3 Reasons to Make Art

August 12, 2023

Not that we need a reason to make art, but, it's good to have an answer handy if anyone should ask!  Art is an essential aspect of human life, and it has many benefits, including promoting a healthy lifestyle. Here are three ways that art can help you to develop and maintain good mental, physical, and social health:

  1. Art promotes mental health: Engaging in artistic activities can help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Creating art allows individuals to express themselves and their emotions in a healthy and constructive way.  Completing a piece, even if imperfect, gives the artist a sense of accomplishment and builds self-esteem. Even being exposed to art can provide a sense of relaxation and promote emotional well-being! 

  2. Art promotes physical health: Participating in art activities can also have physical health benefits. For example, painting and drawing can improve fine motor skills, while dance and movement can improve overall fitness and coordination. Additionally, some art forms, such as music therapy, have been shown to help with pain management and reduce symptoms of chronic conditions.  Put on some music and take a dance break while the paint is drying!

  3. Art promotes social connections: Participating in art can also help to build social connections and promote a sense of community. Joining an art class or attending an art exhibit can provide opportunities to meet new people and share experiences. Have you ever participated in a group art project?  It can help to build teamwork and communication skills.  Live online art lessons don't have to be isolating - ask questions verbally (if permitted by the teacher) or drop questions and comments in the chat box for the instructor to address at the appropriate time.

Overall, art can be an excellent way to promote a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally, while also providing opportunities for personal growth and social connections.  Make more art and share it with the world - It's the healthy thing to do!