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20- and 30-somethings are turning to art galleries and museums to de-stress and deal with anxiety. I’m Kyle Kittleson. This is your MedCircle Weekly News.
A survey of over 2,500 adults showed that 65% of people under the age of 30 who had felt some level of anxiety in the past 24 hours were 2x as likely as others in the study to visit museums and art galleries monthly as a way to de-stress.
Leading sources of anxiety were debt, loneliness, and social media.
So how exactly does it help?
Many studies have revealed that visually-appealing art can reduce negative emotions and increase positive ones, lower levels of depression, reduce fatigue, and even increase healing in trauma patients.
One study found in the National Library of Medicine notes that, “Throughout recorded history, people have used pictures, stories, dances, and chants as healing rituals … Art helps people express experiences that are too difficult to put into words.”
Why did it help those in their 30s, specifically?
Well, research shows that as people reach their 40s and 50s, levels of anxiety actually drop as retirement draws nearer. So it makes sense that 20- and 30-somethings would reap the most benefits from this hobby.
Regardless, people of all ages can enjoy the healing effects of art. They can ALSO watch our original series Understanding the Anxious Self with Dr. Ramani.
I’m Kyle Kittleson, and remember - whatever you’re going through, you got this!
This content is intended for informational purposes only. It should not replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you think you have a medical emergency, call 911 or your doctor immediately.