What makes art a high-quality work break?
It's no secret that painting and drawing can help people feel calmer and more focused. And you don’t need to be a budding artist, or even any good at art at all, to reap the benefits!
Studies have found that just the act of colouring in can be tremendously soothing and can even help with reducing anxiety. No wonder those adult colouring books fly off the shelves!
And rather than being just mindless scribbling, doodling can be a great thinking tool. The Wall Street Journal wrote: 'Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information. A blank page also can serve as an extended playing field for the brain, allowing people to revise and improve on creative thoughts and ideas.’
So, whether you have your paints at the ready or just the back of an envelope and a pen, even just a short arty break can have you feeling calmer and more focused during your work day.