Visual art offers an outlet and a release. Produce something. Express yourself in some way. As long as you contribute rather than consume, anything you do can be a work of art. Studies indicate that creative self-expression and exposure to the arts have wide-ranging effects on not only cognitive, emotional and physical health.
Simple artistic activities like drawing, painting or sculpting clay can soothe parts of the brain to supplement healing from trauma responses. Creativity can also build resilience and a sense of safety which is essential to healing.