Mindful Drawing Workshops
One of the things that we try to support through our virtual social hub, is the anxiety and panic that our participants describe having. Sometimes its helpful to talk through some breathing techniques or distraction techniques and we have signposted people to specific apps or websites that can support them. The key is to distract the brain from the frantic streams of thought that occur when one is anxious or panicked. A really good way to do this is to draw or paint. David our tutor and social hub worker has devised a series of Mindful Drawing videos that are on the website here and he is now running a Mindful Drawing virtual workshop every week for members who have expressed an interest.
Members of the group have agreed that we can display some of their pieces of work to show the sort of things that are done, building gradually from a very simple warm-up exercise to something more complex –
The key thing to remember is that this is not for people who are necessarily good at art; this is for people who want a mindful activity to distract themselves and calm themselves down with a focused piece of work.
Everyone who takes part is asked to assess their levels of anxiety at the start of the exercise and then again at the end, and it’s clear that anxiety levels drop significantly and all the exercises are things that people can repeat or develop further in their own time
If you think you would like to take part in some of these just contact David or Val or ask one of the volunteers and we will send you the link to the event so that you can give it a try.