The healing power of creativity can help chronic illness patients cope with physical pain, depression, and other co-morbid conditions.
I am a firm believer in the healing power of creativity. My earliest memory is of; sitting on a porch step, peering up at a 747 in the sky, looking down at piece of plastic in my hand, and realizing how that piece of plastic could be turned into a plane. Thinking creatively has always been second nature to me. It is simply the way my brain is wired.Participating in the creation of visual arts has many positive benefits for the chronically ill... Click To Tweet
In the article, “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health” by The American Journal Of Public Health, participating in the creation of visual arts had many positive and impacting benefits on the participants of their study:
The Healing Power Of Creativity ~ Health Benefits Of Creating In The Chronically Ill
Provided a distraction from the negative reality of chronic illness. Filled a occupational void.
Reduced stress and negative emotions
Improvement in anger, anxiety, depression, and overall stress symptoms
Improvement in ambulation (movement)
Improvement in self-esteem, word and listening recall, and problem solving
Human beings are creators. We are born with an innate ability to want to ‘make’, ‘shape’, and ‘form’ in order to express and share what is on the inside of us. It’s a gift we give to those around us. When you create something, you are saying, “Here is a small piece of what makes up ‘who’ I am. Here is something you can see/taste/touch/hear, and it came from inside of my mind, will, and emotions.”
No matter how small or great your abilities to create are, they are an invaluable tool in helping to cope with chronic illness.We are born with an innate ability to want to create and share what is on the 'inside' of us... Click To Tweet
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