Benefits of Drawing - Five of the Most Important

Do you draw to express yourself or for fun? Did you know that drawing has positive health benefits?
Benefits of Drawing - Five of the Most Important
Isbelia Esther Farías López

Written and verified by the philosopher Isbelia Esther Farías López.

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Drawing is an activity that we have all done at some point in our lives. When we’re children, there are even more benefits of drawing. That’s because it’s a form of expression and communication. This is significant because many children will not have acquired oral communication abilities yet.

Artists of all ages, countries, cultures, and social classes have delighted humanity with their works. They are able to show through their art what they believe. These artists can express their wants and their lifestyles. Through these works, we can see that drawing has great value as art and there are many benefits of drawing.

And you?  Do you draw?  Do you use drawing as a medium of expression?  Or do you only draw for fun?  Did you know that some of the benefits of drawing are related to your health?

Five benefits of drawing for your health

Communication benefits

Drawing helps widen your communicative range. This is because it allows you to express what you feel, what you want, and what your aspirations are in a different way.  Through drawing, you are able to demonstrate multiple feelings, emotions, and thoughts.  This form of communication is especially significant for people with disabilities who have communication deficits. Shy people who are not capable of verbally communicating in a fluid and natural manner would also find it especially helpful.

Motor skills benefits

The use of different utensils for drawing, like pencils, charcoal, or brushes helps you to develop our fine motor skills. This is especially true for children.  Manipulating and grabbing with the hands is perfect for helping them develop motor skills.  In adults as well, one of the related benefits of drawing is that fine motor skills are reinforced.

Cerebral benefits of drawing

Your brain engages actively during the process of drawing.  The left hemisphere of your brain, responsible for logical tasks, plays a role. At the same time, the right hemisphere, responsible for creativity and imagination also cooperates. Therefore, when you draw, you are working with your brain to develop its abilities.

Mental Health Benefits

Drawing clearly benefits your mental health.  On the one hand, drawing helps develop co ncentration, and helps you improve focus. This is due to the fact that when we draw, we tend to focus on the message we want to get across and not on external events.

Also, it helps to distract you from difficult problems or difficult situations that you may be going through, while we do something relaxing. Drawing allows you to go at your own pace and create unhindered pieces of art.

Benefits of drawing for the whole family

Drawing is something that you can do in the company of others, promoting friendships and spending good times with friends.  It is an activity in which you can be clear-headed, calm, work with your brain, and just have fun all at the same time.

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