Art Is A Unique Human Activity And Provides Many Health Benefits

 June 27, 2024      

If you think of the term “art,” what comes to your mind? A piece of artwork from a child that is pinned to the refrigerator? A beloved artist whose work constantly is inspiring? abstract art which is difficult to comprehend?

Each assumes that creating art is something that only people can do, like youngsters and “those with talent.”

As I have explained in my book “The Expressive Instinct,” art is essential to the evolution of humans and our history. Like workouts or sports are good for the body, making art stimulates the mind and is vital for mental as well as physical well-being.

I am an assistant instructor in art therapy that studies the ways in which creativity and self-expression impacts physical and mental health. Through our research on clinical health me and my colleagues have discovered that any type of self-expression that is creative, such as drawing paint, painting or woodworking, fiber arts or photography – may help reduce stress and improve mood, as well as improve confidence in oneself.

As a sick child who had to be at home a lot I realized that making art helped me deal with my illness. Art is now my refuge. It serves as a means to gain insight into myself, as well as a way to recharge and grow from the struggles of life.

The Unique Human Quality of Creativity

While everyone has their own idea of what constitutes art, there is one thing that is universally accepted that creativity is the most important aspect of human nature.

How do you know? Human brains are not computer systems that process data. They are biological machines that see the world through the senses and memories and are able to make use of this information to envision possible future scenarios.

The inherent creative and prescient abilities are the foundation of humankind’s capacity to survive and flourish. Self-expression can be a security valve that allows us to cope with the uncertainty. There is no way to know the future. They must go through each day uncertain of what is going to happen next. Art can assist us to develop this imagination in a way that is beneficial.

In our study that looked at the activity of the brain when using virtual reality software to create 3D digital art My team has demonstrated that creativity is an inherent state of mind. The brain naturally requires less of its cognitive resources to become creative and expressive, when compared to the brain’s ability to perform a work with conscious thought.

Things that seem routine could be a chance to unleash one’s imagination and creativity. For instance, making a dish from leftovers, devising an alternative route to work, or dancing to a jig to the sound of a song or tending and planting your garden.

We’ve seen repeatedly in our studies that one session of genuine and authentic self-expression can boost confidence in oneself and lessen anxiety, anxiety and burnout.

This is due to the fact that creativity triggers reward pathways within the brain. The use of our hands and bodies to express ourselves stimulates dopamine pathways, which makes us feel satisfied. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is linked to feeling the feeling of optimism and accomplishment, or a sense of satisfaction. The brains of our brains release positive hormones when we move and create and engage in some kind of activity that expresses emotion.

Utilizing the creative power inside the human body is an important and one of the seeds that is often overlooked of wellbeing around the globe.

As a contrast, hiding or refusing to acknowledge these feelings could cause stress or anxiety as we have not analyzed and expressed these feelings. This is likely one of the main reasons every single community is unique in its expression and creative practices. Our ancestors from Indigenous communities around the world recognized they needed to self-expression was vital for emotional well-being and social connections.

Unable to openly share our experiences, keeping secrets and feeling lonely and isolated can to make us sicker. Our brains perceive social isolation is a chronic illness because it interprets this feeling of loneliness as well as the inability of expression it as the threat to our the survival of.

Because creative expression is a way to engage all the senses and emotions, it could be a physical workout and a sensory as well as a cognitive and emotional experience. Being involved in expression, whether it’s music, art, dance writing, drama culinary arts, or even working with nature, gives an aura of self-confidence and a belief that the obstacles are able to be overcome and overcame.

The Significance of Art Therapy

With the central role played by the arts in every aspect of our life, it’s only natural that creating art can help people deal with the challenges of changes, trauma and adversity like the stress of puberty, the loss of a loved one, or suffering from a serious illness.

According to a global study, 1 in 2 people will experience a mental-health-related challenge in their lifetime, whether from life’s challenges, genetic predispositions or a combination of the two.

That’s where the art of therapy may be a valuable tool. The art therapy profession is a professional in mental health where psychotherapists who are clinical with a high level of clinical training provide psychotherapy for patients who have identified mental health issues.

The roots of art therapy date way back attempts to treat soldiers who were suffering from post-traumatic stress in the two wars. There is now evidence that experiences from trauma tend to be stored in the form of images, sounds, as well as physical experiences within the brain. If a person isn’t able for processing these events in traditional talking therapy art therapy may provide an alternative method of expressing and visualize those feelings as well as memories.

One of the art therapy’s distinctive strengths is the fact that it provides non-verbal methods of communication, processing and ultimately managing those symptoms that are associated with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. In the course of a recent research, my team discovered that personal histories of trauma can be linked to the way people react to powerful images. Images of pain and distress resonate with us because we’ve experienced similar types of suffering. This suggests that our own life experiences make us more sensitive to the feelings of others, and can even make it more personal.

Self-expression through creativity is particularly important when dealing with trauma since it offers a means by which one is able to regain the sense of agency as well as control.

How Can You Bring The Spirit of Creativity Into Everyday Life?

If you are new to the idea of exploring the art of creating or to improve their health Engaging in creative pursuits is about getting rid of unrealistic expectations. It’s not about being a well-known artist or even a good one. It’s about being able to use the creative power that we all possess and enjoying the many emotions and sensory aspects of thinking.

Think about the things that allowed you to explore as in your early years. Did you enjoy singing, playing outdoors or dancing, creating play-based stories, or creating stories? You can take part in any of these activities which made you feel relaxed and happy.

An way of life of experimenting with electronics creating a gift to someone else or looking at the beauty of everyday life all of these could be an activity that is creative. Just like every muscle that you work out, the more you do it, the more powerful it gets. In time, you’ll be able to see yourself becoming more confident and daring in your creativity.

Whatever your goals, you must make the time to do this each week. This may be the most difficult thing of all. If it appears “unimportant” compared with the demands of life in general like the demands of family or work, think of it as a new way to get food.

Keep in mind that creativity is equally vital to well-being as eating healthy food or taking exercise and adequate rest. That’s why the Latin saying is: “Plene vivere.” Live your life fully.