Therapy in Art

Creating art, whether it’s with paint, pencils, wood, or another material can be a fun and rewarding activity.

  • Relieves stress: Participating in art activities can be soothing and relaxing. Focusing on a project often boosts positive feelings and has been shown to lower anxiety and depression.
  • Increases cognitive skills: From selecting materials to choosing a color scheme, many decisions are made during a creatie process, stimulating the brain. Artistic endeavors can also trigger memories from long ago.
  • Projotes self-expression. Art is a nonverbal outlet for communicating and shaing with others. Makig something by hand is a peronal experience that lets people express their thoughts and feelings.
  • Sharpens motor skills. Small movements such as brushing paint across a canvas or sanding a piece of wood improve dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

What is your passion? Grab a coloring book today and some markers or colored pencils. The simplest of acts can do a world of good for your health.

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