Rock Painting is growing very popular in communities, young and old are enjoying the simple way to spread kindness in their communities by way of painted rocks. It’s relatively easy to do and doesn’t require expensive tools to start.
Having an active lifestyle with physical activity and a creative outlet to keep the mind sharp is important as we age. Painting rocks is an exciting, new hobby that sharpens and broadens your mind and most importantly, delivers numerous health benefits.
1. Expands your Imagination
Most people, in their youth, lock themselves up in right-brain or left-brain boxes and continue to live that way for the rest of their lives. Individuals who are artistic, right-brainers, painting is a natural way of improving their creative skills. People who consider themselves as left-brainers, analytical thinkers can expand and nurture their creativity by starting an artistic hobby. Improving one’s imagination is an important role in the brain’s development.
2. Memory Booster
Another great health benefit of rock painting is to improve your memory recollection skills. Unfortunately, some diseases enable us to retain recalling skills and degrades the mind, so painting can help sharpen the mind by conceptual visualization and practice. Continuing to use the mind for creative outlets like painting or drawing, reduces the chances of developing a memory loss related disease as we age.
3. Promotes Critical Thinking
It is widely known that painting improves creative skills; however, most people don’t know that it promotes critical thinking as well. When an artist begins the painting process sometimes challenges will arise such as the tone it represents can change, color choices and any number of things can play a role, and that’s when we use our problem-solving skills. Sometimes, thinking outside the box to create new solutions for better outcomes.
4. Improve your Fine Motor Skills
The frequent handling of paintbrushes and the gentle swish and swash of the hand fosters mobility in fingers and the hand in general. Art has the potential to improve one’s mobility. Hand and eye coordination are essential when rock painting, which results in the brain sending signals to the motor neurons for instruction on what to do when to do it, and how to do it.
5. Stress Reliever
Stress is without a doubt a condition that everyone has to deal with. Increased levels of stress and anxiety have contributed immensely to mental-health issues. Therefore, painting can be an emotional release for people struggling with stress. As one focuses on painting, their mind becomes relaxed, and they soon let go of all their problems and demands that serve to fuel stress and anxiety in their lives.
When an individual becomes less stressed, their lives and general wellbeing becomes happy, healthier and moreover, increased mental fortitude. That is the magic of painting.
6. Happiness Factor
As we create beauty through artwork, our approach towards life becomes more optimistic. Art has never been about negativity; it’s all about positivity and positive outlooks in life. When someone sets off to paint, they set a goal of finishing the project, and when they reach completion of their goal, a positive emotional reaction is released. This “happiness factor” waters down negative emotions, providing pleasure and joy. Moreover, rock painting boosts their self-esteem and inspires them to achieve new levels of skill.
7. Emotional Healing Restoration
As mentioned, painting is all about expressing oneself emotionally. This practice encourages one to look deeper into their emotional state and take stock of them. Releasing emotions through painting can invigorate a person and restore their mental health. The form of healing is defined as an abstract emotional expression, and many painters do swear by it. Letting out emotions by painting heals emotional health.
People who regularly paint have experienced increase emotional intelligence levels, and further helps them understand their emotional state and the factors that contribute to their moods. Quite often, a painter’s work is often viewed by the emotional state the painter was when they painted the project; they essentially share this feeling with the viewers. This is a way of communicating their mental state with others.
8. Enhance Communication Skills
Aside from these benefits of painting include the ability to improve communication with other people through art. Since art is all about expression, painting can help express feelings and emotions without words, for people who can’t physically do so. Painting can also be viewed as surpassing weaknesses like overcoming shyness, autism and other social disabilities. Furthermore, since it’s a continuous process, painting can be seen as a long-term solution and can also be picked up as a way of life for those struggling with such social disabilities.
9. Keen Observer
In addition to the list of benefits of painting to the mind and body, is the skill of observation. When artists become experienced in painting, they become keen observers of their surroundings. Finer details are easily noticed once they get exposed to different hues, textures, colors, shading and much more including linear perspective. Think of it as training the eye to look further than the normal eye, in a sense you would call it opening the ‘third’ eye. A painter’s eyes soon become adept in looking for intricate designs and forms, which were otherwise ignored in the past, when they had not created a painting. Thus, as the brain concentration improves, so does the keenness of the eyes, enabling one to appreciate even the most minuscule of details.
Given the amazing health benefits mentioned above, rock painting, it is without a doubt that these activities, those that are useful in promoting the well-being of an individual, need to be further studied and researched. In addition to improving the mental and emotional capabilities of a person, painting also improves sensory and motor skills. All of this through constant practice and skill development. These activities are worth a try, and it is also prudent to note that anyone can engage in painting, you don’t have to be left-brained or born with an artistic side.
Life itself presents us with difficulties, and as such, we need to fight back, fight back by developing skills that counter our ever stormy nature. Sometimes you just need to pick up a brush and begin that stroke.