Tactile arts, like pottery and ceramics, and arts that work with color, like painting, stimulate brain benefits like increased memory and cognition. At the same time, practicing fine motor skills may help ease pain and inflammation.
Don’t have any artistic skills? No problem. Art classes combine the benefits of creativity and social connection—for an extra healthy boost. 4. Spend time with animals.
You may have noticed therapy animals becoming more common in many places like hospitals, nursing homes and college campuses.
That’s because spending time with a companion animal helps relieve feelings of stress, anxiety and loneliness.
Studies show that dog owners in particular experience cardiovascular health, more feel-good hormones and less social anxiety.