“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” – Pablo Picasso
This line couldn’t ring more true. Especially in our busy schedules where the dust of daily life settles often and thicker. While chasing our ambitions, expanding our businesses, taking tough calls and managing so many people, we forget to take a breath and just appreciate the beauty and art that surrounds us.
For example, when was the last time you visited an art gallery? Or what was the last item of art that you purchased for your home?
Art, in all its forms, is a major avenue to de-stress and preserve human sanity. It is the pause button in life and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. But why is art so important today? How does it help us, urban dwellers?
Here are some benefits of art on our overall well being:
Art for good health
According to a recent study led by Girija Kaimal, assistant professor of creative arts therapies at Drexel University, 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent.
Surrounding oneself with artistic pieces, handicrafts etc. or indulging in creating art in any form is the need of the hour for urbanites leading extremely busy lives.
Make sure your home has space for aesthetic looking vases, wall hangings, paintings, sculptures etc so that you are constantly surrounded by art.
Art for healing
There are several non for profits and organisations in the world over whose mission is to support emotional healing through creative expression and art for those living in pain, grief or stress. This is because multiple studies have shown art to have a healing effect on people.
The body’s physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration.
While running afterlife and climbing the highest ladders of success, building stress, anxiety and other health problems are inevitable. Expressing through painting, music or dance clears those cobwebs, loosens some emotional knots and helps in the overall uplifting of the mood.
Visit the nearest art gallery and soothe your senses.
Art for recreation
Indulging in an artistic activity is as much a recreation as sweating it out the gym or taking a dip in the pool.
Next time you want to get away from the monotony of life and want to break it with something refreshing, try an artistic hobby or purchase objects of beautiful art. This will also help support talented artists and your money will be spent on a good cause.
Art is therapeutic and gives your eyes the needed rest from your laptop and mobile phone screens. The best part is that you don’t have to look far for options to de-stress. Go out, take a walk amidst nature and come back home with some inspiration for an artistic endeavour.
So, don’t miss out on the luxury of a stress-free, relaxed and healthy life that is right inside your home!