Our daily top tip, kindly supplied by artist Clare Gravenell is about trying to switch off from the news or limiting to when you feel up to it, plus a tip from Outside In re tri-weekly drawing classes with London Drawing. We hope everyone is staying safe, calm and creative.
Try to switch off from the news …
It’s important to keep a check on the news with what’s going on locally and in the UK but reading news or watching it for long periods of time can be detrimental to your well-being and mental health. It can cause you to experience fear, panic, anxiety and depression which in the long run can have a negative effect on your physical and mental well-being. It’s important right now to give your mind and body the best conditions for good health as well as the staying at home and social distancing measures.
Again moderation is the key, be mindful that looking at the news first thing or last thing at night could have a massive effect on your whole day or nights’ sleep. Best to engage with the news when you feel in a good space and avoid the news if you’re not. News updates on your phone can trigger your body and mind into shock. I would advise to switch off these updates that are automatic in some phones, so again it’s about choosing when is best to look at the news. There are many helplines available at this time if you are experiencing any mental health problems linked to COVID-19 virus ( Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/) and it’s vital that you get help and support to manage them.
Outside In cultural and creative tip : London Drawing are running three different workshops per week, pay what you can: http://londondrawing.com/online-creative-sessions/