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Swan Lake in Sweatpants

Published on Wed, 08/29/2018 - 08:10am

A study released earlier this summer from the American Psychiatric Association found that Americans are experiencing much more stress these days—particularly in relation to five major factors: health, safety, finances, politics, and relationships. In fact, according to an article on U.S. News & World Report about the study, “Americans are more anxious today than they were a year ago, with 39 percent of people reporting feeling more anxiety.”

That’s a lot of people carrying around the heavy weight of worry! *For some folks, finding an outlet like music or exercise can be a helpful tool to combat some of these feelings. I, myself, enjoy yoga as well as reading and other forms of storytelling to relax and get my mind off life’s burdens. Watching an artistic performance like a ballet or musical also helps by leaving me feeling inspired and elevated from the stress of daily life—if only for an hour or so!

If you also enjoy transporting yourself through music and theatre, and perhaps you have—as my dad likes to say about me—“champagne taste on a beer budget,” try through Mid-Continent Public Library! This free online resource offers MCPL customers access to live streaming of more than 100 performances each year, and you can also retroactively watch other concerts, operas, musicals, documentaries, ballets, and more.

The other day I watched a little Swan Lake in my sweatpants—talk about the best of both worlds! There are also some really cool documentaries about visionaries in the arts who either had a lasting impact on their craft or are shaping the future of it today. Unable to catch the upcoming performances of Madama Butterfly by the Lyric Opera of Kansas City this fall? Watch the opera or a documentary about it on! is a great resource for anyone looking to enjoy some beautiful, uplifting performances.

Do you enjoy the arts? What are some of your favorite performances?

Emily B.
Marketing & Communications

*For additional Library resources on coping with anxiety, try searching our catalog. More information about seeking professional treatment for anxiety can be found online through the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

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