Pablo Picasso once said, “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” By this quote, Picasso was making reference to the fact that art has the ability to give a person peace of mind by giving them some relief from the daily stresses they undergo. Mental health experts have also drawn to the same conclusion and there are a number who will prescribe art therapy to their patients.
Let’s take a look at 4 valuable health benefits of art.
Art can be used to relieve stress
Most people don’t know that you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy art. As a matter of fact, through engaging in art activities like drawing, sculpting, painting and even photography as a hobby has been known to be very relaxing and really easy way to reduce your stress levels. The idea behind it is that as you engage your mind in these artistic activities which require an element of concentration on the art form itself, you end up giving your brain just the right distraction therefore giving it a break from the many thoughts that were causing you stress.
Art increases your mental fitness
When engaging in art, you basically engage your brain in a lot of creative thinking. Mental health experts believe that this is a good form of exercise for your brain and will help increase your mental fitness as well as prevent memory loss. The science behind is that your brain needs communication between its different cells in order to stay sharp. One of the best and effective ways to achieve this is through engaging your mind in some creative thinking.
Art will enhance your problem solving abilities
The beauty about art is that there is no correct answer that you are striving to arrive at. Because it mostly involves creative thinking, your mind is able to develop its own unique solutions to the challenges you are facing with regards to the art form you are trying to create. This element of out of the box thinking enhances your problem solving abilities which can be applied to other aspects of your life as well. Most of this is made possible by the fact that when it comes to art, both hemispheres of your brain that is both the right and left sides are engaged in the creative process therefore increasing your brain power which contributes to your problem solving abilities.
Art has a positive effect on your physical and psychological health
Studies have revealed that art is actually one of the social determinants of our health. In as much as it won’t cure a particular disease you may be suffering from, it will help alleviate some of the symptoms. For instance, music as well as visual arts have a soothing effect which has been known to alleviate pain, calm nerves, reduce stress and even help people express their feelings which enhances their peace of mind.
There are of course many other benefits which we will encourage you to engage in art and make these discoveries on your own.
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