We use creative practices, social connection and facilitation on understanding our symptoms, strategies and brains to explore how a creative routine or habit can help improve, manage and support positive mental health.
Our 8 week course involves exploring a different creative practice, such as drawing, writing, cooking, gardening, dance, and reflecting on how it shifts and alters our mood, symptoms and experience. We use this process to develop great skills in noticing what works for us, and developing strong habits and routines for self-care.
A growing body of research shows that creative routines such as drawing, singing, being in nature, gardening, cooking, craft, painting, and writing, interact with our brain chemistry in ways that foster wellbeing. Like exercise, they have the power to regulate our nervous system, calm our stress responses, connect us to our empathy, joy, delight and the present moment. Combined with the ways these practices can include a social aspect, they have the potential to be a crucial part of managing anxiety, depression and PTSD. Many of us though, believe we are 'no good' at some of these practices, or they are reserved for 'creative types'.
MakeShift offers the opportunity to be curious and explore some of these creative practices through learning from artists themselves. Alongside facilitated reflection, we can learn and understand the difference they can make in how we feel, think and interact.
Options include our 8 week program, exploring a different practice each week, or our workshop series.
Rumpus is working in partnership with the iCare Foundation on a pilot program that works with injured workers while they are on leave. This 8 week program will introduce a range of creative activities presented by different facilitators each week, as well as provide education about self care, monitoring symptoms and building social connections.
Participants will be able to be referred by the Claims Manager, GP, Pyschologist, or self refer. Participation in the program is free. Referrals will be open in March 2020 for this program which begins in April.