Art has been intrinsically linked to humanity and it is found to be something that humans have enjoyed for nearly as long as we have existed on this earth, making it one of the most innate skills and compulsions in our species to this day. Art connects humans to one another, regardless of distance or language barriers, and is a means of inaudibly expressing emotions of any kind, political or environmental messages, or just about any other type of message that you wish to convey. It is for this reason that scientists take the time to study artwork and its impact on the human psyche as a whole and there are now scientifically proven reasons why art therapy is among one of the best options when dealing with a variety of mental debilitations such as depression and anxiety disorders.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Grove art therapy is available right now to anyone who believes that he or she would benefit from its unique premise and one recent study published in the Journal Art Therapy found that just 45 minutes dedicated to creating art is enough to significantly drop level of the hormone cortisol. This is the hormone associated with stress and is released whenever you feel unhappy, worried, or otherwise less than happy about a situation in your life or about the possible future. Whatever the cause of your stress or the level of skill you have regarding art, taking 45 minutes each day to create something new and beautiful will ultimately help you to feel more relaxed and calm about each new situation.
Improved Brain Connections
The benefit of making art in any form, although particularly in freestyle painting, is also observed at the neural level to be advantageous to the artist. One 2014 study published in PLOS ONE discovered that making visual art may improve connections throughout the default mode network of the brain. This system is associated with the brain’s overall state during “wakeful rest,” such as daydreaming, and is also active during focused internal thoughts or when putting together future plans. Not only will you thus feel better and more willing to build plans for your future success but you may begin to feel less stressed about your daily routine and the surprises that come as part of life.
Art therapy and exercise alike have been observed to reduce sadness in humans better than simply venting about that person’s problems over time. In one study published in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, those participating experienced a sad documentary and were then given the opportunity to express themselves and vent their feelings using the creation of art. Distracting oneself by creating art not related to the subject of the sadness was found to be a more effective and longer-lasting solution to sadness in an individual compared to simply releasing pent-up emotions in the form of “talking it out” with someone who you know and love. At the end of the day, taking part in art therapy is fun and may dramatically improve your mental state without the frustration of answering question after question and otherwise being forced to simply talk about your problems.