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Is collecting art good for your mental health?

Mental wellbeing is as important as our physical wellbeing. Our mental health influences our physical health, as well as our capability to lead a healthy lifestyle and manage and recover from physical health conditions.

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England. The complexity of mental health problems varies significantly, with great work being done by charities such as Mind and YoungMinds. Some small things can help in our everyday lives, including regular exercise, mindfulness and meditation, maintaining a healthy diet, positive social interaction, and art.

Collecting art and mental health

Collecting art can be beneficial to our mental health as it can provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment and serve as a form of self-expression.

Viewing art can have a calming and meditative effect and can serve as a source of inspiration and creativity. However, it's important to note that the effects of collecting art on mental health can vary depending on the individual, and it's also important to consider the financial and practical aspects of collecting art

Why does collecting art provide a sense of purpose?

Collecting art can provide a sense of purpose for several reasons:

1. Personal connection

Collecting art can be a way to connect works of art and the artist, as well as their own personal tastes and values. It is a great way explore our own personal interests and passions.

2. Investment

Collecting art can be a form of investment, as the value of certain artwork can appreciate over time. This can provide a sense of purpose for those who are looking for a way to invest their money in something that they are passionate about.

3. History and culture

For many it is a way of learning about and appreciate different cultures and historical periods. It can provide a sense of purpose for those who are interested in history, culture, and art.

4. Philanthropy

Collecting art supports the arts and artists, whether it is by purchasing art from emerging artists, or by supporting museums, galleries and other art institutions.

5. Legacy

Collecting art can also be a way for individuals to leave a legacy. It can be a way for individuals to collect art that will be enjoyed by future generations and also to be a legacy of their taste, values, and interests.

It's important to note that collecting art can be a deeply personal experience, and the sense of purpose it provides will vary depending on the individual. The purpose of collecting art can also change over time, as an individual's interests, tastes and values can evolve.

Find our more about collecting art on a budget, or if you are considering gifting art with these two articles:

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