05/05/2021

Performing Arts and Mental Health in Teenagers Why Teach

Provide a form of release

The arts is excellent for channelling inner thoughts, frustrations and feelings, which can improve mental health in teenagers. For young people undergoing exam stress or problems at home, performing arts is a chance to express themselves.

By turning negative energy into creativity, they can find it easier to overcome suffering or trauma. So being a drama teacher can be a lot more than passing on practical skills for building future careers. You could be contributing to much bigger triumphs in their life, including their wellbeing.

Understanding how to improve mental health in young people starts with giving them a safe platform to be open and honest. While this sometimes isn’t possible through words or in a formal setting, it can be done alternatively thought arts therapy.

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Help exercise their right brain

As a performing arts teacher, you will also be imparting important life skills by expanding their right brain function. Not only does this section of the brain handle creativity, but it maintains vigilance, enhances intuition, and employs hands-on learning ability.

Furthermore, there’s a link between the creative brain and an ability to see the bigger picture, which is a handy skill to have in life. Plus, right brain dominant people are also better with spacial awareness, which contributes to balance and physical performance in sports.

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Manage depression and anxiety

Singing and dancing both release endorphins, helping to create a better mood balance for those who are prone to depression. Performing arts activities can support them physically too.

For instance, singing or voice acting teaches students to practice breathing techniques and to use their diaphragm in the right way. This increases oxygen intake and can help those who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks.

 

Do you want to turn your creative degree into a successful career in teaching? The University of Bolton is one of the largest teacher training providers in the UK. We rank No.2 in the UK for Teaching Quality in Education Courses*, as well as No.1 for Student Satisfaction in Education Courses in Greater Manchester and the North West**, so there’s nowhere better to embark on your PGCE!

To find out more about applying in September 2021, go to our course page.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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