While appreciating art is a worthy pursuit, making art — drawing, painting, sculpting and the like — has pretty beautiful health benefits too. You don’t have to call yourself an artist to make art and to benefit from it. When you immerse yourself in the act of creating something, common thoughts and worries fall away, and you enter a state known as “flow”. Finding your “flow” may sound a little far-out, but it’s the subject of considerable research and has been linked to happiness and success. In therapeutic settings, creating art has been shown to promote neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to rewire itself, which is pretty awesome in and of itself. So — along with that yoga mat and hot bath — add some pencils, paints or clay to your relaxation tool kit. Then just go with the flow.
"I dream of painting then I paint my dream." Vincent Van Gogh