The Psychological Benefits of Drawing

The Psychological Benefits of Drawing

Busy, busy, busy. We’re always so endlessly busy, always so lost in hectic schedules, rushed errands, and  anxiety-ridden moments that seem to stretch and encompass our entire day. The claim that drawing might help with something like the overwhelming stress we’re always exposed to sounds a little insane, and yet the research indicates that yes, something as simple and sitting down and doodling for a while can have tremendous benefits. If you want to know more, here are some of the ways drawing can help you.

It can help you cope with a sad event

Dealing with loss and heartbreak is a very tough thing to do, but if you sit down, take a deep breath, and starts drawing something that’s completely unrelated to the thing you’re currently experiencing, it will serve as a great distraction. Draw a garden with small roses, or an animal, or a bunch of stick figures engaged in conversation. Before you know it, your mind will feel more at ease.

It lifts your mood

Colored pencils, crayons, ballpoint pens, it’s all really fun to use and it gives you a freedom to draw anything you like. Bring some brightness into your life by drawing silly a moustache on pictures of people in the newspapers, or by making a caricature of your friends and yourself. Have some fun!

It boosts creativity

The level of skill really doesn’t matter here. After all, everyone needs to start somewhere, and those little drawings of misshapen figures can be a start of something great. Drawing engages our brain, it stimulates it, and it pushes us to start seeing the world in a different light. You can also try calligraphy, and learn how to craft letters so beautiful that you’ll never need to buy another greeting card ever again. Your hands alone will be able to make elegant, intricate letters that will grace the paper like a work of art. Start off with a nice set of good calligraphy pens, a notebook, and practice drawing gorgeous letters in your spare time.

It encourages self-reflection

Sometimes you start sketching something random, and you realize it represents an inner longing, or something been on our minds for a while. Drawing can bring out thoughts, desires, and opinions from us, and make us examine them more closely. It can also help us re-examine our feelings and boost our emotional intelligence.

It helps with anxiety

Ever seen those adult coloring books? Similar to coloring, drawing gives us something to do with our hands, it engages us in a simple activity that can soothe us when we’re really nervous. Doodling in the corner of your notebook alone can ease our anxiety and makes us feel more grounded in a tense situation.

It helps you memorize things

One of the ways to boost your memory is to doodle something while you’re listening to a lecture. Whether you’re drawing simple shapes or something more complex, as long as most of your focus is on the things that are being said, drawing helps your retain information. This seems to be particularly true for the moments when people are listening to a lecture about a subject they find boring, as it helps them concentrate and prevents their minds from wandering too much. So, there you go. If you have to sit through a boring class, or a dull meeting at work, just grab your pen and start doodling.

If for no other reason, start drawing because it’s really fun. Draw to pass the time when you’re bored, and you might be surprised how soothing and enjoyable it can get to just start sketching and develop a creative skill.


Tracey Clayton