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8 Benefits of Drawing

Drawing an easy hobby to pick up which is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities and is accessible to everyone.

It is a form of visual thinking that can be used as a form of creative exploration, self-expression or even a way of recording memories to preserve and it has many positive benefits if we practise it regularly in our lives. As a therapeutic tool, it can also be used to promote calm and tranquillity.

So how can we use the practice of drawing to improve our mental and physical prowess, express our creativity and improve our problem-solving skills? Read on to discover more.

1. Develop visualisation skills

Drawing can help you to map out mental images of the world around you, which benefits you in numerous ways. This can be of immense benefit, as you can use drawings, diagrams or even doodles to visualise plans or concepts that you wish to bring into our world.

It also helps you to understand the data that you are processing in your mind that you may otherwise find challenging. At an emotional level, drawing can also help you by allowing you to process complex emotions and convert them into marks, creating art that can be used as a cathartic tool.

2.Physical and mental benefits

Like many hobbies, drawing has many positive physical benefits, in particular the coordination skills which come from the physical element of creating. This helps to strengthen your dexterity, strength and flexibility.

Your brain can also benefit from the act of drawing as it sometimes needs a break from technological devices, and drawing can give you the release that we need. Drawing also allows your brain to build new connections and create new pathways. When both sides of the brain are working together in harmony, the left side can continue to work on logical thinking while the right side can work with your creativity, helping your brain to grow.

3.Improve your analytical skills

Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly having to make decisions as you draw. This helps to develop problem-solving skills. For example, if a drawing is not what you imagine, you have to take steps to fix it. This requires being able to observe, evaluate and work out how to solve the problem that you are having; to analyse what is working, what isn’t and what changes need to be made.

4. Boost concentration

Getting the result that you are aiming for and engaging with what you are creating in the present moment requires focus, which in turn strengthens your concentration span. This can be translated into improved concentration in other areas of your life. There is therefore a vitally important relationship between the creator and the drawing.

5.Improve understanding.

Drawing helps you to improve how you understand things, both at a technical and physical level, as well as at a deeper level such as understanding your feelings and emotions. The more that you draw the easier it is to comprehend what you are creating and this can also be applied to other areas of your life.

6.Enhance communications skills

Drawing is essentially a visual language that we can use to understand each other, making it a universally understood form of expression and communication that can transcend cultural differences, helping you to communicate no matter where you are.

7.Therapeutic benefits

Drawing as a hobby often has positive mental effects as it is a calming therapeutic hobby. Using it as a tool for promoting positivity can also deeply improve your sense of wellbeing.

The act of being focused on the activity at hand can produce a meditative effect, while the process of creating something out of nothing using our own skills can make us feel – and become –  more productive.

8. Find enjoyment

While there are many physical and mental benefits of drawing, let’s not overlook one of the most important aspects of this pastime – the enjoyment that comes from taking an empty page and filling it with musings and images that you yourself have created.

Do you enjoy drawing? We would love to see your work on our social media pages.

Lara Edwards
Community Manager and Editor of Motiv8.Me Woman. A photographer, radio presenter, poet and spoken word performer, Lara recently graduated from university with a joint honours in History & Creative Writing.

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