A ground-breaking report from The World Health Organisation
We are sending out this week's Mindful Minutes a little early as this Thursday we will be giving our loyal following a well-earned gift ahead of the Black Friday weekend.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published a ground-breaking report this month that states: ' Bringing arts into people's lives through activities including dancing, singing, and going to museums and concerts offer an added dimension to how we can improve physical and mental health.'
There were five categories of arts activities reviewed:
- Performing arts: music, dance, singing, theatre and film
- Visual arts: craft, design, painting and photography
- Literature: writing, reading and attending literary festivals
- Culture: going to museums, galleries, concerts and the theatre
- Online arts: animation, digital arts, etc.
What's super interesting and incredibly relevant is that following the report, several countries are said to be looking at actually prescribing arts and social schemes as a way of managing mental health issues.
The report emphasises the positive effects the arts can have on our health and wellbeing throughout our lives. For example, reading to young children before bed can improve sleeping habits and concentration at school. Later in life, music can support cognition in people with dementia. Singing, in particular, has been found to improve attention, episodic memory and executive function.
So if you're feeling down, anxious or worried, try some of the above and give yourself a break from the day-to-day stress.
A MINDFUL MOMENT
Given the current climate and scrutiny around the damaging effect human beings are having on the world, we wanted to share a bit of positivity.
In the mid 1950's, there were thought to be only 450 humpback whales in the South Atlantic. The population plummeted after whale hunting was introduced to the region in 1830. Now, in 2019, there are roughly 25,000 humpback whales in the western South Atlantic, a monumental recovery from where the numbers stood just 60 years ago.
They're having a whale of a time.