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Creating mindfulness: how art can make a difference

Posted on: 01 March 2017 by 50connect editorial

Art can help improve your mental health as well as unleashing your creativity. Read tips from a hospice art tutor for creating mindfulness through artistic expression.

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This March, Marie Curie is calling on people to support the Great Daffodil Appeal so they can care for more people living with a terminal illness, and their families. At the Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford, art tutor Steve Davis has been helping people gain a sense of peace and calm through creativity.

If you’re interested in unleashing your artistic side, or want to try a relaxing new hobby, here are Steve’s top tips to get you started.

The way I approach art with my patients is as a diversion therapy – it’s about letting people forget their illness or their troubles for a moment and getting wrapped up in something relaxing.

Art is for everyone

Art is for everyone – it doesn’t matter if you’ve never really had a chance to indulge your artistic sensibilities before. It’s true that in the art world there can be quite a lot of snobbery, but being creative is about you and your experience.

There are no rules when it comes to colouring! The practice of colouring patterns and shapes is about living in that particular moment. The sensation of being ‘in the zone’ can be very good for you, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Art is a personal journey

There’s never any need to make negative comparisons about your own or other people’s work. Art is a journey. It’s about the emotions and the feeling of slipping into another world.

Try not to use the ‘can’t’ word when it comes to being creative. It’s not that you can’t, it’s just that you might not have had the experience to enable you to do it yet. You might need someone just to give you a few guidelines to start you off.

Marie Curie cares for people living with terminal illness, and their families, offering expert guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left. This March, support the Great Daffodil Appeal to help Marie Curie Nurses be there for more people who need them.

Donate and wear your daffodil.

 

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