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  • Writer's pictureFiona Hewkin Counselling

Art is good for our Mental Health!

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

Art makes us feel good!

Did you know that even just looking at art is good for your mental health? Scientific studies have shown that viewing art relieves stress and can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Researchers in the UK suggest that when we look at art that we consider really beautiful triggers all the same physical responses as when we fall in love. Now if that isn’t a good reason to potter off to a gallery, I don’t know what is.

Actually creating art, in any form is even better for us. The act of creating lowers markers for cortisol, (stress hormone) and can raise serotonin levels. Making art impacts on brain wave patterns, emotions and can help regulate our nervous system. The best bit is that it doesn’t even have to be great art. Doodling, colouring in, just messing about with paints all have the same benefits.

All this clever science tells us what we already know. Art is good for us! Whether we are looking at it, making it or enjoying playing with colour. It’s all beneficial to our mental health.

Painting of a woman as a tree, bending in the wind

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