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Why Painting Can Help You Through the Lockdown Blues

There’s no doubt that over the last year people have faced new challenges in finance, health, and their way of life. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has literally changed the way the world works and how we live ours lives. As we face those new realities, painting is becoming a therapeutic solution for millions of people.

Long has art and especially painting been something people can embrace to help them pass time. Whether you’re already a dedicated artist or new to painting, there’s no doubt there’s much to gain from exploring the world on the canvas. Whether you’re expanding your horizons or learning how to paint, this article will detail the benefits of painting in a COVID-19 world.

Painting is Therapeutic
Being locked down and unable to interact in normal social ways can certainly take a toll on our mental wellbeing. Finding a release when you’re stuck in your house is easier said than done. Simply having a distraction may not be enough for some people. For many, finding something that really engages the mind and allows them to feel free is necessary.

Painting is noted for being a very therapeutic activity, even used as a proper form of therapy in the mental health community. On a more personal level, painting can help you release emotions. During the lockdown, those emotions may be frustration, fear, or anger. By painting you can allow your feelings to emerge in healthy ways.

Explore Creativity
If you are someone who is creative, the pressures of the lockdown may have stifled you. Painting is one way to let your creativity flow and allow your imagination to run free. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner learning to paint or an expert artist, once you start painting you can put your emotions onto the canvas and express yourself in any way you want.

It’s Affordable
Finding a past time that takes up a lot of time at little cost is important. Learning how to paint passes the time in a fun way, and you can get started without spending too much money. Online courses are affordable or even free, allowing you to learn to paint at your own pace.

Painting is Something New
Most people are distracted these days, whether it’s games, going out, watching movies, listening to music. Despite all those distractions, the lockdown has resulted in boredom for millions of people. There’s only so much Netflix one can take before it gets old. With no respite from going out, many are looking for new pastimes.

Painting is something that will ne new to many people. Still, it is also familiar to most because the majority of people have painted during their life, even if it was back at school. That means you can pick up a cool new hobby that you are already familiar with. Adding more things to do can help those long lockdown days move faster.

You’re Not Breaking the Quarantine
Many countries have strict lockdown measures in place. These measures restrict the movement of people and stop them from going outside unless for essential purposes. There are many temptations outside but to fight against the pandemic, staying safe indoors is the best option. When you learn how to paint, you will have an indoor activity that keeps you completely within the rules of lockdown restrictions.

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