It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, or how old you are; everyone has the ability to be creative in one way or another. You might be inclined toward writing poetry or short stories, or maybe you are able to play a musical instrument. Perhaps your preference is dancing, or you enjoy creating artwork on old pieces of wood.
Whatever your interest, it’s important to know that creativity equates to health, as we know that making art in any form is good for you, physically, mentally, and emotionally. A recent article in Medical News Today indicated that artistic self-expression, whether pursued as a hobby or as a career improves our mental health, helps us deal with trauma, and can contribute to the “maintenance or reconstruction of a positive identity.”
Researchers have described in detail the significant impact of the visual arts on the health and welfare of individuals, including those dealing with chronic illness. Painting, pottery, textiles, drawing, and photography have been shown to “fill occupational voids and distract [patients from] thoughts of illness,”