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COVID-19 significantly affects patients’ mental health, triggering a wide range of psychological disorders, including anxiety. The use of benzodiazepines or other pharmacologic agents to treat anxiety introduces an increased risk of respiratory depression and side effects causing clinical deterioration. As a result, non pharmaceutical interventions, such as art therapy, may be safer alternatives . There is a close relationship between art, healing, and well-being which has been acknowledged around the world. According to art psychothera pists, mandala colouring is a psychotherapy technique which can provide psychological support and healing. in this study Mandala colouring was effective in reducing measured anxiety in patients hospitalized due to COVID-19. Based on the findings of this study, physicians and nurses may consider offering mandala colouring as a complementary treatment option along with routine therapies. It is a safe, cheap, and accessible alternative therapeutic strategy to reduce anxiety among patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Future research may focus on comparing the effects of mandala colouring with pharmacologic therapy for anxiety in patients hos pitalized with COVID-19.

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This page is a summary of: The effect of mandala colouring on anxiety in hospitalized COVID‐19 patients: A randomized controlled clinical trial, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, June 2021, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/inm.12901.
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