Painting (and art) Is Good For Your Health

How many times have you listened to music to help you relax, or just put you in a better mood?  Or have you gone out dancing and gone home realizing you should probably dance more since it makes you feel so good?

I know that for many years, I felt a complete imbalance in my life having stifled the creative side for so long as life simply just got in the way.  When I was finally able to start a business that involved me painting pretty much all the time, I found an enhanced sense of being, and just felt much more balanced as a person. 

The American Journal of Public Health published a review titled, "The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health" in 2010 that explores how art can be beneficial to the power of healing mental, emotional, and physical stresses.

Creative engagement decreased the stress and anxiety in my life and improved my quality of life as a whole.  Plain and simple: "The more we understand the relationship between creative expression and healing, the more we will discover the healing power of the arts."  These types of creative activities help you clear and calm your brain from the usual thoughts throughout the day that can cause stress.

Whether it is painting, drawing, coloring, or photography, start making more time for your creative side to help with the stresses in your life.