There are many different view-points into the mental health benefits art can bring to the artist and to the viewer. I am sure you have all heard the notion that all artists are crazy, well that is simply not the case, but some view them as such. Whether there is an underlying mental disorder or not, art has a direct effect on the brain chemicals and functions.
If you talk to any artist whether a dancer, musician or a painter and novelist they may seem a little stranger than the norm, but that is inherent in the way their creative minds work. They are not mentally ill, just different ways of viewing the world around us. Whatever art form they have mastered brings them one of the greatest joys they know in life, and it makes them the happiest person they can be while doing it.
The creative process and finished works of art have been scientifically proven to increase dopamine in the brain and increase frontal cortex activity which brings extreme pleasure throughout the body to the viewer or artist. The process of creativity also works as a catalyst for emotional support because it brings meaning, accomplishment and total engagement which gives positive energy and inspiration to the artist.
Create to See
When art is viewed, or an artist is creating the imagination is sparked, and you feel feelings of inspiration, joy, fear and any other host of emotions that the artist wanted you to feel because they felt it too. When you understand the creative mind or if you start to view the world through creativity, then you gain the ability to actually see the world.
Art and Anxiety
While viewing a calm, serene ocean painting or slowly playing the harp causes the blood pressure to slow and helps calm the mind from all the chaos of the day. Playing soft music that a musical artist created or paintings that inspire will help reduce stress and lessen anxiety.
With the accomplishment of an artist when he finishes a beautiful work of art comes the self-esteem boost that will inspire further creativity and inspiration. The much-needed self-esteem builds confidence, drive, persistence and focus in the artist. Not an artist but love good artwork, you can also boost your feel great hormones in your brain when you hang your favorite paintings on your walls.
Art does have a direct effect on our mental well-being and by thinking and being creative will help boost our self-esteem and confidence and can also keep our anxiety at bay and lessen stress. By viewing or creating artwork our brains give us a pleasure boost by means of releasing the feel good hormone, dopamine, and we feel elated and content.
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.