Art is fun. That’s why some people don’t take it seriously as a career or way of life, but those people don’t know the benefits of making art and being in the moment of creation. The act of experiencing art is beneficial in ways that we are not even aware of. But creating your own art via crafts and other mediums takes it up a notch. Here’s how.
You’ll Feel Good About Yourself
There are times where we all question our self-worth. Okay, maybe not everyone but there are people reading this that can agree we aren’t always nice to ourselves. That’s okay. Struggling with the human condition is something we are all going through together. One way to pull ourselves out of our self-deprecating funk is to create art.
Practicing art helps the creator feel hopeful. Hope is quite a force when it comes to killing those voices that tell us we aren’t good enough.
It Fights Depression
When you think about creating art with your favorite medium don’t you feel happy? If you are reading this and have yet to create any art then head over to Mostcraft and check out what they have. We promise you, once you put a marker to paper and let your imagination go you’ll start to feel better.
Why is this? Because not only does the action of drawing, painting, or putting studs into a jacket take our minds away from the dark thoughts that are dragging us down it also gives us a sense of accomplishment.
If your first thought was, “But what if I’m not any good?” Let me break it to you. No one is good when they first start unless they’re a prodigy and those come around once in a lifetime. You have to let go of the need to be good at it and just let yourself create. Besides, art is subjective. What is beautiful to one is ugly to another.
Stress is the cause of several health issues, both mental and physical. It does damage to your nervous system, both endocrine and central, can wreak havoc on your digestive system and ruin your love for food, and it can cause shoulder, neck, and head pain. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the ways stress affects us and our life.
For the same reasons that it helps when you are depressed, creating art will also help you lessen the stress in your life. Stress is unavoidable in most of our lives when we think about our jobs, bills, families, and responsibilities. It can all be overwhelming but, picking up a hobby whether it’s an easy craft or something more challenging is helpful.
Strengthens Your Focus
Are you a doodler? Let’s face it, some of us were those kids drawing stick figures in our notebooks when our instructor was giving lectures. If you were ever scolded and told to pay attention you can find that teacher and inform them that you were. When we doodle when we find the topic boring it helps our minds focus on the lecture.
Doodling leads to drawing and only you know where it can grow from there. Now, we aren’t suggesting that you pull a canvas out in your chemistry class and start painting with oils. But, when you are in need of some extra strength to keep your mind into something you are listening to grab a nearby pen and just begin.
Anxiousness and depression come hand in hand in most cases. While everyone’s experience with them both has their own unique variation, it isn’t unlikely that you might feel anxious when your depression hits. Art can help calm it all down.
We have covered stress in this piece and realize both stress and anxiety can feel the same but they are different. Stress is a feeling we get from outside forces like traffic or school. Anxiety is clinical and can be due to some type of psychosis or a chemical imbalance.
The good news is the end results are the same. Practicing some type of art, craft, or music will help you diminish those feelings of anxiety.
While stress and anxiety feel the same sadness and depression are also similar but they are not the same. Depression is a disorder where sadness can come from any type of grief you may be suffering. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one or a job, there are situations that make us sad. If you find your sadness is overwhelming, art creation is excellent and inexpensive therapy.
These are just a few ways in which creating art can help you mentally and physically. It is no surprise that everything is connected and that goes with our mental health and physical. They are intertwined and affect each other greatly.