Overcoming your injury especially if it affects your mobility and communication can be difficult. Having a brain injury such as suffering stroke or being diagnosed with a Parkinson’s disease will affect your quality of communication and movement. To those people afflicted with similar conditions, it may take some time for them to adjust to this new condition. However, study shows that creative exercises such as painting can immensely help. Art has been clinically proven to speed-up the healing process.
The Art of Healing: How it Promotes Healing
Scientists have uncovered that even appreciating the artwork can massively boost a person’s immune system. There are also researches proving that the creation of art can be beneficial to those people suffering from neuro-disease since it recreates the coordination of the artist physically. It also promotes the concentration and assist in the processing of the visuospatial.
Creative activities such as painting are more than just a rewarding activity, but it is also relaxing which can alleviate our stress and anxiety. It also allows you to enter a clear state of mind and be calm. Creating your artwork is a great distraction that will allow you to take a break from the stressful thoughts. When you begin to immerse yourself in your painting, you will start to enter a meditative state where your mind is only focused on your work and away from the stress. It is also a great training to highly pay attention to the profound details and focus on your environment.
A Good Brain Exercise
On a recent study, the decline in the mental health is not caused by the death of the brain cell but the loss of connection between the cells in our brain. By creating art, you are doing a brain exercise which is referred to as neurobics. Neurobics is the process of creating something in a radical way, and artwork certainly fits the description.
Enhances Your Self-Esteem
When you finish your artwork, you will instantly feel that rewarding feeling. This is because the brain releases an enzyme called dopamine when creating art. Dopamine is an enzyme that can increase our concentration, motivation, and focus. It allows you to formulate a strong plan and prevent executing impulsive action in order to help you achieve your goals. Dopamine is also a hormone that stimulates the production of brain cells which enables your brain to learn new things.
When you start on an art creation or any complex activity, your brain tends to create new links that will connect brain cells. The ability of the brain to create this links and develop is called neuroplaticity or brain plasticity. It allows you to resist stress and enhance your psychological strength.
Art is not only for creating beautiful things and conveying the right message. It also serves as a therapy for people with different health concerns.
Alvin A. Aquino
Alvin is a visionary poetic philosopher who seeks Enlightenment in life. Forging for a new way of understanding by sharing his personal experience and intuitive ideas for human development through creative pursuits.