Ron Hirschberg, MD, is a firm believer is the healing power of music. More specifically, the ability of recalling stories and turning them into songs to help improve symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
Posting photos on social media can accomplish more than just showing off your photography skills. According to a study published in Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, taking a photo each day and posting it online with a caption may actually support improved well-being.
Researchers examined the photos and captions study participants posted daily for a year on Instagram, as well as how the amateur photographers interacted with people who commented on the photos. Among the findings were that taking time away from a stressful period of work, for example, to take a simple photograph of something outside the office window provided a few relaxing moments that felt very therapeutic. Others noted that getting outside to take pictures got them up and moving about more, which boosted their mood. And still other “photographers” found some uplifting validation when their photos received positive feedback online. Some participants found that they enjoyed looking back through their own photographs because they reminded them of happy, simple moments of the past year.
The researchers suggest that taking pictures and sharing them are simple examples of “meaning making,” a psychological term that refers to how a person makes sense of the relationships and situations in his or her life.
This article originally appeared in Mind, Mood & Memory, a publication of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, dedicated to maintaining mental fitness for middle age and beyond.
- Oct | 22 | 2020
“Our goal with this triathlon—and the Medicine in Motion group—is to reduce burnout by building community through fitness and philanthropy,” says Logan Briggs, fourth year Harvard Medical School student and co-founder of Medicine in Motion.
- Oct | 14 | 2020
On Wednesday, October 14, Greg Fricchione, MD, associate chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Mass General, spoke about how to maintain good mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are five tips from his lecture.
- Sep | 23 | 2020
Since the 21st century in the United States, evidence has shown an increasing trend in problematic alcohol use and alcohol use disorders, most notably in older adults. This presentation reviews the epidemiology, socioeconomics and neurocognitive impact of alcohol use disorders in older adults.
- Sep | 22 | 2020
A wealth of virtual, home-accessible tools (apps, podcasts, videos etc.) are now available to support mindfulness, relaxation, and movement.
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- Sep | 22 | 2020
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