Creative Wellbeing introduces kids and teens to these six pillars in a gentle and approachable way. Through creative activities that are fun and engaging, the kids will develop valuable coping mechanisms, discover how to regulate their emotions, and learn how to identify and recognise their emotions in the first place. This will not only help them manage their own behaviour in the classroom but will encourage and foster good mental health practices throughout their entire lives.
Our Creative Wellbeing programs are a whole-school approach. Let’s break down what that means and how we can help students, teachers, and even parents work together to encourage creative wellbeing and mindfulness throughout the community.
Students – online or in-person
Individual classes, Selected student group and Whole school
Teachers – online or in-person
Monthly workshops, Once a term and Team building days
Professional development focusing on how creativity can calm you and your classroom.
Parents – online or in-person
2 hour workshop and 6 week workshop
Calmer Class Rooms – Provide your students with the techniques and skills to both recognise what they’re feeling and cope with those feeling in a healthy way.
Calmer Teachers – Teaching kids effective creative strategies that will help them manage their own mental wellbeing is an ongoing process. When we provide teachers with the framework and theory behind creative wellness, they can implement it in their day-to-day teachings.
Calmer Parents – We all know how big a role parenting plays in a child’s development. When children’s mental health needs are being met at home, they’re more likely to thrive at school, both socially and academically.
Being creative isn’t just a passtime. It can help reduce stress while enhancing innovation. Improve mood while regulating emotions. Build self esteem by allowing us to gain confidence in ourselves. Lessen anxiety while strengthening resilience. Practicing self-exploration and creating something purely for enjoyment gets people out of the results-driven headspace we so often slip into. Creativity can even help us process and express experiences that we struggle to put into words.
So often when people refer to mental health, they are looking for something wrong that needs to be fixed. Positive psychology looks in the other direction. Instead of focusing on what is clinically wrong, the focus is put on what we can do right. How we can introduce and incorporate wellbeing practices into our day-to-day that result in a satisfying and meaningful life. The idea is to promote overall wellbeing, allowing people to experience pleasure, connection and accomplishment every day.
Knowing how to relate to others and manage our own emotions isn’t something we’re born with. We learn our behaviours, coping mechanisms, and relationship skills over time, which is what sets up to be able to function and thrive in any situation. Social and emotional learning involves developing self-awareness, self-control, positive relationships and healthy coping mechanisms in every aspect of life. By having this arsenal of tools, we can adapt them to face any challenge life throws at us.
Wellbeing and mindfulness is not solely psychological. How we treat our bodies can drastically impact our mental health and overall headspace. By promoting public health, we’re not just waiting until something goes wrong and needs to be fixed. While illness treatment is extremely important, illness prevention and promotion of general health is just as crucial. It puts us and our bodies in the best possible state for leading healthy and happy lives, reducing the chance of serious physical or mental set backs.
Otherwise known as Neural Science, neuroscience is all about the nervous system and how it can dictate our behaviours. As we all know, habits and negative thought patterns or behaviours aren’t just things we can snap out of. It takes an understanding of how the brain works to recognise and disrupt neural pathways that aren’t serving our mental health well. With neurodevelopment we can address trauma, support self-regulation, boost self-efficiancy, strengthen positive attachments, and build resilience.
Creative wellbeing is all about allowing a safe space for self expression. Through creative practices people can uncover and convey issues that they otherwise can’t access or communicate. It allows trauma to be explored in a safe and comfortable setting, giving people the power to reframe their trauma in a comforting rather than confronting way. By applying the principles of trauma informed practice we can address the traumatic stress that so many of us face and share the tools needed to overcome it.
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When I'm not off painting rainbows with my kids and getting stuck in glitter and scissors, paint and clay, I’m an experienced and Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Sensorimotor Art Therapist, who works with children, adolescents, women and families. I can help when you experience difficulties managing the demands of day-to-day life. Including the impacts of depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma and relationship problems.
On a personal level, being creative has changed my life and opened me up to divine insight about myself. It allows me to express my inner world and helps me to integrate it into my outer world.
Through creative expression I have been able to heal old wounds, free myself of past worries and opened my heart to truly knowing, understanding and loving myself for who I am. This has allowed me to open my heart and invite new things to come my way. I now share this passion with women and children to help them on their path to positive growth too.
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