“Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.” – Andre Maurois, French Author
Art relieves stress
Any sort of art that inspires you can be a great way to lower overall stress. Painting, poetry, sculpting, the list goes on. Dedicating some time to doing art can provide a much needed break from your usual way of thinking.
Engagement with creative activities has the potential to contribute toward reducing stress and depression and can serve as a vehicle for alleviating the burden of chronic disease.
Heather L. Stuckey, DEd and Jeremy Nobel, MD. (The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature)
Art encourages creative thinking
There is no right answer in art. Anything you feel is right can work. Because it’s not logical like a math problem would be, it encourages your brain to create different solutions and view the problem from a different perspective.
Art offers a sense of accomplishment
Long-term goals are great, but sometimes they can be daunting. Sometimes we need something short-term so we can really see results. Finishing a sculpture or a painting can offer a sense of accomplishment and give you motivation to take on those longer-term goals. It can also boost self-esteem because you know that you saw it through until the end and you can display it proudly on the wall.
Art encourages brain activity
Any time you start a new activity, it engages different parts of your brain. Art helps create new connections with parts of the brain that are used in other areas of life.
The systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attentional, cognitive, emotional, and motor capacities, are, in fact, the driving forces behind all other learning.
– Eric Jensen (Arts with the Brain in Mind)
Art provides a positive distraction
Having a distraction from addiction or negative thoughts can be liberating for some people. Art can be used as a way to stimulate positive distraction and offer a release from otherwise binding thoughts after a hard day.