Here ’s How Art Can Make You Happier And Healthier

Art can be a source of inspiration and comfort during challenging times, and this is why millions of people all over the world have started drawing, painting, or learning a musical instrument as a way to cope with the Covid-19 crisis. But even before the pandemic, people have been turning to artistic endeavors as a way to heal, and studies have shown that engaging in art activities can actually benefit your life in many ways. Creating and appreciating art can be good for the body, mind, and soul, and here are all the ways art can make you happier and healthier. It can relieve stress Everyone will experience stress at some point in their life, and currently, over one-third of all Americans are living with extreme stress. Feeling constantly stressed can result in physical and mental health problems, relationship issues, and poor productivity at work, which is why finding positive ways to cope with it should always be a priority. Meditation and exercise can relieve stress, but drawing, painting, coloring, or sculpting can also help to ease tension and calm the mind. According to a Drexel University study, just 45 minutes of making art can significantly lower stress levels, making you feel more relaxed and less anxious. If it’s been a while since you’ve made art, start simple. You can try coloring in an adult coloring book, or sketch hairstyles such as wavy tresses on cartoon or anime characters. Don’t worry about making it...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: creativity depression featured happiness psychology self-improvement art art therapy Source Type: blogs

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the mental health status of pan-Indian frontline doctors combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: A cross-sectional, observational study was conducted among frontline doctors of tertiary care hospitals in India (East: Kolkata, West Bengal; North: New Delhi; West: Nagpur, Maharashtra; and South: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala) from May 23, 2020, to June 6, 2020. Doctors involved in clinical services in outpatient departments, designated COVID-19 wards, screening blocks, fever clinics, and intensive care units completed an online questionnaire. The 9-item Patient Health Questionna...
Source: The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders - Category: Primary Care Tags: Prim Care Companion CNS Disord Source Type: research
Authors: Henssler J, Stock F, van Bohemen J, Walter H, Heinz A, Brandt L Abstract Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of people worldwide is currently affected by quarantine or isolation. These measures have been suggested to negatively impact on mental health. We conducted the first systematic literature review and meta-analysis assessing the psychological effects in both quarantined and isolated persons compared to non-quarantined and non-isolated persons. PubMed, PsycINFO, and Embase databases were searched for studies until April 22, 2020 (Prospero Registration-No.: CRD42020180043). We...
Source: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci Source Type: research
AbstractA recent Italian report on medicines use during COVID-19 epidemic outlined a non-significant increase in outpatient pharmaceutical antidepressant consumption in March and a significant increase in anxiolytic consumption. Along with this, an analysis of psychiatric hospitalizations in Lombardy revealed a reduction in voluntary admissions in the 40  days after the beginning of COVID-19 epidemic in Italy. Nevertheless, several studies reported a greater prevalence of depressive and anxiety symptoms in the Italian general population during the lockdown compared to before the pandemic. Furthermore, the request for ...
Source: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
This study also found that a number of patients with COVID suffered strokes. In fact, COVID infection is a risk factor for strokes. A group of Canadian doctors found that individuals over 70 years of age were at particularly high risk for stroke related to COVID infection, but even young individuals are seven times more likely to have a stroke from this coronavirus versus a typical flu virus. Autopsy data from COVID patients in Finland suggests that another major cause of brain damage is lack of oxygen. Particularly worrisome is that several of the patients who were autopsied did not show any signs of brain injury during t...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Brain and cognitive health Coronavirus and COVID-19 Memory Neurological conditions Source Type: blogs
In conclusion, work demands generally worsen, while recovery experiences protect mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic with the caveat of the role of detachment experiences.
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
The 2019 COVID-19 pandemic poses a challenge to adolescent psychological health. The aim of this study was to survey junior high and high school students in China to better understand the psychological consequences, such as anxiety, depression, and stress, of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Journal of Adolescent Health - Category: Child Development Authors: Tags: Original article Source Type: research
Conclusions: The results provide a basis for the development of psychological interventions that could minimize the prevalence of sleep disorders and depression and could improve patients ’ quality of life during the outbreak.RESUMO Introdu ção: Este estudo relatou uma variedade de reações psicológicas relacionadas a ansiedade, qualidade do sono, depressão, fadiga e qualidade de vida em indivíduos com esclerose múltipla (EM), relacionadas à experiência de quarentena de COVID-19. Objetivo: O objetivo deste estudo foi invest igar os efeitos neuropsiqu...
Source: Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented health and economic impact. Psychological stress, anxiety and depression are affecting not only COVID-19 patients but also health professionals, and general populati...
Source: BMC Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
BackgroundSince the middle of March, the COVID-19 outbreak has been well contained in China. The prevention and control measures for the outbreak have been downgraded to a normalized level. However, until now, the change in level of psychological health amongst perinatal women during the remission phase of the COVID-19 outbreak has not been investigated in China. The aim of this current study was to assess the symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia and quality of life (QOL) in perinatal women and to identify potential risk factors associated with these symptoms.MethodsThis was a cross-sectional, hospital-based survey co...
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
This study aimed to provide data urgently needed to inform government policy and resource allocation now and in other future crises. The study was the first to survey a representative sample from the Australian population at the early acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Depression, anxiety, and psychological wellbeing were measured with well-validated scales (PHQ-9, GAD-7, WHO-5). Using linear regression, we tested for associations between mental health and exposure to COVID-19, impacts of COVID-19 on work and social functioning, and socio-demographic factors. Depression and anxiety symptoms were substantively elevated r...
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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