Creating art is an effective way to stimulate the brain and anyone can do it. Learn the various benefits of art and why it is so helpful for our mental health.
There are several misconceptions floating around regarding art.
Some may think that you have to be creating paintings or sculptures to be considered as a real artist.
Others believe that you are either born with talent – or not.
Many are afraid that since they are not good at something, there is no point, and they will benefit from doing it.
Another myth is that you have to work with an art therapist to get any therapeutic benefit from doing art.
However, we are all born with an innate desire to express ourselves and art encompasses a wider range of activities than you may have ever imagined.
Here are some of the best ways creative expression can benefit your brain and mental health to make you happier and a healthier person.
Creating Art Relieves Stress
Activities like painting, sculpting, drawing, and photography are relaxing and rewarding hobbies that can lower your stress levels and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm. (1)
Creating art provides a form of distraction, giving your brain a break from your usual thoughts.
An average person has around 60,000 thoughts per day and 95% of your thoughts are the same day in, day out! (2)
When you are totally immersed in a creative endeavor, you may find yourself in what is known as “the zone” or in a state of “flow.”
This meditative-like state focuses your mind and temporarily pushes aside all your worries.
Leonardo Da Vinci said, “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 details and pay more attention to your environment. In this way, it acts like meditation.
If you would like to try it out, you can have a look at our Paint by Numbers Kit 😊