Studies have found that the visual arts promote, health, wellness and fosters adaptive responses to stress.
Art and mental health can have a positive connection— artistic activities such as sculpting, painting, or drawing are known to lower stress levels and promote mental calmness. It takes your mind off of your everyday life and provides a relaxing distraction.
The connection between creativity and mental illnesses has been a source of interest towards researchers for years. Mental illnesses have a large impact on the sufferer's creativity and how they express themselves. Many household names in the art world have dealt with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, mania, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc. These illnesses and their impacts are visible in some of the world's most famous paintings, literature, etc.