Life is busy. We all get overwhelmed and feel like there's no time to do the things that nourish us. But indulging our creative impulses actually counteracts stress. Anxiety is often a result of having restricted our creativity. Why else are adults embracing coloring books and DIY projects more than ever before? Creative expression is as important to wellness as a healthy diet and moving your body.
In an article called "The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health," researchers analyzed more than 100 studies on the impact of art (including music, writing, dance, and visual arts) on health and healing, and the connection between creativity and health is made abundantly clear.
Whether you're a first-time artist or consider yourself an expert, these Instagram accounts can be counted upon as rich sources of inspiration — whatever your medium.
Erin Gleeson, author and blogger behind The Forest Feast, inspires us with fresh watercolors, recipes, and photos. Her Instagram account makes living the dream actually seem sort of accessible.
Australian graphic designer Dani Hunt loads a ton of love into all of her designs. This account is packed with electric color, vivid imagination, and creative energy that'll inspire your next project.
L.A.-based creative director Amy Tangerine presents inspired paper beauties — ideal crafting projects for a quiet evening at home.
Shannon Kaiser, art director and graphic designer–turned–happiness author and happiness guru, pairs unique mantras with inspiring designs in an effort to help you maximize your daily potential.
French graphic designer Marion Kriboute creates stunning images inspired by the details of everyday life.
Seattle-based wellness coach/self-care advocate/graphic designer Kari Owens inspires followers to be gentle and compassionate with themselves. Her images radiate love and light.
Jenny Highsmith hand-letters her lovely watercolor designs. Each message is intended to inspire. It's truth that goes straight to your heart.
Artist/designer/author/illustrator Molly Hatch channels her love of drawing into whimsical-meets-traditional products for you and your home.
New York Times best-selling author/designer/entrepreneur/retail store owner Moorea Seal posts aspirational photos of curated apparel and home goods.