Artistic Expression and Mental Clarity - What's the connection?
by Angela O'Sullivan
|by Peter Som|
Art Therapy – Just another pretty picture? Or is it something more?
The benefits of art therapy are numerous. In addition to the usual applications of artistic expression, being creative can help lower blood pressure, relieve tension, quiet the mind, increase openness to new ideas, and even improve social skills. In moments of high stress, working with something tactile and creative can have a calming effect, and even improve self-awareness and verbal self-expression. And the best part is that many of these benefits can be experienced outside of a formal therapeutic setting.*
So, what does art therapy have to do with the corporate world?
We live and work in what can often feel like an ever-faster paced world. Professional environments are no exception, and the tension we experience each day at work can cause us to feel physically, mentally and emotionally drained if we don’t find healthy ways to relieve stress. While many turn to regular exercise or meditation, artistic expression is another way in which we can relax our minds and learn to see the world around us in a new way. Clearing your head can actually be quite productive – “down times” are often when the best and most creative ideas are able to surface.
Join our upcoming artistic workshops/networking events!
Our goal is to make the mental health benefits of artistic expression more accessible to non-artists, and especially to those in the corporate world. We provide a casual, relaxed setting in which artists and business professionals can socialize and explore their creative sides using a variety of artistic media. This is a great way to network with other professionals and exercise the visually creative side of your mind.
A balanced mind is an effective mind.
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