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How creating art can help mental health

Whether it's doing a virtual class or doodling, it can be a great form of mindfulness, says Prudence Wade

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Headspace: creating art can calm your mind and no one else needs to see it

Headspace: creating art can calm your mind and no one else needs to see it

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Headspace: creating art can calm your mind and no one else needs to see it

After a year of various stay-at-home orders, many of us have picked up new hobbies to help pass the time - such as painting, sketching or sewing.

Creating art isn't just a way of filling up your weekends - it could also have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing. A new report from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists says 'social prescribing' - where health professionals refer patients to non-clinical services, such as art classes, group gardening projects or playing football in a local team - could help combat the mental health fallout from the pandemic.


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