Viewing art can provide some of the same benefits as creating art. Many of us don't feel creative or artistic, and for many adults, making art seems too childish. Well, try taking a trip to a local art museum, gallery, or artist market! When we view artwork objectively, it can promote relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, improve our memory and cognition, and increase our quality of life.
One study by a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, found that women gain more benefit from actively making art, and men gain more benefits from passively observing art. Neurobiologists have found that viewing art you find beautiful releases dopamine (the "feel good" hormone) into brain and mimics the physical sensations of falling in love! Wow!
Click here to read more! And follow me on IG @getartspired to take a trip to the museum with me!
If you live in the Miami area, I will be hosting art tours for healing and wellness soon! Be sure to comment below if you're interested and share your email at the bottom of the page to stay informed!
While I believe self-care should include proactive routines and not reactive activities, sometimes life gets the best of us, we lose sight of our self-care, and we need a BOOST. Click here to read 10 quick ways to boost your mental health! I especially like #2, #3, and #5. Give yourself daily pep talks, name emotions the best you can when they come up, and focus on your strengths and accomplishments!
One story my mom will tell is how she entered me into a diaper race when I was a baby, and once they said, "On your mark. Get set. GO!" all the other babies started to crawl towards the finish line. But not me!! I was too busy groovin' to the music that was playing! LOL
Like music, dancing and movement has always been a huge part of my life. I started formal dance training at the age of 3, and continued performing throughout my life into college with the Spelman Dance Theater. I had a dream to be a professional dancer, but after injury and learning more about myself, I realized the Universe had other plans for me (that's a post for another day)!
Dancing can benefit our physical and mental health. To match our movements to the rhythm of the music, requires focus, concentration, flexibility, and adaptation. Dancing is a great way to exercise our brains! Studies show that dancing can positively affect our cognitive flexibility. This can help us better adapt to changes in our daily lives. Click here to read more about the benefits of dance in a recent TIME Magazine article.
Or better yet, turn on some music and dance!
It's a new year! If you plan to make some New Year resolutions, take time to tune in and listen to all the messages your body and your mind are sending you. Diet, exercise, sleep, stress level, work-life balance, and relationships should all be considered when working to maintain emotional wellness. Take all aspects of the self into consideration. The mind and the body are connected. Click here to read more about how the mind AND the body are connected to our mental health.
About the Author
Hi! I'm Deanna Barton! Living through my creativity is were I find joy and fulfillment. I want to share this with all of you. This blog is intended to provide quick tips and fun posts about how to live more creatively and improve your emotional wellness. Personal growth is a process and I am here to inspire and motivate you!