Art—Food for Soul and a Cure for Mental Health
Art is one of the most profound forms of communication.
“Art speaks where words are unable to explain.”
The claim that fine arts can help improve your mental health may not be something new for art enthusiasts, but this may also seem far-fetched to skeptics and purists.
Whether you’re the former, the latter, or somewhere in between, we hope our arguments will leave you more convinced.
Art Can Be Used as Therapy
Maladaptive thought patterns cause most mental disorders. Therapy seeks to heal mental disorders by replacing toxic thoughts with healthier ones. Similarly, art is used to explore the secrets of the mind and encourage healthy thoughts.
Art therapy has been used to improve the mental health of individuals for several decades now. There is also a large body of literature that supper art as a means of psychological therapy.
It can Relieve Stress and Prevent Chronic Diseases
Being stressed isn’t just bad for your mind; it’s also harmful to your body. When you’re stressed, your adrenal cortex releases a hormone called cortisol which changes the entire physiology of your body. Cortisol puts your body into what’s commonly known as the “fight or flight” response. It raises your blood pressure, glucose levels, changes your metabolism, among other physiological changes.
However, art is one of the most natural ways to relieve stress. Whether you enjoy art by other artists or create art yourself, engaging yourself in art can help you get your mind off of things and relax you.
Art can Relieve Pain
The experience of pain can worsen if you have nothing to do but think about pain. Engaging yourself in art can distract you from pain. Art therapy has been shown to reduce pain and improve general mood in various subjects.
Without contemporary fine art around us, we won’t be able to express our emotions and feel relaxed! At Four You Gallery, we have an online gallery exhibition that serves as an emerging artists’ platform. You can check out this online art exhibition or purchase contemporary art for sale online. Reach out to us or visit our website for more questions.