Healing arts

Arts engagement as a health behavior. By Alexandra Rodriguez

  • You don’t have to be an expert. Lean in to practices you enjoy! Research has shown that health benefits are not linked to proficiency or excellence in artistic  practice, so don’t be intimidated to start creating. Also, consider engaging in art forms you may have not been previously exposed to like glass blowing, macramé, wood turning or even metal work.

  • Create with others. Make a concentrated effort to create alongside friends or to connect with organizations engaged in your preferred creative practice. Research has shown that participating in art with others can reduce loneliness and isolation, as well as enhance social support.

  • Make it a habit. Create time in your schedule to prioritize engaging in the arts. By having a routine, it will be easier to sustain your artistic processes and practices!