Art can be an effective coping mechanism during challenging times, as it enables people to experience healing in a holistic way. This is the reason why so many individuals all over the world have begun to take an interest in drawing or painting, with painting tutorial videos such as Bob Ross’ "The Joy of Painting" episodes having a sudden surge in viewership this year. Dog owners can take advantage of the healing power of art by drawing or painting their beloved pets. Not only is it a great way to bond with your fur baby, but creating projects inspired by your fur baby can benefit your mental and emotional health in different ways. Here are all the reasons why creating dog-inspired art projects can be good for you.

It can relieve stress

Studies have found that caring for a dog can do much to relieve stress. According to recent research, just 10 minutes spent interacting with a pet can reduce cortisol, which is a major stress hormone. When you incorporate an artistic activity into your bonding time with your dog, it becomes even more relaxing as activities such as drawing or coloring can help to ease your mind and relieve tension. If you’re a beginner, start by sketching a cartoon or caricature of your dog, then color it in with colored pencils or gel pens. Once you get more confident creating dog inspired art, branch out by using other art materials such as oil paints or acrylics.

It can reduce depression and anxiety

Mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety affect millions of people around the world. As of last year, it was reported that 40 million Americans have anxiety disorders, while over 16 million people in the country are coping with major depressive disorder. Therapy and medication can help to ease anxiety and depression, but if you want to try an alternative approach to mental health, consider using a bit of clay to sculpt a figure of your dog, or get a canvas and paint a picture of your fur baby. These activities can help to stimulate the release of dopamine, which can boost mood and make us feel happier. Painting or sculpting can also be an outlet for releasing negative emotions, enabling you to feel calm and more at ease.

It can boost your self esteem

Many people struggle with low self-esteem, and there are so many factors that can cause this, from having an unhappy childhood to having relationship or financial issues. Caring for a dog can improve your self esteem, boost morale, and give us a sense of self worth. This is why so many dog owners say that they’ve started feeling better about themselves and their overall quality of life since they’ve welcomed a dog into their home. To enhance this feeling of general wellbeing, try taking photographs of your pooch or write a story inspired by your pet. Creative pursuits like these can enhance your sense of self as it gives you a feeling of accomplishment, so you can feel more confident and secure.

Having a pet and engaging in creative pursuits can both help to enhance your mental health. Try creating dog-inspired art projects and see how it can enrich your life and make you feel happier.