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The Brain, Mental health, and Painting

Have you ever had the thought I’m not creative I’m a left brain person, I’m analytical not creative. People sometimes put themselves into boxes or categorise themselves in ways that may restrict them from trying something new or gaining new insight into themselves. Creative arts and Painting is one such example where you may identify yourself as an "I’m not creative" or "I can’t paint" person and be missing out on something empowering.

Exploring art or painting or some other creative medium like music even if it doesn’t come naturally can have broad and long-lasting positive effects. A left brainer who typically is more analytical can stimulate and nurture their creative growth by practicing creative arts and gain benefits such as relaxation, focus, self-exploration, understanding, and positive mental and psychical health.

Painting improves memory and recall by conceptual visualization and works to focus the mind. People who use creative mediums such as music, and painting, have less chance of experiencing memory issues as they age it allows people a safe space to express their feelings and emotions without words and allows individuals to have a voice they may not have been comfortable to express verbally.

When people create something beautiful through painting, they stimulate the creative mind while relieving mental strain. Releasing anxiety in the form of painting helps a person unwind and let go of all the pressures that plague the mind. A low stress level leads to a happier, healthier lifestyle and helps improve overall health.

Artists put their emotions into the creative process. This practice allows individuals to explore themselves their emotions and identify aspects of themselves they may have previously been unaware of. Self-expression through artwork is a cathartic experience and as a therapist I use painting or drawing as a treatment path for clients to explore traumatic events in a non-threatening way. Letting out emotions by painting promotes healing through abstract emotional expression.

It is clear that art, music, painting has beneficial attributes which include strong mental health in individuals of every age. Painting and artistic expression promotes a happy mood not only in the artist, but also in people around them.


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