The COVID-19 pandemic has been undeniably stressful. The epidemic altered our daily lives, with many people wondering when life will return to normal. The stress of potentially contracting the disease has been compounded by fears of potentially losing a job and returning children to school or relatives’ health. While you’re spending more time at home, it is essential to find activities that can improve your mental health during COVID-19.
Turning to Art to Help Mental Health During COVID-19
Both viewing and creating art can improve mental health in many ways, and while the pandemic has pushed many inside, it has also provided time for people to explore hobbies. Creating art – whether you are an expert or just a beginner – can be an excellent way to relieve stress as painting, drawing, sculpting, or other art forms can provide a focal point for your mind, helping redirect any stressful thoughts. You can create art from your inspiration or take an online class. YouTube has countless art tutorials that can show you everything from the basics to advanced techniques.
Viewing and Appreciate Art
Another way art can help improve mental health during COVID-19 is just by appreciating it! As a fan of art, you can use this time to research potential new pieces to add to your collection or view works online from other artists. Many museums and art galleries are also offering virtual online tours! Viewing art can stimulate your brain, increase blood flow and cause endorphins to release into the bloodstream. Studies have shown that viewing art can help lessen anxiety and depression. Another study done in the United Kingdom found that viewing artwork that one considers beautiful can trigger the same physical response as falling in love.
Expand Your Horizons
In addition to creating or viewing art, now is an ideal time to purchase artwork for your home collection! Many galleries have gift shops where you could buy prints or original paintings and even more independent artists selling their art online. Once you find pieces for your collection, getting a custom picture frame to match your existing décor will not only showcase your new art but complement any current artwork you may have. You can also use this time to breathe new life into your existing pieces by having them reframed.
The Chessler Company Can Showcase Your New Art
Family-owned and operated since 1959, The Chessler Company specializes in providing professional-style art and framing services to anyone in need of a quality framing provider. To learn more about how we can help you showcase your art collection in your home, call us at (410) 358-5161.