The physical and emotional health benefits of music and art therapy, and creative expression using movement and writing are all well documented. Engaging in the arts promotes self-discovery and self-reflection, reduces negative thought patterns and behaviors, and heals emotional wounds. To learn more, read The Connection Between Art, Healing and Public Health: A literature review from the American Journal of Public Health.
Do you like to doodle, draw or build things? Keep materials on hand that allow you to give yourself a “brain break” – playdoh, mandalas, legos, sketch pad or visit http://weavesilk.com for an interactive way to create images with shape and color. Just 5-10 minutes of being creative can help you reset and recharge your mind.