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Mental Health and Art

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke” – Jerzy Kosinski

We all have our respective hobbies, things we do out of pure enjoyment – ranging from anything like drawing or painting to dancing, acting and creating music. These hobbies evoke true happiness and acts as an outlet for our creative passions and endeavors.

Today, we take some time to discuss a specific passion – Art.

Whether you pursue art as a career and paint absolute masterpieces or simply paint as a hobby and come up with very indecipherable landscapes now and then – art means something different to everyone and will almost always evoke some form of emotion. Art is a way to unleash our imagination, explore the extent of creativity, embark on a new journey with every painting and truly stimulate our brains.

It is said that art is exceptionally beneficial to your health, contributing to happiness and mental well-being. Creating art increases your levels of dopamine, which boosts focus, drive and concentration (also known as the feel-good chemical). In fact, there are various benefits to art, irrespective of whether you view or create it. Below, we take a look at some of the biggest benefits surrounding art and mental health –

Stress Relief

Having a creative outlet isn’t simply for the purpose of passing time or creating a pretty picture. It is your own, unique way of expressing yourself – sometimes in ways that no words or any other actions can. It has the ability to lower your stress levels, decrease distress and assist with various factors such as depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Art is its very own form of therapy, helping individuals focus and find an outlet for their emotions. At works similar to meditation – it helps your brain to focus on small details and pay attention to the task at hand, helping you feel centered, relaxed and free.

Improved Confidence & Self-Esteem

Working on a piece of art and seeing the end result or finished product of your time and effort, has the ability to give you a tremendous sense of accomplishment, pride, confidence and boosted self-esteem. Luckily, it doesn’t matter what others think of your art, as long as you are happy with your creative result.

Creative thinking

There is no right and wrong when it comes to art. You do not have to follow any rules, stick to any guidelines or adhere to any instructions. You have free reign over anything and everything you want to try and you can let your creativity run wild to your heart’s content. Art inspires us to be innovative and think outside the box, finding new, daring ways to accomplish whatever your imagination comes up with. It stimulates our brains and unique sense of self-expression.

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