Are You Feeling Depressed? Visit A Museum!
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Nigeria’s culture is hidden in some of the museums that are in locations that are not easily accessible, but the effect such visits would have on your health should be a motivating factor.
You must have heard that laughter is one very nice medicine to humans. "A merry heath does good like medicine,” the saying goes.
In Canada, however, culture is gradually bringing healing power to the table.
There is a new initiative in Montreal, Canada, where doctors will be able to prescribe free art museum visits to patients with a range of ailments, from depression to diabetes to chronic illnesses, the World Economic Forum said.
“In the 21st century, culture will be what physical activity was for health in the 20th century,” predicts Nathalie Bondil, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts director general, in the Montreal Gazette.
The innovative institution is already focused on art and wellness and it is joining forces with Médecins Francophones du Canada, an association of French-speaking doctors, to allow member physicians to prescribe art.
Hélène Boyer, vice president of the medical association, explained to the Gazette: “There’s more and more scientific proof that art therapy is good for your physical health.
“It increases our level of cortisol and our level of serotonin.
“We secrete hormones when we visit a museum and these hormones are responsible for our well-being”.
According to the doctor, art has a similar positive effect on people as exercise.
“Since the ’80s we’ve been prescribing exercise for our patients because we know exercise increases exactly the same hormones.”
If you have an old relative that may not be able to exercise, a museum visit will give him such a relief that exercising could give.
In view of this, Boyer believes museum visits can improve wellness in patients of all ages and offers an alternative to prescribing physical activity for those who might find exercise risky, such as the elderly.
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Boyer also points out that art can help those who suffer both physical and mental illnesses.
“People tend to think this is only good for mental health issues. That it’s for people who’re depressed or who have psychological problems. But that’s not the case,” Boyer said.
The museum will allow doctors to prescribe 50 free visits a year for a patient and caregivers.
Each prescription will allow entry for up to two adults and two children age 17 or under.
In this way, the culture prescription could be therapeutic not only for those who are already suffering due to illness, but also as preventative care for visitors who accompany patients.
Now that this kind of prescription is not added in Nigeria’s medical practice, you can apply it and see the effect it will have on you or any relative that may be depressed.
There are museums in different states of the nation and most of them are not expensive to access.
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