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The Proven Mental Health Benefits of Creating Art

The Proven Mental Health Benefits of Creating Art

Last week, we talked about The Proven Mental Health Benefits of Owning Art. This week I’d like to highlight The Proven Mental Health Benefits of CREATING Art.

Art, undeniably, is a powerful therapeutic practice. Thus, it is not surprising to see that throughout history, art has served a form visual expression and a form of healing. We all have the gift of creativity within us. When our inner creativity unfolds, it takes us on a healing journey and renders benefits like fulfillment, personal growth, self-expression and wellness.

Consequently, studies conducted to date, show artists are thriving from the mental health benefits of creating art.

What Do The Stats Say?

Source: Benefits of Viewing Art – by inValuable

Relaxation & Meditation

The current happenings of the world together with the increasing pace of life, has led to an increase in stress for many of us. Thankfully, making art reduces negative emotions like anxiety and stress. Creating is an experience akin to meditation providing a much-needed break from the happenings and busyness of life.

Eases the Difficulty of Health Conditions

Creating has often been used a form of therapy to help us forget about develop a mindset that supports healing. Creating can also help to manage the effects of our illnesses by lowering high stress levels on the mind and body, allowing for better healing.

Increased Brain Connectivity

A study completed by Bolwerk et al., examined how art changes your brain. Creating proved to increase our psychological resilience, our ability to adapt to changes. Studies also show that when engaging in creative and complex activities, the brain creates new connections between the right and left hemispheres.

Restored Focus & Concentration

Leonardo da Vinci said, “Painting embraces all the 10 functions of the eye: darkness, light, body and color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.” Thus, creating helps to notice detail and pay more attention to our environment. Our creative thinking and problem solving transcend into a greater ability to focus and concentrate.

Improved Quality of Life in Dementia Patients

Creating has often been used as a form of therapy for dementia patients. Creating enhances cognitive abilities and memory, in addition to aiding symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Ready to Capture the Benefits of Creating?

The mental health benefits of creating are invaluable!

You don’t need to be master painter to reap the rewards of creativity. There’s a huge misconception about being an artist.

Most people believe that you are born with talent, and creating art is limited to the lucky few.
However, it is a passion often born from curiosity and a willingness to try.

Your desire to create can have long term benefits.
If you’ve ever had the urge to embrace your artistic side more, why not try?

Your mind and body will that you!

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