Many visual art and craft activities require unique focus, and cause the "artist" to set aside all other thoughts and worries as they focus on the task in hand. The act of creating can be very relaxing and calming, which is why we encourage our residents to produce their own art and craft pieces. To see some art and craft work created by our residents please click HERE.
Evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and even benefit your physical health. We encourage our residents to get involved in charity work, as it helps to distracts them from their own problems, allows them to engage in a meaningful activity and improves their self-esteem and competence. To hear about some of the charity work undertaken by our residents please click HERE.
A developing body of research shows that writing is good for you, which is why we encourage our residents to write their own poetry. Writing poems is designed to foster personal growth, increased mindfulness, and emotional wellbeing as it encourages the author to seek new perspectives on difficult issues and helps them to unleash their creative side. To read some poems written by our residents please click HERE.
Photography is a valuable tool for emotional wellness as it helps people take time out to refocus and gain perspective, which is why we encourage our residents to take their own photographs. Picking up a camera encourages participants to look around and observe their surroundings more, focusing on different subjects and scenarios to take pictures of. Whilst it also allows them to take a moment to stop, concentrate on their breathing and practice mindfulness, which reduces stress. To see some photographs taken by our residents please click HERE.