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Art and creativity are important for all of us, but they can be especially therapeutic. We all know that exercise is important, but many people don’t realize that art can be both mentally and physically beneficial too! Art provides an outlet for creative expression and helps us focus our minds in order to release stress or anxiety.

This post will look at why art and creativity are so important to our health as well as how we can better integrate them into our lives. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and only do what you know, but why not try something new? Art is for everyone. There are so many ways to express yourself creatively – from painting or sculpting, to writing and cooking. It doesn’t matter if you’re an artistic genius or have never picked up a paintbrush before (although its always fun to try something new!), there are plenty of opportunities out there for all sorts of abilities when it comes to art!

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Creativity is a natural part of the human experience

I believe that everyone has this ability, and it’s important to nurture it. Creativity is everywhere. You can find it all around you, you just have to open up your eyes and see the possibilities!

Here are some examples of creativity hidden in plain sight:

  • Creativity can be seen in the way that people decorate their homes
  • You use your creativity when cooking a new recipe and trying out new cuisine
  • Getting out of your comfort zone by trying new things and doing different activities
  • Drawing pictures that represent what you’re feeling or thinking about
  • Listening to music that inspires you – classical is great for creativity but so is indie and jazz
  • Writing a poem about how you feel on any given day
  • Paint your front door a bright color to make it stand out from the rest of the house


Art and creativity can be therapeutic, as it helps people deal with difficult emotions or experiences

Art and creativity are a great way to express yourself, especially when you feel like your emotions are out of control. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you create something. For example, I used to paint and draw when I was younger, but now I write poetry and play the piano.

Other forms of creative expression include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpting
  • Writing
  • Music composition
  • Dancing
  • Cinematography
  • Photography
  • Costume design
  • Acting
  • Makeup/hair styling
  • Screenwriter
  • Graphic design
  • Cooking
  • Collage
  • Singing


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The arts are essential for children’s development

I can’t think of a more beneficial activity for young children than the arts. It helps them learn, grow, and get along with others. It helps them learn to express themselves creatively and develop healthy habits like persistence and tenacity. One of the best ways to teach kids is through arts. For example, children learn a lot from putting together puzzles. Besides developing their motor skills, they’re also learning how each piece fits together in the bigger picture!


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The creative process is not just for artists

Everyone can be creative in some way, whether it’s cooking or writing stories. You don’t have to be an expert artist or know everything there is about the world of art before you get started! There are many benefits to pursuing art on your own terms, including developing new skills, learning about different cultures and styles of art, feeling creative again after a long time without making any work, and finding out what you’re passionate about in life.

There are many different types of art which all have their own benefits – visual arts, music, dance, theatre etc., so find one that interests you!


Art and creativity are a form of self-expression

Art is a way to express your feelings, thoughts and ideas through different mediums that stimulate the senses like sight and sound. It’s fun and you’ll be surprised by how much it can change your mood and perspective on an issue you’ve been struggling with.

girl composing music at piano

Creativity can help you solve problems and overcome obstacles

One of the best things about being human is our ability to be creative. This is an often-overlooked method to solving problems. For instance, when you’re struggling with an issue in life, our normal go to is to think our way out of it. This is often time consuming, frustrating and can leave us feeling utterly defeated. There’s probably an easier way to do it that you haven’t thought about before, and creativity and art can be the pathway to realising this new viewpoint. Go on…. give it a try!


Creative people are more successful in their careers

You might think that being creative isn’t important, but actually it can make you more successful. For example, Albert Einstein was a big fan of the violin and was even able to use his musical skills in his career! It’s true. People who are more creative are often well-paid because they can come up with solutions to hard problems.

Albert Einstein

Being creative helps us to better understand the world around us

The most important thing to understand about the world is that it’s not always what it seems. I think we as humans have a habit of trying to understand everything. There are things, however, that we can’t explain – like why the universe is expanding or what love really means. These questions aren’t very important, but it’s often interesting to try and imagine what they mean through the use of creative thinking and expression.

Creativity allows us to answer questions we cannot condense into language form alone. As we develop our own creative powers and intuitions, it will help us to reflect on the world around us.


Arts education can improve academic performance for students with special needs

Did you know that students with special needs who participated in arts education programs saw an increase in academic performance? In fact, many educational institutions have already started adding the arts into their curriculum because of this! I’m a big fan of arts education, because it boosts the whole student experience, resulting in more fulfilling education all round.


art for children with special needs

Art is an amazing way to express your creativity and emotions. It can also be a great therapeutic tool for those who struggle with mental health issues. It has been shown to help with autism, depression, dementia, ADHD and more. We’ve gone over some benefits of art in the post, and how experimenting with different types of art can be helpful in understanding your own creativity.

Have you found art therapy to help when dealing with anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or other caregiving responsibilities? Share it below by telling us about an artwork project that you’ve completed recently!


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