I was crowned as a twin mom after a decade long wait, no doubt I was over the moon. I felt blessed, lucky and proud mom of a healthy boy and a girl. Days passed by and I didn’t feel the brunt until a year. For a year I had never stepped out or had 5 mins for myself, it was then I started feeling empty, a void that slowly had started engulfing me. I knew I had to engage myself positively which would give me a sense of pride and contentment. Coming from an artist family helped me to instantly pick my brushes and canvas back into action which was lying idle in the closet. Every day I spent around half an hour and that uplifted my spirits in a great way. A rejuvenation that was badly needed for me as a primary caregiver for my infants. Can art heal mental health problems? Know how does science proves this with research and facts.
Art came to me as a fresh breath of air to take away all my mental fatigue. I was breathing back with a different kind of happiness that was there within. Endless sleepless nights can make anyone go crazy but art came to my rescue. Whenever and whatever little did I created, I felt happy and it always brought a smile to my face.
For me, “Art is a creative outlet or opportunity for expression.” The benefits are numerous but don’t take my word for it. Cutting-edge research compels you to believe that art has a positive impact on mental health.
Several Health benefits of Art on Mental Health
Neuroesthetics uses brain imaging, brain wave technology and biofeedback to gather evidence of how we respond to art. And in one of the research, it was found by using biofeedback that how visual art affects neural circuits and neuroendocrine markers.
In another study, researchers found that creating art reduces cortisol levels (markers for stress ), and through art, people can induce positive mental states.
Neuroesthetics is the scientific study of the neurobiological basis of the arts.
2. Mindfulness and Flow
These days we hear a lot about mindfulness, mindfulness parenting, mindfulness living etc. What is mindfulness? Well, mindfulness is being aware and conscious of your thoughts and state of mind without judgement. Now, what role does art has in mindfulness? Visual art engagement has been found to activate various centres of the brain other than those taxed by linear and logical thinking. Another study found that visual art activated distinct and specialized visual areas of the brain.
In a nutshell, art helps in creating conditions for mindfulness by accessing and engaging different parts of the brain through the conscious shifting of mental spaces.
Research shows that art can be used to create a unique cognitive shift into a holistic state of mind known as flow. Flow is a state of mind which was first identified in artists, that is pleasurable and neurochemically rewarding.
3.For Managing Well Being
In other words, practising art can be used to manage one’s mental and emotional well being.
4.Benefits In Education
Despite increasing evidence, on the measurable benefits of the arts in education, such as increased academic performance and the development of innovative thinking. The subject of arts continues to be marginalized.
What should you avoid while creating art ?
- Don’t worry about judgements – Most of the time we restrict ourselves from thinking about what others will say. Art is the outcome of the flow of thoughts that are unique to every person. Let it flow freely it’s your creation and solely reflects your perception.
- Allow yourself to make mistakes – Art should be free-flowing, express yourself without any inhibitions.
- Limit language usage while creating art – Try not to talk while you are making art, and if you are listening to music, choose something without lyrics. Visual art centres and speech centres are different in the brain. By indulging in any art form you give rest to the overworked areas of the brain. In return, the brain releases happy hormones that makes you calm and happy, that’s how the brain thanks you.
Art is a free flow of thoughts that is expressed visually (painting, sketching etc) or by performing like dancing, singing, theatre etc. Art in any form helps to activate various brain centres and in return brain releases happy hormones that makes one feel contended .
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