Oct 04, 2017 12:00 PM

Author: Amy Horyna, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C


There is a saying that “medicine cures the body, but art heals the spirit.” Research shows that art activities provide measureable health benefits to people at all stages of the cancer journey, letting them live better and healthier lives. When we take time to create and express ourselves, we can regain a sense of control over the parts of our lives that may make us feel helpless.

Many people think that to be creative, you have to be an artist, musician, dancer, photographer, inventor, writer, or poet. Luckily, this is not the case. All children start as creative beings, but as we grow into adulthood we often put up barriers to artistic expression. But we can all find our creative spirit, buried below our day-to-day tasks. 

How to Tune into Your Creative Self

Practice giving yourself the time, space, and permission to explore your creative self. Here are some tips:

  • Be willing to take risks.
  • Schedule time to create something.
  • Try a new class or activity.
  • Expose yourself to new art.
  • Keep a creativity journal.
  • Allow your inner child to come out and play.
  • Be open to the expression of feelings.

HCI patients and caregivers can take creative arts classes in art, dance, writing, and more through the Linda B. and Robert B. Wiggins Wellness and Integrative Health Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). Call 801-587-4585 to learn more or make an appointment.


Amy Horyna, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Patient and Family Support
wellness.center@hci.utah.edu

patient and family support wellness center creative arts

Sign Up for Weekly Health Updates

Get weekly emails of the latest news from HealthFeed.