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How art aids recovery

Giving wings to your fantasies and blurring the gap between the virtual and the real, beautiful works of art provide the perfect nuance for relaxation, joy and thus lead to a quicker healing. Whether a sick person is at home or a hospital, it is obvious that he would be in suffering some amount of discomfort, pain or Paintings for Relaxationdepression. Surely, a near and dear one would love to make him a bit more comfortable and perk up his low spirits by putting up a bright and colorful atmosphere around. Positive art displayed in the form if multiple canvas paintings, ceiling tiles and

Art in a hospital

wall murals or simply wall paintings can bring in cheer, color, freshness and relaxation, besides banishing the starkness and formality of bare, intimidating walls.

As stated by Dr. Edward Bayne (University Hospital- Florida), “I believe that art can definitely be part of the healing process. The hospital atmosphere is often not conducive to healing. We know more and more now that healing is a mental process as well as a physical process. Works of art are opening up the hospital atmosphere and providing an environment where not only the body can get well, but the mind canLily also get well.”

HarmonyScientific studies like psychology have also proved that colors play a profound effect on the body and mind. Like shades of green and blue are cool and calming while warm reds can stimulate appetite and increase heartbeat. Likewise, yellow and orange can really create a friendly and warm attraction. Natural scenery like

A Colorful Pelican

landscapes, seascapes, animals, birds, flowers, fishes and lush green foliage that implicate growth and energy of life, can have a remarkable positive effect on sick patients and people with depressions, stress and anxiety. Art specially helps children connect to inspiration and joy, makes them forget their fears of a strange place, illness, pain, nervousness and boredom.

A landmark study also found that post-surgical patients who had a view of trees in full foliage had shorter

post-operative hospital stays, required less medication, and experienced few post-surgical complications compared to those who had a brick wall in front of them.

Two TulipsDragonfly in the PergolaIt brings to mind a classic story by O Henri, named “The last leaf” where a person suffering from serious pneumonia starts believing that her life would depart with the last leaf of a shedding tree in autumn. A realistic painted leaf outside her window manages to pull her back to good health as well as her senses. This story wonderfully portrays the effect of art as a curative effect as well as the immense dependence of a patient on a natural scene to get inspired and divert her focus from the pain.

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