Move over mindful colouring – there’s a new kid in town!

If you’re wondering how creativity for wellbeing works in real terms, then this workshop is for you. If you’ve done more mindful colouring books that you care to shake a sharpie at, but you’d still like to find peace in creative pursuits then maybe memory keeping is the answer. Journalling doesn’t have to be a laborious task that takes you hours and hours every day. If you feel like it’s a mammoth undertaking, you’re very likely to put it off so find a quick and easy method that appeals to you and give it a try. There are methods of writing down short sentences, scoring yourself out of ten or even just writing a smiley face in your daily appointments diary. It can be as minimalist or fancy as you like.

Creativity for Wellbeing

We’ve looked at the link between creativity for wellbeing and journal keeping. The idea is to capture events and happenings, dates perhaps that things have taken place, who you were with and possibly even how you felt about it. Anything that you think is worth remembering about this day. Some people will like to take a photo, everybody out at the beach having fun in the sun for example. Others might want to keep the ticket stub for the helter-skelter ride that the kids went on or it’s possible simply to jot down a short paragraph with some details about the family day out. All of those are ways of memory keeping and will give you something to look back on, not only to treasure, but also help you capture in a way that will help you make sense of things and how you felt at the time.

Why diary keeping helps

Often when we’re feeling sad, fed up, low or anxious, we can get an over generalised view of what is happening. If you recall a time when you were in pain then it can often feel like the pain is always present or constantly impacting on your day. However, when we look more closely it’s possible to recognise that, for some moments at least, the pain was diminished, or slightly less. Our attention might be elsewhere, enjoying a piece of music of chatting with a friend and the pain is lessened. Being creative for wellbeing is thus created.

When we start to recognise that things are changing, that there are moments of highs and lows, it can help us put our problems into perspective.

Having a written record, a tangible object in our hands, can really help us in this reflective process. Our journey is catalogued in such a way that we an see how far we’ve come and that the dark times have the potential to be lifted.

Jennie will be hosting an afternoon workshop looking at how even the most uncreative amongst us can use creativity for wellbeing in the form of notebooks, planners and diaries to chart our progress and feel more in control. 3rd March 2pm at the Kennington WI Hall. £30 with limited spaces. Explore now.