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Benefits of Art

Art is one of the best ways to express yourself in any shape, form, or medium. However, it intimidates many people because they feel as if they do not have the talent to do it.

When in reality, someone does not have to be particularly skilled in art to enjoy it. In fact, there are numerous amounts of health benefits that come along with creating art, no matter what your skill level may be.

Art engages both our mind and body in tasks that induce our focus, relieve stress and lower anxiety levels. Mindless doodles that may seem like an activity done out of boredom, actually exercise our ability to think more freely and creatively. A similar outcome can occur when working with modeling clay or building blocks. Our sense of touch and even sight are immediately increased when holding the material in our hands, creating countless possibilities of what we could create with them. These activities put you in a positive mind space that can separate you from your day-to-day stressors.

By partaking in small art projects in your free time, you are allowing yourself to process feelings and other thoughts that you may have been holding in. Art can allow you to express yourself creatively and emotionally, in a way that doesn’t force you to feel judged about whatever you may be creating.

If you are looking to find a creative, easy-going space to create, Beach Balance hosts Art Therapy every Tuesday as a way for students and members to take a break during the busy day. With a variety of supplies, you can relax and destress with coloring pages, markers and paints. Additionally, come celebrate OUTober with a pride-themed painting on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 5 to 6 p.m. on the SRWC East Lawn. For more information, visit asirecreation.org/calendar.

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