Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Marital and Family Therapy

School or College

College of Communication and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Einat Metzl

Abstract

A two week self-study was conducted to explore the use of self-care and its impact on well-being on the life of an art therapy graduate student. This study examined self-care through the use of weekly exercise, yoga and art as well as looking at the Wellness Evaluation of Lifestyle Notes that focused on five areas of well-being (Coping Self, Creative Self, Social Self, Essential Self, and Physical Self) which was documented bi-weekly. The literature review covers self-care, well-being and identifying barriers, the rationale for investing in self-care, and selfcare activities: exercise, yoga and art. Further implications of the use of self-care activities such as exercise, yoga and reflective art making were reviewed for clinical application in the field of art therapy, both for the client and art therapist. This research process allowed for an in depth exploration of the self, it furthered our knowledge regarding the efficacy of self-care and developed a deeper sense of self/self-awareness which benefitted our well-being personally and professionally.

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