50 Ways to Stay Well #17 – Art

Looking for an alternative way to reduce stress and anxiety, increase positive emotions, and reduce the likelihood of depression? Look to the arts! Making art (painting, sculpting, writing, etc.) offers many mental and physical health benefits.

Mental health benefits include; stress relief, more positive emotions, release of hidden emotions, improved creativity.

Art has been shown to help dementia patients, it improves their social behavior and self-esteem, and reduces psychiatric symptoms. It’s been shown to be a great outlet for helping people coping with chronic health conditions.

Create More Than You Consume! Art can offer a release from our always on and connected way of life. Losing yourself in an art project is a great way to ignore the constant stream of information and to put something out instead.

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