The benefits of art for your mental health

April 23, 2018

When it comes to the topic of art, there appear to be a great many misconceptions floating around about it. For instance, a lot of people believe that in order to call yourself a “real” artist, you have to first do something such as sculpt or paint, while other people believe that someone can simply be born with artistic talent. On the other hand, there are those who are afraid that if they aren't good at something, there's really no point in attempting it. Therefore, they won't obtain any of the useful benefits.

 

However, we are all born with the sheer desire to show expression in whatever ways we can think of. In terms of art, a wide variety of activities can be utilized – more than you possibly could have ever imagined.

 

Here are some of the most useful mental benefits regarding art that can greatly help you.

 

Stress Relief

When you take part in an activity such as the aforementioned sculpting or painting, your stress level will decrease so much that you begin to feel mentally clear, as well as calm. This is possible because art provides you with a good enough distraction to allow your brain to take a break from all of your usual thoughts that you have. On average, a person has approximately 60,000 thoughts each and every single day, with 95% of them being about the exact same things. Taking on an art project will help to not only focus your mind, but also push all of your worries aside.

 

Self-Esteem and a Sense of Accomplishment

Just like hanging up a piece of artwork from a child can help to boost their self-esteem and also provide them with a sense of accomplishment, doing the exact same thing with your own artwork can also give you the same benefits. To be exact, this can help increase the levels of dopamine in your body, which will help to also provide you with more motivation. Additionally, you will have a much easier time planning ahead and resisting outside impulses, which will enable you to better achieve all of your goals.

 

Creative Thinking

As opposed to math, when it comes to art, there is absolutely no answer that can be incorrect in any way, shape, or form. Because of this, art is wonderful at helping to encourage creative thinking and allowing you to come up with your own solutions that can be distinctly unique. Additionally, taking on an art project and using your brain at the same time will help stimulate your brain enough to where new neutrons will end up growing.

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