Art has the power to heal, inspire and provide hope.
Creativity and the arts are incredibly powerful tools for transforming how we see ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Through art, we can create, explore, and define our own meaning and purpose.
Scientific evidence is showing what humans have known for centuries and passed on through cultures and generations. Music relieves symptoms of trauma. Dance improves psychological health. Reading fiction improves our capacity for compassion. Drawing can reduce depression, anxiety, trauma symptoms, and pain, and can help us make meaning of a traumatic event.
Engaging in creative and expressive arts practices and activities can prevent and reduce the harmful impacts of childhood adversity and toxic stress. Studies have shown that arts activities lower our daily levels of biological stress and anxiety and build self-esteem, confidence, self-worth, and self-acceptance – all of which boost our mental health and well-being.
This May, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are inviting you to share the art that has been part of your healing journey. Express yourself in whatever way is comfortable. Movement, words, paint, singing, crayons – there’s no wrong way to create and use your voice.
SHARE ON SOCIAL | Art heals, one story at a time.
Share yours using #MyArtStory and tag @mynumberstory