There are many reasons why people should pick up a pencil and draw. Drawing, or any other form of art, can improve our mental health and aid childhood development. It can also improve our mood in the present moment, helping to make a bad day somewhat more bearable. Here’s how:
It gives us something to focus on
When you’re in a bad mood, your mind can swirl with a thousand dark thoughts. This will only make your situation worse, but if you can take your mind off of what’s happened, then your present state of mind will start to improve. Drawing helps us do this by making us focus on something else. In that respect, it’s similar to mediation, forcing us to pay attention to our environment and our actions rather than what’s bothering us.
Drawing helps to express our emotions
Sometimes we have emotions that are just too difficult to explain in words. Drawing can help by giving us an outlet to express our feelings without words and without judgment. By expressing our emotions, we can lift that invisible weight off of our shoulders.
What should I draw?
Anything! If you’re a bad mood, just pick up a pencil and draw anything that comes to mind. It could be a beautiful landscape or simple stick figures. Whatever it is, it will at least help to distract you from your present concerns. If, however, you’re having a hard time coming up with something to draw, then try to look online or outside for some inspiration. And remember, it doesn’t have to be good to help improve your mood!
Here at Creative Ventures Gallery, we believe that the creative process enriches all lives. So, be sure to sign up for one of our classes or workshops to see how art can be a positive force in your life.