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Art and Mental Health

Are we on the cusp of a future where the value of engaging in the arts rivals that of physical exercise?

Participating in a creative workshop corresponds with three of the five Mental Wellbeing recommendations highlighted on The NHS website:

  1. Social connections

  2. Physical activity

  3. Learning new skills

  4. Acts of kindness

  5. Mindfulness or being present in the moment

When you actively participate in group activities, you're not just immersing yourself in creativity but also fostering connections within a community of like-minded individuals. These classes offer a sense of achievement and bolster self-worth, while the acquisition of a new skill contributes to heightened self-esteem and a greater sense of purpose. The act of painting demands your undivided attention, promoting mindfulness and triggering the release of dopamine, commonly referred to as "feel-good" chemicals, which induce relaxation.

Absolutely, Manchester offers a vibrant array of opportunities to experience the arts. Apart from Cork&Canvas classes, which provide a hands-on and interactive artistic experience, the city boasts a rich tapestry of galleries waiting to be explored. Among these is the renowned Manchester Art Gallery, a hub of creativity housing a diverse collection of artworks from both local and international talents.

Moreover, Manchester is dotted with various galleries showcasing contemporary and traditional art forms, ensuring there's something for every art enthusiast to appreciate and enjoy. Whether it's visiting exhibitions, attending workshops, or simply immersing oneself in the city's artistic ambiance, Manchester provides an eclectic landscape to indulge in the arts.

There's still ongoing research needed to comprehensively grasp the full impact of art on our brains. Imagine a scenario where our smart devices, like Apple Watches, not only track our physical activity but also monitor our daily artistic pursuits alongside our steps. This potential integration underscores the growing recognition of the importance of artistic engagement in our overall well-being, and we are here for that!

Emily C&C x

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