Art & Mental Health
There is a wealth of research, along with anecdotal support to show that everyone can benefit from creating and participating in art. Engaging in art, whether through direct creation or its appreciation, can increase quality of life by:
- Regulating and reducing anxiety
- Improving self-esteem
- Reducing cortisol levels (a stress hormone)
- Improving the quality of life of people living with dementia
- Reducing burnout and death anxiety while increasing emotional awareness in end-of-life care workers
- Developing cognitive and creative skills in children (especially helpful for children with communication disorders or learning disabilities)
- Building better relationships with loved ones, especially children
- And more!
I named this website Facilitate Art because my goal is to make it easier for people to connect with the arts. I plan to eventually expand on this idea once we brave through the current pandemic, but I hope this is a good place to start in the meantime that will allow everyone to participate while staying safe.