Has anyone ever seen you doodle, paint, or sing and told you that it’s a waste of valuable time? That’s not true.

An NPR article reports that art can be beneficial to your mental and physical health. In addition to these positive outcomes, engaging in a creative hobby or skill might make it easier for you to solve problems.

That’s because using your imagination results in the courage to solve problems as they come along. Drexel University Professor Girija Kaimal also says art can improve symptoms of anxiety and improve your mood.

With all of our obligations, duties, and stress, how can you integrate art into your life so you can enjoy its benefits? Here are five ways to get started.

5. Do What You Like

Think of arts and crafts you enjoyed as a child. Don’t be afraid to try something new and different.

4. Concentrate on the Process

It’s easy to be disappointed when you play a song and it doesn’t sound just like the original, or when your drawings aren’t 100% perfect.

Focus on the process of creating a new piece of art, song, or play.

That’s what really makes you feel better.

3. Take a Break

Some days your inspiration may wane.

It’s okay to take one or two days off per week and then come back to your work.

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2. Create a Habit

Making art is a habit, just like going to the gym, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep.

If it helps to use a planner or take a class to keep you accountable, then do it!

You won’t regret making time for your new passion.

1. You Don’t Have to be Perfect

You’re not trying to win a Tony Award for your participation in the town community play (though if you do, that’s great!).

Everyone has the power to express themselves creatively and be an artist.

What do you think? Your thoughts or other tips for would-be creatives would be appreciated!