Art Heals: Unlocking and Exploring Its Many Benefits
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Our modern era is nothing short of extraordinary. Technology has provided an ease to life’s demands, amplified how quickly we communicate, and made high-quality entertainment a mere click away. But all this ease creates more time for our minds to run amok and develop internal storylines that are often unhealthy and untrue.
To help regain our sovereignty, we can discover, implement, and hopefully benefit from the numerous ways in which art heals. This healing power expands far beyond the mind’s mischief-making. For some time, studies have shown how the right art may aid in the healing of many conditions. While the ways that art may assist in healing are indeed countless, in this article, we’ll take a close look at a handful that we find highly beneficial. Keep reading to discover how you could use the healing power of art to help improve your life.
The Natural Healing Power of Nature and Art
Study after study has shown nature’s innate power to benefit our physical and mental health. A simple, rewarding walk in nature elevates our mood, and that boost could continue long after we return to civilization. Directly interacting with nature unlocks something beautiful and primal that’s written into our DNA.
According to an article on the American Phycological Association’s website, spending time in nature “has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even upticks in empathy and cooperation.” The article goes on to state that spending time in blue spaces, such as coastal environments, are highly beneficial and perhaps slightly more so than green spaces.
Studies show that spending time in nature could improve our well-being, as could the photographic wall art that captures its timeless power. The study Why Is Nature Beneficial?: The Role of Connectedness to Nature revealed how exposing participants to nature videos created positive emotions, improved attention spans, and increased the ability to reflect on a life problem. While being in nature directly delivers more benefits, we eventually need to return home, so why not introduce nature to your walls with unique coastal wall art like the piece below?
This awe-inspiring view on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii, may help double up the healing benefits of art with a panoramic view of the lush green Kalalau Valley and the calming blue ocean waters in the distance. The entire scene is natural. No cars, no businesses, no hustle and bustle, just powerful nature art at your service 365 days a year when you incorporate this potent slice of paradise into your home. Take a look at these tips to escape everyday with art on your walls to unlock additional ways to help you recover from life’s daily grind.
Another great example is the ocean wave art pictured above. This wave is the purity of nature in one of its rawest forms—a variable that is constantly shifting, the vast ocean. The glassy water serves as an inviting lens to take in the sky, sand, and land. The hypnotic scene pulls us in and may create enough welcoming space in our minds to temporarily free us from dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. When we are 100% present with this breathtaking wave, we will benefit from it, and we can return to this magical space every time we engage with art like this.
For more on the benefits of coastal and ocean wave art, check out our 9 Amazing Ways Coastal Artwork Fills Your Soul article.
Once we use art to help reduce stress, anxiety, and other ailments, we may see further healing, such as the lowering of high blood pressure. If we could consistently set up shop near these beautiful nature scenes, many of us would jump at the chance, but that’s not the reality of life. So the idea is to get as close as possible by adding these soothing scenes into your indoor spaces.
Art Heals in the Home Office
Unfortunately, the office, whether at home or in a traditional setting, is a place of high stress, anxiety, and burnout. None of these are healthy, and they could all lead to more severe health issues. So in these settings, anything we can do to create tranquility could benefit our overall well-being.
Adding strategic home office wall art like this majestic sunset scene could deliver a moment of meditation whenever you need it. Perhaps you have a nerve-wracking call soon with a difficult client. Schedule five minutes beforehand to get lost in this sunset to help calm your nerves and possibly lower your stress level. Five minutes may not seem long, but in a stressful environment, five minutes of peace is a lot, and that peace could carry over into the rest of your day.
This sunset scene also speaks to the work day’s end and the promise of tomorrow. For many, it may be helpful to reflect on the healthy and non-healthy behaviors of our day and gauge what we can do to increase those actions that lead to less stress. Large beach wall art like this could remind us to start and continue such a practice.
Soothing waterfalls may be another way to help cope with the demands of the modern office. This mesmerizing scene and all of our large unique wall art could help bring you back to those good times spent exploring the natural world.
The red and green earth slit by this waterfall is enough to hold your attention to the point of hearing the water as it flows down the cliff. You can feel the crisp and calming island air on your face. No longer are you regretting the past or worrying about the future. You have carved out your own space in the present movement, only deviating from it to return to beautiful memories of past vacations. Perhaps you even feel a rush of hopefulness and positive thinking.
You are not the stress and pressure you feel at the office. You are an optimistic human being enjoying the beauty of life. Uncover more strategies to bring peace to your home office in our article Transforming Your Home Office: Six Ways to Create Serenity in Your Home Office Space.
Great art offers many benefits. It beautifies our spaces, could increase in value, touches something wild within us, and inspires the soul. Even more important, though, are the possible healing benefits of art. We could use large beach wall art, unique coastal wall art, ocean wave art, and more to possibly add some tranquility to help us navigate an ever-increasing busy world. Accumulating more peace could help lessen stress, anxiety, and other pressures.
Please browse our photographic collections at your leisure to find pieces that speak to the natural state of calm within you. Once you’ve made your selections, don’t hesitate to contact us online or by phone. We would love the opportunity to help you bring the most serenity possible into your space and your daily life.