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We all know that making something beautiful feels good, but did you know that there are health perks too? It’s true! The creative process of planning your projects while overcoming the obstacles you face when bringing your glass art ideas to life is stimulating for the brain on so many levels. While it may be challenging to try a new technique or even a new form of glass art, the entire process is actually more relaxing for your brain than you think, all the while stimulating it for growth.
The end result is a gorgeous piece of glass art and a refreshed mind. You really need to do this for yourself to bring more peace and harmony into your world. At Delphi Glass, we completely agree with this which is why we offer our classes year-round. Sign up for one of them to expand your creativity and feel well through your glass art creations.
Dan Daniels feels this is one of the cornerstones of Delphi Glass. “In a world where you can access everything instantly from your hand with smartphones, we’re constantly flooded with bad news. It is so essential to unplug from that, and that’s why we’re here at Delphi Glass, to help you be creative and channel that creativity into something positive.”
Indeed, creativity helps us live our lives more fully. It’s especially fruitful if we begin early on in life. A study from Michigan State University conducted in October of 2013 discovered that when children participate in arts and crafts, it led to them being more innovative and increased the chances for them to start their own businesses as adults. But even if you just began your journey into creativity through glass art or other creative arts, experts say this kind of crafting allows for self-expression, problem-solving while practicing mindfulness and creative improvisation which all help you to slow down your breathing, reduce your heart rate, muscle tension and blood pressure. These activities stimulate your brain, releasing dopamine which helps you feel good. And when you feel good mentally, it creates wellness.
Wondering how you can use glass art to create wellness in your life? Here are some tips for you!
Take a creative break
If glass art is your hobby, you likely have another job to report to. And if that job is stressing you out, take a creative break to cleanse your mind. You might not be in your studio with your tools, but you can work out quick ideas so that when you get home you can make them reality. It will help you refocus and believe it or not, will bring more clarity in your work.
Escape from negativity
Technology has made our lives more convenient which is a blessing. But it’s also a curse. You can’t scroll through your Facebook feed anymore without seeing horrible news at every turn. You may have logged in to see puppies, kittens and adorable babies but instead it’s a stream of outlandish political problems, terrorism, and other atrocities. While it is important to stay informed on the happenings in the world, it’s just as important to get away from those negative things. Do something positive and create something. You can even find ways to make your glass art have a positive impact on the world, and don’t we want that?
Creativity as wellness
So much focus on wellness is spent on eating healthfully and exercising. Indeed, those things are very important, however spending time on your mental health is time well spent. How do you keep yourself mentally well? You expand your creativity. That’s why glass art is so healing. We work with our hands, our minds, and our hearts all at once. When we go into a project, we may feel the burden of our responsibilities chipping away at us, but as we bring the project into focus, those things melt away and we hone in on other areas of our mind. Essentially, we take a mental vacation and that’s just what we need to feel better. It might not solve our problems but it helps clear our minds as well as stimulate them which is the best way to create wellness.