Diving into the Arts!

As we switch into December, the new theme for The Free Your Mind Project is ARTISTIC EXPRESSION!!!

For many, art in any capacity is a form of release, a stress reliever. Whether its dance, writing, photography, sketching, painting, acting, singing, videography, etc. art is not only a hobby but a way to express emotions and escape reality when needed. In 2010, the American Journal of Public Health published an article talking about the positive effects art can have. After reviewing several studies, they found that “creative engagement can decrease anxiety, stress, and mood disturbances…through creativity and imagination, we find our identity and reservoir of healing.” Simply put, art is good for you and it makes you feel better. And I can personally attest to that fact.

Reflecting on what makes me happy, the obvious comes to mind: family and friends, but

when I was little the first thing I would say was drawing. Give me a pen and paper and I could be occupied for hours. In fact, I not only sketched often but played the piano and wrote short poems. However, as I’ve gotten older, those things have taken a backseat to the “priorities” I’ve acquired over the years…

But for many who stuck with it, art has become a vital part of their identity and personal expression. And this month on the blog, I’ll be celebrating those women who’ve made art an integral part of their lives. I’ll be featuring a dancer, a singer, a graphic artist, a photographer and a director.

Stay tuned 🙂