4 Ways Art Improves Your Well-being

If you’re like many people, you may have turned away from regularly making time for art projects after experiences in school.

Maybe you worked really hard on a piece and enjoyed the process but became discouraged when it received a low grade.

Well, take heart, art lover. Because someone else’s opinion of your artwork really doesn’t matter. If you think back on those creative processes and remember them bringing you enjoyment, science shows us it’s for good reason.

Here are 4 Ways Art Improves Your Well-being

  1. Reduced stress

    When you immerse yourself in the process of creation you’re actually engaging the same parts of your brain that are activated during meditation. You are releasing dopamine (feel-good hormones), lowering your heart rate and blood pressure, and experiencing the physical and emotional benefits of mindfulness.

  2. Increased Brain Connectivity

    As you make a masterpiece you are creating new neurotransmitter connections in the brain. By doing so, the more you practice creativity, the more creative you become. You’ll also improve your critical thinking skills as you analyze the steps you need to take to complete your project.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

  1. Ease from discomfort

    Art is often used as a form of therapy for the elderly, children being treated for illnesses, and in rehab programs. As your brain and body experience the meditative benefits of the creative process, you’ll notice improvement in chronic physical conditions.

  2. Increased confidence

    Art gives you the opportunity to complete a project in a way that only you can. Your finished product is a unique expression of yourself. The more you give yourself the chance to feel good about your self-expression and enjoy the sense of accomplishment, the more confident you will become.

The next time you think to yourself, “Maybe I should get out my sketchpad,” or “I used to love watercolor, maybe I should buy some,” don’t second guess yourself. You have no due dates now on getting something finished and you won’t be graded.

You’re sure to notice the benefits increase more and more as you continue to practice.

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  • Lynne
    April 17, 2019

    Great article…I find that when working in my sketchbooks, time seems to “disappear” and I enter a sort of meditative state.

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