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Mental health benefits of art and creating

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Curious fact: The full name of famous painter Pablo Picasso is Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso.

Art surrounds us and we can find it everywhere daily: from the music you hear when you drive, to the paintings you have hanging in your house, to the architecture of the buildings that surround your workplace. Art, in addition to being an essential part of our lives, keeps on showing to our mental health.

The impact of art in mental health

There are various artistic expressions, but one thing they all have in common is that, in one way or another, they have proven to be beneficial to our health. 

First, they help us reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression, including stress. In this way, they allow us to awaken positive feelings, which also contributes to our immune system and physical health. 

On the other hand, art allows us to carry out a practice known as “mindfulness”, which consists in being aware of the present and the emotions we are experiencing at this moment; as it “disconnects” us from the outside world for a while, helping us to put aside our worries and fears. 

Finally, creating something will always make us feel fulfillment, and by seeing what we are capable of, we will not only know ourselves a little more and become more aware of ourselves; we will also awaken feelings of of confidence and self-esteem.

Creative activities that improve mental health

The amazing thing about art is that anyone can find something they like. You may not enjoy dancing, but you may enjoy playing an instrument or painting with watercolors. In the following list you will find a variety of creative activities to try: 

  1. Dancing: Dancing has proven to be helpful when reducing the symptoms of anxiety. Likewise, given that it’s an activity that requires exercise, it also helps you improve your physical health.
  2. Draw or paint: This is an activity that almost all of us enjoy from an early age, and can reduce stress and symptoms of depression, while also improving memory. 
  3. Singing or playing music: Singing, and listening to or playing music releases oxytocin, making us feel good. Also, when we interact with other people through music, we connect with them in a better way.  
  4. Writing: Writing generally helps us develop our self-esteem, having a positive impact on our mental health.

If you aren’t sure which artistic activity you enjoy most, we suggest you try several of them with the certainty that the one that turns out to be your favorite will have many advantages for you.

How to boost creativity

Sometimes inspiration takes a long time to arrive, which can make us feel desperate, but there are ways to attract it:

  1. Surround yourself with nature and disconnect from technology. This has shown to boost our creativity by providing positive stimuli that help us generate ideas. 
  2. Attend cultural and artistic events. It is no coincidence that when we go to a museum, a cinema, or a play, we end up with a head full of ideas. Seeing art enhances our creativity. 
  3. Surround yourself with creative people. Our social circles have a big impact on ourselves, so being close with creative people will make you generate new ideas. 
  4. Never stop creating. If you ever feel like you’ve run out of ideas, try different activities, because many times you will generate the ideas at the same time as you execute them. 
  5. Use a notebook. We recommend having a place to write down any ideas that come up suddenly. The important thing is not to forget them, however insignificant they may seem, as they may help you create something later.

Health insurance

It is well known that taking care of our mental health is as important as taking care of the body. Therefore, in ByBs we want to help you have a healthy mind and live your life to the fullest. Take care of your mind and body while we look after your integrity, finding and building coverages that best suit you.

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Conclusion 

Art has great benefits for our mental health, as it works as a way to externalize our emotions in a healthy way and without repercussions. In addition to its many benefits, we are fortunate to be surrounded by art, and in one way or another, we are all able to develop in this field, because there are so many artistic expressions that it is impossible not to enjoy at least one of them. Celebrate National Live Creative Day by doing some of the activities we share with you; you’ll surely feel a difference.

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