One Nice Thing: International Arts + Mind Lab COVID-19 NeuroArts Field Guide

July 2, 2020 | Filed Under One Nice Thing | No Comments

The International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) at the Brain Science Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has created a NeuroArts Field Guide with articles and resources for maintaining and improving mental health during the pandemic through artistic activities.

“Even before the pandemic, many of us engaged in art making or art appreciation to help us feel happier and healthier. Some of us draw, sing, dance or write. Others listen to our favorite music or story to feel a sense of calm.
In response to many requests about ways the arts can help us during the pandemic, IAM Lab has created the COVID-19 NeuroArts Field Guide. It offers weekly easy-to-do art activities and simple explanations about the science behind them.
From stress and anxiety to loneliness and loss, we hope these evidence-based arts ideas help you and your family find new and joyful ways to cope and feel better during this unpredictable time.”

Articles range from “How Listening to Music May Ease Traumatic Stress” to “Just Dance: A Prescription for Mental Wellbeing” and “How a Dose of Nature Is Essential to Your Mental Health “, and include not only suggested activities related to the topic, but also explain the neurological effects of the activities.

Of course, you can skip the explanations and go directly to the activities, but if you’re at all curious about how the human brain works (or doesn’t, sometimes), it’s an easy way to learn about this fascinating subject.

You can also check out this article on “Making Art Is Keeping Us Sane” from Reasons to Be Cheerful as an introduction. And, while you’re at it, sign up for the RTBC newsletter—it’s something you will look forward to seeing in your inbox!

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