Some people believe that art can only be made by those who are considered gifted and talented. In more recent years people have begun breaking from this stereotype and expressing themselves creatively even if they have not previously considered themselves creative. Art, no matter who is doing it, can be beneficial to your mind, body, and spirit.
Art has been found to be very beneficial for stress relief, memory, and even self esteem. Not only in creating art, but also in viewing art. According to a study conducted by the University of Westminster, participants who visited an art gallery on their lunch break reported feeling less stressed afterwards. They had lower concentrations of cortisol, the stress hormone, from just 35 minutes spent roaming the gallery. When it comes to creating art, people can view this creation process in a way similar to relaxing and meditating. For example creating art can allow you to concentrate on details and pay more attention to your environment. In this way, it acts like a meditation experience. Adult coloring books have become a popular trend in the last couple years, leading it to become a common practice for people transitioning into art therapy.
Creative Thinking and Memory
If you follow certain doctors and medical professionals you may have heard of the term neurobics. This term is used to describe brain exercises that use your senses in new and different ways, which is exactly what creating art can do for you. In fact, a study showed that dementia patients saw a huge improvement in their memory from creating art. The benefits for memory goes even beyond dementia patients. Participating in the neurobic activities creates new and improved connections between brain cells, which helps with overall brain function.
Want to feel more accomplished? Want to feel better about yourself and others? When viewing or creating art, dopamine levels can increase. Dopamine helps boost drive, focus, concentration, and can help to promote happiness. According to Psychology Today, dopamine is the reward molecule that is responsible for reward-driven behaviour and pleasure seeking. So, if you want to get that rush, set a goal and achieve it. These higher levels of dopamine when it comes to art make you feel happier and make you feel like you have achieved something.
The sheer amount of benefits that art has for the brain and body is miraculous. The brain responds so well to art that it starts to grow better connections within itself, leading to heightened intelligence down the line. Art is not just for those who are stereotypically creative, and science has shown that anybody can benefit from what art has to offer. So, next time you are thinking about skipping that art exhibit or don’t feel like signing up for that art class, remember how much you could benefit from it all, inside and out.