Creating Art has Mental Health Benefits

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Art for Mental Health

According to the American Journal of Public Health in 2010, there were over 100 studies conducted which determined that there are several health perks to nurturing your creative side. The art can range from music, poetry, painting, drawing, photography and more. The benefits identified by the researchers of the studies include:

  • “Art filled occupational voids, distracted thoughts of illness”
  • “Improved well-being by decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones”
  • “Improved medical outcomes, trends toward reduced depression”
  • “Reductions in stress and anxiety; increases in positive emotions”
  • “Reductions in distress and negative emotions”
  • “Improvements in flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity, and social networks”

As you can see just about anyone can improve their health by spending some time being creative. It was shown that there was change on the cellular level.  The Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine found that HIV patients who spent time writing, had change occur on the cellular level, improving their immune system.

There are mental health and physical health benefits when we create art. Nurturing your inner artist will improve your overall wellbeing. Think about creating something with your family or a group of friends as a way to take care of yourself. Don’t limit yourself creatively, just go for it. Pick up a paint brush, a pencil or open a document on your computer and allow yourself to be creatively free, you will be healthier from having done so.

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