For centuries, drawing has been considered a form of artistic expression. However, it turns out that this way of exercising creativity can also provide significant health benefits.
Studies have shown that the act of drawing can help reduce anxiety and stress, improve cognitive function and fine motor skills, and even boost self-esteem.
In this article, we will explore some of the key ways that drawing can improve your health and well-being.
So, grab a pencil and a piece of paper, and let’s get into it!
It reduces anxiety and stress
When you’re living in a constant state of worry, overwhelmed by work and other responsibilities, you are prone to experiencing increased levels of stress and developing anxiety.
Your body reacts to anxiety and stress by raising your blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels, among other things.
To manage these changes, you can benefit from activities with a calming effect, and drawing is a perfect example of such an activity.
Among other things, taking time to focus on creating peaceful art, such as pictures of beaches and sandy shores, helps with:
- Muscle relaxation
- Dopamine levels rise (think of it as a reward for successfully completing an art piece)
- Overall mood improvement
It helps improve memory
If you’re a student (or have ever been one), you’ve certainly grappled with the challenge of having to memorize large bodies of information over a short amount of time.
Activities that demand exercising both the creative right side and the logical left side of your brain can be a fantastic approach to improving your memory, ‘cause let’s be honest, cramming sessions are useless at fixing this problem.
On one hand, drawing helps develop your imagination, while on the other, it is great at building problem-solving skills.
One great way you can use drawing to remember information quickly (especially before an important exam!) is to draw mind maps of the key concepts that you’re studying.
It helps improve fine motor skills
Even if you’re an absolute beginner at drawing, the very act of picking up a man and moving your hands and fingers to create lines, shapes, and other details can help you improve coordination and dexterity.
Our advice would be to start with basic shapes like circles, squares, and triangles, just to get a feel for your pencil and paper – and then build upon that. If you’re struggling with accuracy, it’s totally okay to use reference materials to get the proportions and details right.
The internet is full of beginner-friendly resources, like this guide on how to create a simple bunny drawing for beginners, that can get you started within minutes and have you improving your fine motor skills with just a few hours of dedicated practice per day.
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