This #wheelofwellness is an easy 5-a-day mantra:
a means of staying well, whilst staying at home.
This wheel has been created to use as a tool to explore how to remain in good emotional health, whilst enduring this present pandemic. It is a 5-a-day method of keeping you sane. Each segment is easy to do than you think and it will enhance your life beyond the end of lockdown.
The MANTRA is remembered through the mnemonic CALMS:
CARE: Connecting and caring for you, yours and your environment even if physical touch is out of reach. This includes taking pride in helping others, home crafts and simple tasks, eg: gardening, cooking etc.
ARTS: including all fine and applied arts, performance arts and crafts, professional or hobbies.
LEARNING: includes developing your skills or planning for a new future with online classes, reading, writing and learning. Writing can be cathartic.
MUSIC: includes listening and taking part, singing and playing.
SPORTS: includes indoor and outdoor physical exercise. Yoga, running, walking and dancing can help with mindful meditative approaches.
All of the above can be carried out in a mindful, meditative or loving fashion, hence the heart at the centre. This is because these actions are all much better done as part of a collective group, team, band, choir, etc. At this difficult time we none of us are able to do that unless we do it online, which is not quite the same. This is why I am sharing the way in which I have been using this research over a period of years now. I feel it is a crucial moment for others to make it work for them even in isolation. I want to share what I have learnt through research and experience. Over the coming weeks we all need extra toolkits for maintenance of mental wellbeing.
“This mantra could help us structure our days and cope over the next months within our own homes. This CALMS our minds, it is important to use this simple tool regularly when struggling. An element of each aspect every day is a means to a sane approach, even helps to reduce obsessions and addictions.” M. Toner-Edgar.
It is from a research project applied to the community after being presented at the 8thWorld Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental Disorders Imperial College, London.
Maggi is a designer and maker-in-residence with the Fibre Company and a voluntary Director at West Cumbrian Arts, a branch of the Eden Valley Artistic Network. Previously she was Principal Lecturer of the MA and BA Honours Contemporary Applied Arts at the University of Cumbria and Senior Lecturer at UCLan.
More information can be found on-line at https://evanevents.co.uk or you can contact Dr M. Toner-Edgar, through this blog.