In our quest for Wellbeing, a very effective tool in our armoury would be the practice of Yoga.
Make Art one of your Five a Day!
In these challenging times, the daily walk that we all look forward to is so much more important than the simple pleasure of escape.
Research has shown that getting involved with the arts can
have powerful and lasting effects on wellbeing and health, especially mental
health. Creativity can increase positive
emotions, help reduce stress and anxiety, even improve how the immune system
functions, and reduce depressive symptoms.
Here at Stafford Art Group, through our weekly meetings on Zoom and through our website, we have created a friendly, non-threatening environment, where folk feel confident in receiving a non-judgmental welcome. In these challenging times, the Art Group has provided a safe space to share and to rebuild social connections. Testimonies from our members have shown that getting in touch with others, albeit mainly online at the moment, has helped alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness. Weekly painting challenges have given members a purpose.
There is no right or wrong way to produce art, it is not about the outcome, but rather the process. It is about playing and experimenting, about enjoyment and a distraction from our worries. Being outside in the fresh air also has health benefits and SAG runs plein air painting/drawing sessions when restrictions allow.
It is good to try something new and be willing to make mistakes. In other words, participating in art can, and often does, improve quality of life. Why not give it a go?
An article by Jane G, paintings by members of SAG