The amount of time granted to us by Lockdowns has given people the opportunity to explore new hobbies and pastimes. However, as gratifying as this may be to some, others have found it intimidating and shameful if they haven't used this free time to their advantage.
We are here to offer a solution to your lockdown boredom, with a very inoffensive and unintimidating suggestion for how to spend your lost hours of the day: Art. We can agree that your own artistic attempts when compared to others of different skill levels can be a very nerve-wracking experience. Those of us who are not naturally skilled in this field all resonate with the anxious and frustrated feelings during Art class in school.
For this reason, we are boasting a different type of Art here. One that is free of judgement, and purely for your own mental health and enjoyment purposes.
Art for the brain
According to an article published on Harvard's website 'the healing power of art', there are massive amounts of research that show the reduction of anxiety and stress in people who are hospitalized or homebound due to illness. Art Therapy is a widely known process uses art based techniques such as painting, colouring or drawing to sustain a sense of mental wellness. Through exploring their own artistic creations, people can find their own conflicts and thoughts and discuss their feelings.
Researchers are found that art is one of the main ways people can obtain a state of flow. Flow is a state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
The videos we have linked below are specifically related to painting and drawing, as we felt these might be the easiest forms of Art to get your creative juices flowing: