Art for life

Creative ways to heal the body and mind

We all handle difficult situations differently. For some people, talking everything out with a loved one is the best medicine. For others, an activity, such as exercise, helps clear the mind. But for the artistically oriented among us, creativity can be therapeutic; in fact, making art can improve cognitive function, foster self-esteem, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight and resolve conflicts and distress. Here are just a few of the suggested projects:

Picture perfect: Draw what a perfect day would look like to you.

Get outside: Paint or draw to get closer with nature.

Have a heart: Fill in a heart shape with art representative of your feelings.

Turn it up: Put on some music and the let creativity flow freely.