How getting creative could benefit your mental wellness


When was the last time you picked up a paintbrush, took to your notebook with your favorite sharpie, or went exploring while snapping photos? Art—regardless of if we make it or simply enjoy it—helps us see the world, connect with ourselves, and understand each other. And, taking time to get creative could do wonders for your mental wellness. According to Harvard Health, studies show that self expression through art can be particularly helpful to help manage depression and anxiety. 

Of course, it’s great to connect with art that world-renowned artists put out in the world, but do not leave it all to the pros. Studies show that diving in and getting creative has greater mental wellness benefits than admiring others’ work. In particular, it can help people understand, acknowledge and regulate their emotions. 

Having trouble getting started? Maybe a trained art therapist can help you get those creative wheels turning and learn more about yourself. According to Psychology Today, art therapy with a licensed art therapist could be helpful to learn more about your inner mind, using artistic expression as a key component of regular therapy sessions. Even better? Absolutely no artistic ability necessary. 

Now, let’s paint the town. Here are some ways to incorporate more art in your life:

  • Rock out. Creativity is everywhere—especially in music. No matter if you’re a Juilliard pro, garage-band enthusiast, or a total groupie of your favorite musician, spend some time making and/or listening to music. According to the American Journal of Public Health, music therapy in particular has been shown to decrease symptoms of anxiety. So, load up your Spotify with your perfect playlist, grab a friend and dance it out Meredith and Christina style. 

  • Fill up your feed. Social media can be a great way to connect with your friends. It can also be a way to fill up your digital space with the things that fill you up. Instagram has a plethora of digital artists and accounts making and sharing beautiful work for your feeds every single day. Check out Cleo Wade, gmf.designs, and Channel Kindness to add that artistic flare to your online world. 

  • Words are a superpower. Not artistically inclined? No fear. According to the American Journal of Public Health, expressive writing can be just as beneficial for mental wellness as other forms of creativity. So, grab your favorite ballpoint and the perfect journal and let the words flow. Pro-tip: regularly journaling can also be a great way to jump-start your ZenTime, too!