If you are interested in art or are an artist yourself, this article is for you! Check out how art can reduce stress, boost self esteem, increase problem solving skills, and more!
1. Art for Stress
Painting, writing, singing, photography, and many other art forms have been proven to reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing. This is because art ~in any form~ can be very rewarding, and the success of creating can allow you to be confident in yourself and your abilities.
Art takes a lot attention, meaning it can be an "escape" from stress and anxiety. Whenever I'm feeling down or overwhelmed, I pick up a paintbrush and let the art do the talking. Give it a go!
2. Art + Problem Solving Skills
Studies have shown that art can help to improve problem solving skills in children and young adults. This is due to the fact that art teaches you that there is always more than one way to solve a problem, and whether it's dancing, painting, sculpting, or writing, you will use critical thinking.
What many do not realize is that with any form of art you are constantly challenging yourself to solve problems and be creative. An artist can become very inventive, and can even gain the same inventive drive that one would need to succeed in the area of innovation and technology.
It is very important that children and young adults get the opportunity to delve into the arts to be able to express their creative side. The arts can improve problem solving skills for the classroom and for adulthood.
3. Art and Self Esteem
Wanna know a way to instantly feel happier? Studies show that art actually makes you happier because it increases the dopamine levels in your brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter known as the "happy chemical" and it is responsible for sleep, metabolism, memory, and emotional well-being. This means the neurotransmitter dopamine can help to ward off sadness and/or depression.
Painting your own masterpiece and hanging it on the wall brings a great great sense of accomplishment, and those small victories lead to a happier and healthier mind!
4. The Art of Observation
All artists see the world in different ways. As an artist (even if you aren't an expert and/or can only draw a stick figure) you learn to see everything around you in a different light. In other words, artists aren't typically those to see the world in black-and-white.
The arts are a great way to begin to challenge yourself to observe the world around you in a more artistic view, and it's an easy pathway to channeling your inner creativity.
“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.”
-Leonardo da Vinci
-If you are interested in becoming an artist or want your child to start embracing their creativity, check out my favorite beginner art supplies. These are some of my absolute favorite art supplies and I still use them to this day!
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Until next time,