Art as medicine: U.S. Healthcare Providers Prescribe Creative Activities for Mental Health

In the U.S., healthcare providers can now prescribe arts-related activities as a form of treatment for anxiety and depression, a practice known as “arts on prescription”. This innovative approach includes free tickets and transportation to cultural events or classes, aiming to leverage the therapeutic benefits of engaging with the arts.

Studies indicate that such engagement can lower stress hormone levels and enhance emotional wellbeing. Programs like these, which have been implemented in various states including Massachusetts and California, also offer opportunities for social connection, countering feelings of loneliness and isolation that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of cultural activities and how you can get those for yourself—even if you don’t have a doc who can dash off a prescription for you.

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