One excellent method of caring for yourself is drawing or painting. This may not seem like the most obvious way of balancing yourself and caring for your mental health, but statistically speaking, it will do you a world of good. Artistic projects in general have been found to alleviate symptoms of mental disorders and addictions through their calming effects, the way they organize a person’s thoughts and the feelings of accomplishment they give the artist.
One of the most important mental health aspects of drawing or painting is the calming effect it has on the artist. There is nothing stressful about creating art casually. Even if you dislike the finished product, it is the journey you take to get there that is meaningful. Many artists describe the feeling of art creation as a type of Zen experience, where they are executing a task intuitively instead of logistically. This process creates incredible relaxation for the artist.
This type of artistic process is also very good for organizing a person’s thoughts. In part, this aspect is aided by the calming effect art creation has on an artist. The creative process opens the artist’s mind and relaxes it, preparing it for healthy critical thinking using many parts of the brain. The artist is then free to use their art creation to express how they feel about the mental discoveries they make. For example, many people who are struggling with addiction depict their addiction as an outside entity in their art. This is their way of connecting with the idea that addiction is not part of their identity.
And lastly, painting and drawing can aid your mental health by giving you feelings of accomplishment that you have something worthwhile to show for your time. Your personal art creations are always worthwhile because they are meant to serve as reminders of the way you felt and the personal discoveries you made while you were executing the artistic process. If you are looking for an easy, accessible personal therapy, consider the creative hobbies of painting or drawing!
The creative process is a valuable one, not just for achieving important works of art, but for the effect that the process has on the human mind. Without even exerting cognitive effort, the creative process opens up our minds and gives us the ability to examine our lives from new perspectives. Psychologist, addiction specialists and mental health counselors highly recommend that anyone struggling with a mental disorder or a case of addiction engage in the creative process to reap its mental health benefits.
The reason that the creative process is so beneficial to the human psyche is that it allows us to engage in a part of our brain that often gets neglected. Every person is instilled with creative capacity. Some people only use it when necessary while others make an entire lifestyle out of it, but every single person possesses this ability. Deliberately taking on a creative project may be in the form of drawing, painting, collaging, ceramics, music composition, writing or a great many other artistic ventures. Any one of them connects a person to their creative abilities and enables their expression of them.
This built in creative nature is not accidental. It is a healing center in the brain. People only willingly engage in creative projects when they are inspired. Even if the inspiration is minimal, for example, when shortening the process of a job duty at an unfavorable work position. It still always involves the innovative capacity of the brain. Therefore, using the creative part of the brain is always beneficial to the individual because it is an optimistic act. Even artists who suffer from depression and create depressing art are still ultimately acting in optimism because it requires optimism to believe that creating art will benefit anyone at all.
The truth about the benefits of the creative process to mental disorders and addiction is in the studies. If you are struggling with the negative effects of an addiction or a mental disorder, considering taking up a creative hobby, such as drawing or painting!
There is an enormous amount of benefit to the creative process. Psychologists and mental health experts have discovered that the creative process for any art form, be it visual, literary or performance art, has a therapeutic and expanding effect on the brain. Because of the freedom and control that the creative process allows the brain, doors are unlocked in the mind that have remained closed even through other therapeutic ventures. The creative process has a specific, profound effect on a person’s thought patterns that allows them a fresh perspective on life as a whole.
Now consider how easy it is to initiate a creative process such as drawing and painting. Serious drawers and painters invest in quality canvases, pencils, brushes and paints, but the fact of the matter is, either of these two hobbies can begin with little more than a piece of paper and a basic art utensil. The concept of drawing and painting is incredibly simple: replicate an image with your art materials or conceive an original image with your art materials. Any level of intellect can grasp this process and it does not require any particular level of skill. Plus, the materials one needs to begin are available at any major grocery store.
When you think about how readily available creative activities such as drawing and painting are, and when you think about all the incredible mental health benefits they come with, there is simply no good reason not to engage in one, the other or both. By engaging routinely in the processes of drawing or painting, one can fully express themselves through art, reconnect with their inner child, access parts of their brain that have previously been closed off and resolve issues in their life in a more mentally healthy way. There is even evidence of drawing and painting serving as treatment for addiction and mental disorders through its innate therapeutic qualities. If you are looking for a way to stay busy and to experience a therapeutic process, consider drawing or painting as your next hobby.