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Art and Wellbeing
Art and Wellbeing

Art and Wellbeing: Toward a culture of Healthy Life

By Krupa Shah

Living a healthy and happy life has no procedure or a manual of guidelines to it. It is a lifestyle, not a process. Today, we have confused the definition of a happy life with how wealthy we are and how many trips can we afford in a year. However, a healthy lifestyle is all about being content in what you do and breathing in a stress-free air.

A major part that we ignore or rather avoid is the importance of art and how effortlessly it contributes to our well-being. Art, in any form, be it writing, sketching, painting, drawing, dancing, absolutely anything has proven to be a great stress-buster. Let’s understand how experts and artists relate art with well-being.

When we mention well-being here, we mean how emotionally, spiritually and mentally your thoughts are aligned. Being content with oneself is a journey, not a destination. On your journey to contentment and well-being, you’ll face many hurdles. To name a few, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, confusion, losing focus, subconscious unawareness and many more. This is where art steps in and plays a major role.

Many people have a misconception that to be an artist, one has to be born with that talent or learn it intricately. However, when it comes to any form of art rejuvenating your mind on a hectic day, you needn’t be a professional at it. No one is born with that talent. Artists develop that skill over a period of time and genuinely fall in love with that specific art.

Krupa Shah
Krupa Shah

Skills like painting, sketching, drawing, photography, writing, playing musical instruments, etc. are hobbies that soothe your mind and help you align your thought process. It also helps maintain or lower the stress level and keeps your mind composed. Indulging in art in any form acts as a healthy distraction and rejuvenates the creative side of your mind.

An average person has 60,000 thoughts per day and 95% of them are exactly the same day in, day out. When you get totally immersed in a creative endeavor, you may find yourself in what’s known as “the zone” or a state of “flow.” This meditative-like state focuses your mind and temporarily pushes aside all your worries.

The renowned artist Leonardo da Vinci said, Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eye; that is to say – darkness, light, body and color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.”

Creating art, trains you to concentrate on details and pay more attention to your environment. In this way, it acts like meditation. A popular art trend for stress relief is adult coloring books. This idea was first popularized in France, a country that’s number one in per capita of people suffering from stress and heart diseases. Some coloring books are created with stress relief in mind and have become an acceptable adult form of artistic expression. Many artists and art therapists are supportive of the movement and would like to see coloring become a gateway to reach those who could benefit from art therapy

About Krupa Shah:

Krupa Shah is an abstract artist.

To be continued…

About Yashaswini K

Controversy is the second name of Yashaswini. She goes where something is amiss and picks up the threads to make a clear story out of it. She has also written 2 books in the Radha Srinivasan Mystery Series.

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