Is your average day filled with constant consuming of information and fulfilling of responsibilities? In our hectic, always-connected world of television, social media, and on-demand everything, it can be increasingly easy to spend all of your time just getting by. Creative art offers an outlet and a break from all that noise. The power of art and creative thinking gives us time to ignore all incoming signals from the world and to embrace and express our internal thoughts and feelings instead. Art, when used as therapy, aids in the healing process, both physically and mentally.
This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to make time to be creative through any medium of art you choose. The benefits of art are many and range from processing feelings, reducing stress and anxiety, increasing self-esteem and improving your overall emotional happiness. Choose any creative art form, but we challenge you to try something new, something a little outside of your comfort zone. Whether it be painting, writing, drawing, sculpting, taking photographs, song writing or singing, self-expression has the ability to give your minds a break from the constant responsibilities of everyday life. Our challenge isn’t as much about the finished project as it is about the therapeutic process of doing art.
Intuitively, we know creativity is good for us and our creative passions make us happy. Science also confirms the benefits of creativity. A 2010 article review published in the American Journal of Public Health called The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature, set out to measure how art and creative thinking affect mental and physical health. The article’s findings revealed that art and creative thinking have strong connections to mental health benefits as well as physical benefits. Specifically, these researchers discovered how creativity affects the brain and body, leading to benefits such as increased mood, decreased anxiety, heightened cognitive function, reduced risk of chronic illnesses and improved immune health. If you’d like to read more about the benefits of art, here’s the link! (https://relaxtheback.com/blogs/news/health-benefits-of-creativity)
Benefits of creating art outlined by HealthBeatblog.org:
Reduces Stress by providing a healthy distraction.
Boosts Self-Esteem by giving a sense of accomplishment.
Stimulates problem-solving because it encourages out-of-the-box thinking and there is no right answer.
Increases mobility and fine motor skills by repetitive eye-hand movements and stimulated brain connection.
We look forward to seeing your creative masterpieces. Remember though, it is the therapeutic process of doing art that is more important than the finished piece. Have fun, try something new, and do not become paralyzed by the false voice in your head that tells you, “I am not creative” or “I am not an artist.”