Creating art is another great way to boost your mental and emotional wellbeing and can have many benefits for your physical and psychological health. Creating art has been known to be incredibly helpful in treating many mental health disorders such as Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. Here we take a look at some of the great benefits for our mental wellbeing:
Art is therapy
Art is a great form of therapy for many psychological conditions and even some brain injuries. Art can often be used as therapy, such as painting classes and art therapy groups, as it calms and relaxes the mind, as well as helping you to focus.
Art is relaxing and a form of meditation
Art is also a great form of relaxation. To quote the famous painter, Leonardo da Vinci, “Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eye; that is to say, darkness, light, body and color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.”
Creating art trains you to concentrate on detail and pay more attention to your environment. In this way, it acts like meditation.
Art distracts your mind from other stresses and allows you to focus on the now. According to research done In The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature, researchers analysed and reported on the findings of over 100 studies done on the effects of art on physical and psychological health. It was found that a popular form of stress relief is the use of colouring books. They found that art reduced the amount of cortisol released into the blood. High amounts of the chemical cortisol can lead to depression, anxiety and elevated stress levels.
Art boosts Self Esteem and provides you with a sense of Achievement
Painting a picture, colouring or finishing a sculpture can give you a sense of pride and a feeling of accomplishment. For example, you may put up painting you have finished and this can boost your self-esteem.
Crafting hobbies of all kinds — knitting, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography, woodworking, gardening, and do-it-yourself home repair — can increase dopamine, helping to ward off depression..
Creating art can also:
- Increase your Brain Connectivity and Plasticity: Your brain’s ability to grow connections and change throughout your lifetime is called brain plasticity or neuroplasticity. Creating art stimulates communication between various parts of the brain, by increasing your brain plasticity, fluid intelligence, IQ and attention.
- Enhances your Problem Solving Skills: Art can improve your problem solving skills. Studies have shown that art improves your decision making skills and helps you deal with adverse and difficult situations with more patience.
- Improves Brain Function and Cognitive Ability: Art improves your overall brain function as it helps to create new connections in the brain. Creating art also helps to develop our cognitive skills such as learning and memory.