5 Reasons Why Art is Good for Your Mental Health

Creating art is therapeutic, stimulating, relaxing, and fun. It doesn’t matter what type of art you make, it is good for you. Even when you’re just around art it is good for you. Today, we look at the mental benefits of art. This explains why we at the Dalton Pottery believe so strongly in art and its therapeutic effects.

Creating art helps with creative thinking. Problem-solving is basically being creative to solve a problem that doesn’t have an existing solution. When you create art, you practice the creative thinking and problem-solving parts of your brain. This also helps the brain cells to keep communicating and stay healthy.

Art helps the brain connectivity and plasticity. Your brain creates new connections every time you do something new. As you grow older this ability of the brain to grow, declines. It is called plasticity. Art helps to stimulate the communication between different parts of the brain and helps it to retain its plasticity.

Looking at art can change perceptions and feelings. When you visit an art museum, you see a lot of new things and you learn about the past and how other people experience the world. Studies have shown that this experience increases the empathy people have with others and the past. Many people experience looking at art like they would experience falling in love.

Creating art helps with releasing stress. When you are busy creating something, your mind pushes aside all other thoughts. This helps you to stop focusing on the troubles at work or home or whatever other worries you have. This gives the mind and body a break to relax.

Arts and music make better students. It has been proven that children who have art or music lessons from a young age perform better in subjects like maths and languages. This is important because art and music help the brain form more connections which increase plasticity and ensures a healthy brain and intelligent people.

Clearly, art is an important part of our lives. It not only teaches us about other people, their experiences, opinions and the past, but it also stimulates our brains to become and remain alert.

5 Tips for Organising the Best Birthday Party for Your Kids

Kids love their birthday parties. It is vitally important that our kids enjoy their birthdays and learn that their lives are valued and that we love them. Of course, we also want them to have fun and be happy. A good birthday party will stick with them their whole lives. We have some tips to help you arrange the best kids’ birthday parties.

  1. Make it themed – Choosing a theme makes your life easier because it centralises your ideas and needs for décor. Base the theme on your kid’s favourite movie, cartoon, toy, etc. You can even have your kid and his friends dress up according to the theme.
  2. Choose the right food – For a kids’ party, it is important that the food is appropriate and something that they will like. Be creative and inventive. If you are having the party at a restaurant or café, consult with them to find out what they have on offer and what they can and cannot do.
  3. Hire some entertainment – A clown, balloon artist, princess, face painters, etc. can all be hired to work the party. Choose an entertainment option that goes with your theme and that the kids will enjoy. There are many options to choose from.
  4. There must be games – Games make or break. Make sure that you plan a lot of games and fun activities. You may need to buy a few things to make the games fun. You can be creative, look on Pinterest, and use old favourites. Arts and playing outside are always winners. Kids love playing and just being able to have fun.
  5. Keep them hydrated with delicious drinks – Kids that play and run around will get thirsty. Get creative with juice, seltzer, and fruit. You can make different mixes and add fruit pieces or add seltzer. Water is a must as well as an alternative.

The party should be fun for the kids and the planning should be fun for you. Good food, good drinks, and fun is the recipe for success.