4 Reasons to find your inner artist
Whether you consider yourself good at art or bad at art, you should indulge your inner artist for a myriad of benefits!
1. Decrease in stress and anxiety
Participating in art for as little as 30 minutes can significantly reduce anxiety and cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone associated with high levels of stress and has many negative health consequences from weight gain to impaired cognitive function, fatigue, and depression.
2. It can boost self esteem
This may seem ironic if you consider yourself bad at art, but watching yourself improve can be a big boost to your self esteem! Putting those problem solving skills to use and seeing the reward from your hard work can really make you feel good. Hanging your finished masterpiece can give you a sense of accomplishment, and compliments from others are the icing on the cake.
3. It improves problem solving skills
Since art is considered an “open-ended” activity, your brain functions differently from other problem solving activities such as playing a linear game. You are open to being creative and allows you to think out of the box.
4. It changes how you view the world
When you produce art, especially when trying to recreate something such as a still life or a photograph, you train yourself to look at small details you would otherwise ignore. You also learn to see what shapes objects are made of, and how many colors are in a seemingly simple object. You notice shadows, highlights, and all the minutia that non-artists overlook.