So, have you ever tried your hand at drawing? Experimented with painting? Bought an adult colouring book? If yes, then it seems you have begun the journey towards healthy and better living.

According to Professor Jill Bennett, “There is resounding evidence that the arts can contribute to our mental well-being in really substantial ways”

And so when a weekly art workshop for those experiencing depression and/or stress was evaluated, it showed a 71% decrease in feelings of anxiety and a 73% fall in depression; 76% of participants said their wellbeing increased and 69% felt more socially included.

We’ve often been told that exercise and fitness can help with a person’s wellbeing, but maybe it’s time to give the arts more of a go.

If you are feeling a bit down… If there are days when things get too much for you… Moments where you are feeling overwhelmed…

Why not grab the coloured pencils or pick up a paint brush and get lost in some creativity for a couple of hours? And then later ask yourself, ‘How Art thou?’


  1. https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/news/news-detail/2017/08/01/the-big-anxiety-festival-transforms-approaches-to-mental-health
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2017/oct/11/contribution-arts-make-health-wellbeing