This week Norfolk is celebrating Norfolk Creativity and Wellbeing Week (15 – 21 May), celebrating the power of creativity and culture to improve our health and wellbeing.
Norwich Theatre, provides a range of creative experiences to bring communities and like-minded people together so people can share in the joy that creativity can bring. For its staff Norwich Theatre will be holding a range of activities to promote wellbeing in the workplace including a staff picnic, kayaking, drawing and exploring and even beekeeping!
During the month of May Norwich Theatre is using art to de-stress with its Unwind series. Unwind with Art helps you wind down from life’s daily stress with creativity and is perfectly timed to help attendees decompress after a hard working day and help them engage in active relaxation.
Taking a little time to relax and unwind is absolutely essential to health and wellbeing. By opting for a creative endeavor, you are not only opting to relax actively but explore your emotions as well.
As a nation, we are stressed: a survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Rose Feather the Unwind with Art practitioner said: “Using creativity helps switch off that busy bit in your brain and helps you focus and be a bit mindful. Focusing on just the colour or the lines of the art you are creating can help switch those thoughts off.”
Unwind with Art started on 4 May and runs for five weeks from 6pm for an hour. Other workshops in the Unwind series include Unwind with Words and Unwind with Movement sessions from 8 Jun for five weeks. Each block of five weeks costs £40. All three workshops will be inclusive and relaxed spaces for anyone interested in unwinding after work and curiosity for creativity as a tool to do so.