Making art has a therapeutic effect. It could relieve anxiety, depression, and other illnesses as many studies show. And yet not many tap into the power of art for self-healing. Using art as a tool to deal with everyday stresses can promote well-being,
Beneficial Effects of Making Art
Boost mood. Creating art is a form of therapy in itself. It helps you express emotions or ideas that may not always be easy to explain or bring into the surface. It is a great way to allow yourself to explore your thoughts and whatever unresolved issues you may be keeping inside. This can help you get a better perspective on your emotions and thoughts that you may have not taken the time to explore or process.
Develop self-awareness. Deliberately slowing down from the daily grind allows you to learn more about yourself. Doing something creative, regardless of how good or bad it may be, provide you with opportunities for self-reflection and self-expression. This gives you the chance to look inward and discern new knowledge about yourself that may still be lurking beneath the surface.
Relief from stress. Immersing yourself in creating art can be very relaxing and therapeutic. Tapping into your creativity gives you a chance to let your imagination soar and make the most of the moment to enjoy the process.
Nurture relationships. Making art can be a solitary or social activity. It can be a great activity to share with family and friends. The shared experience can offer more insights about each other’s quirks and views. It can also be a great source of fodder for interesting stories that you can share with people close to you.
Creative Things to Do with Family and Friends
Use of artworks or illustrations to describe each other. Take turns drawing images or making artworks that best describe your family or friends. Or you can create an art by taking turns completing what one started. Let each one draw something that the next one in the group could add to until the last one finishes. You and your loved ones can have fun completing each others’ work and learn more about each other while doing it.
Create a work of art together. Decide on what you wish to create and let each member create a part of the bigger picture everyone gets to see and enjoy later.
Write a story. Have fun telling a story that everyone in the group can take turns illustrating. You and your family could come up with original stories and draw them for a more visual touch.