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Wellbeing Wednesday Launches

We know that the pandemic and the latest restrictions can cause uncertainty and many challenges and we know how important it is that we are still able to provide support for our patients during these difficult times. We have launched ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’, a new weekly email series which will offer support and connection. Each week, we’ll provide a tip or an activity to try, to help you maintain your wellbeing.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive these emails, please email: creativearts@peacehospicecare.org.uk.

Week 1 – ‘Smile & Relax’ Guided Relaxation

As we move into lockdown, it is important that we continue to find ways to take care of ourselves in this uncertain time. Mala, our generous yoga instructor, has shared this gentle chair-based yoga video to remind us all to breathe, relax and smile.

Week 2 – Autumn Art

This week, collect some leaves on an upcoming walk and create some autumn-inspired artwork.

Week 3 – Take a Mindful Walk

Spending time in green spaces can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, and gentle exercise is a good way to relax. Try this mindful exercise when you’re next on a walk to make the most of what nature has to offer:
 Find a green space. When you get there, stop for a moment and take a deep breath.

  1. Start by walking slowly – try not to worry about getting somewhere quickly.
  2.   Really focus on each step you take. Notice which part of your foot touches the ground first, and feel the transfer of weight through your foot.
  3. Think about the rest of your body – how are you holding your arms?
  4. Notice the ground underneath your feet. Is it grass or earth? Does the ground feel soft?
  5.   Listen to the sounds around you – can you hear birdsong, or wind rustling through the leaves?

Alternatively:

If you can’t go to a green space, try opening your window and noticing what’s around you. Are there clouds in the sky, or trees and plants that you can see? Can you feel rain, wind or sun on your skin?

Or perhaps get a houseplant to look after, spend time focusing on its scent, shape and texture. You could try picking up some of the soil and concentrating on how it feels.

Week 4 – Art Bag Virtual Exhibition

The Art Bag Project is an annual collaborative initiative from Peace Hospice Care and The Hospice of St Francis, designed to connect people in the community and promote wellbeing through engagement in creative activity. The 2019-2021 project theme is ‘Out of the Box’ – featuring white matchboxes that people can decorate with symbols that represent something meaningful in their lives, or an object that brings them joy. You can see all submissions here.

Week 5 – Seated Exercise

If you’ve not done much physical activity for a while, you may want to get the all-clear from a GP before starting.

Find the exercises here.

Week 6 – DIY Wreaths and Festive Twig Crafts

Instead of buying a new wreath this year, how about making your own? Have a look below for some alternative inspiration – including using pom poms, baubles, sweets, unusual colour combinations or even origami…

Wreaths

Twig crafts

Week 7 – Christmas Quiz

With a festive theme this week, our wonderful volunteer, Ian, has compiled a Christmas quiz for us. This might be a nice way to connect with loved ones over Zoom and have some festive fun.

Quiz

Answers

Week 8 – Defusing Holiday Stress

With the increased stress and anxiety this year has brought many of us (and continues to over the festive period where things are very different from how we would like) It’s important to continue taking care of ourselves. We hope that these steps will help to bring a moment of stillness, relaxation and space.

Week 9 – Window Swap

As we ring in the new year still spending more time at home, you may be getting bored of the view from your window. Why not swap it for grazing cows in the rural fields of the Philippines or the dazzling lights of the Manhattan skyline?

Travel may be restricted, but a new video project will virtually transport you around the world, allowing you to watch the view from someone else’s window.

‘Window Swap’ is a website that gives you a view through someone else’s window from around the world. People are sharing video footage taken from their windows, so relax by virtually escaping to a collection of desirable destinations – beach scenes, city walks and beautiful vistas awaits. www.window-swap.com

Week 10 – Classical Cello

Since March last year, when the Republic of Ireland went into the first coronavirus lockdown, musician Patrick Dexter has filmed and shared a series of online videos playing the cello. His open-air recitals, shot outside his picturesque cottage in Mayo on the rural west coast, have been viewed millions of times and Patrick has received messages from people all over the world, including Irish expatriates yearning for their homeland during the pandemic.

You can find out more about him here.

And watch the classical music videos filmed from his Irish cottage here.

Week 11 – Winter Advice from a Respiratory Physio

Read physiotherapist, Ruth’s, advice here.

Week 12 – Community Art Project

Cathartic, a Watford-based organisation who offer creative programs to enrich health and wellbeing, have organised a community art project that will be featured as part of their Covid-19 lockdown artwork book that is currently being curated (which will feature how local people in the community have coped creatively during these challenging times).

The project is called ‘Take my hand’ and they are asking people all of ages and abilities to come up with a design (of any kind) within the hand template attached. The hands will come together to form a beautiful symbol of hope, friendship, unity, and support during these unprecedented times. They want to provide activities to people who are struggling, so please pass onto anyone you feel may enjoy taking part.

You can print the template and decorate your hand – sending finished artworks to creativearts@peacehospicecare.org.uk, or send back directly to cathartic (instructions on attachment).

Week 13 – Take Painting Lessons with Bob Ross

Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting” show is available in full on YouTube, so it’s never been easier to learn how to paint from the master himself. Gather your painting supplies, log on, and you’re ready to go! You can watch Ross’ video tutorials here.

Week 14 – Explore Museums from Home

Famed museums like the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and London’s British Museum are offering online experiences, allowing viewers to learn about the exhibits in the museums from the comfort of their homes. Other museums are offering moments of zen to help people stay calm.

Week 15 – Yoga Breathing Exercises

We hope you enjoy another relaxing video from our lovely yoga volunteer, Mala.

Health & Safety – Although Mala is seated on the floor for the duration of this video, if more appropriate, you can modify to participate while sitting safely in a chair. Please do these exercises at your own pace without forcing into any part. If anything does not feel good, it’s always better to stop.