating misunderstanding and toxic competitiveness amongst employees and replace it with integrity to help each other perform better. Also, it is good to find each other talents and how you can use them to improve your work.
Life is complicated and emotions make it more complex. People usually find it very difficult to let go and move on. Their feeling and fears are stop them from becoming the best version of themselves. Sadness and anger sometimes can be more devastating then we think. Art provides a healthy way to release all such pent up emotions in the form of colors and patterns. Instead of feeling embarrassed about a certain situation, one simply starts expressing through art.
Nothing makes a person more confident than knowing he/she can tackle their problems on their own. The path of self-discovery can untangle their mind and reinstate a newfound confidence in their abilities. And you will soon start seeing in them leadership qualities, improved decision making and ability to assess a situation close to accurate.
Will I be able to retain my job next fiscal? My poor performance might hinder my chances of getting a promotion? The new employee hired, is he my replacement? People are worried all the time with these and many other problems; it only results in a lack of concentration and reduced self-esteem. Creating art can help them relax their mind and start over again.
Each person is creative in their own way; they have their unique talents, and art can be very beneficial in enhancing creativity. The best thing about mandala art is; it gives them the freedom to take the lead of their own life and their talent. As I said earlier it is not about finding the next Picasso, but surely it will help them find themselves.Putting it all together
Mandala Art is a beautiful process but most importantly it is self-revealing. Even professional painters express their emotions, thoughts with colors and patterns. Mandala art therapy can thus serve the same purpose in your organization to create a very healthy work environment. It works with each employee individually or in a group. Your employee well-being is your responsibility, plus it will always benefit you in the form of their piqued energy, creativity, productivity and unshakeable belief in your values and vision!
This blog was contributed to us by Ranjini Rao. She is a Mandal Art expert, Executive Coach, Design Thinker, Wellness & Arts Counsellor, Growth Mindset Mentor, B2B Digital Strategy Consultant and one of our favourite associate facilitators!