How we chose our workshop topics

Our workshops are coming up next weekend so we figured it was about time we told you why we decided to choose five topics in particular. 

First, we started with research, lots of research. This research helped us find which things were found to be most effective and which things didn’t really have a lasting impact. Based on our research, we narrowed it down to five topics.

Those topics are:

  • mindfulness

  • expressive art

  • music

  • yoga

  • nutrition

Each of these things can have longer lasting impacts when your introduce them into your life and continue to practice them regularly. Now, we’ll talk about each topic on it’s own.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the first portion of our workshops because self-care is all about noticing the emotions and sensations in your body so you can know when you need to do something to take care of yourself. Mindfulness is all about being present and non-judgemental about

Our instructor, Mario, will teach you the thought processes in mindfulness and how you can scan your body and mind to check in with how you’re doing. 

Expressive Art

Expressive Art is a form of Art Therapy but expressive art includes all forms of art, including drawing painting, movement, dancing, music, feeling sensations and more.

One of our instructors, Eli, says that in expressive art there is no judgement and you are left to interpret the piece on your own and that it isn’t about creating pretty pictures, it’s about finding those emotions and determining what can help you feel better. Expressive art takes many forms and can bring out many emotions in different people while helping as a tool to practice self-care.

Music

Music is something that is around the world since different cultures practice music in different ways. Connecting with music, like expressive art, can also bring out a lot of strong emotions and can help with improving your wellbeing. Music can be used in many ways from listening and interpreting to creating music of your own.

Our instructor, Rachel, will teach you how incorporating music in your life in different ways can have a positive impact on your wellbeing and routine of self-care. 

Yoga

Yoga has been practiced in many forms for many years and it can be a very healing and restorative experience. Yoga can be used as a form of self-care because there is a big focus on and paying attention your body and how you are feeling during the practice.  

Our instructor, Richelle, founded Bloom Yoga - which is a yoga community focused on trauma centred healing - and she will be teaching you some different forms of yoga and the different ways you can incorporate it into your life.  

Nutrition

Nutrition is the foundation of wellbeing for the body and mind. What you eat affects everything in your body and affects how your mind functions.  

Our instructor, Alaina, will teach you what things are good to put into your body, what things to avoid or have in moderation and she’ll help you figure out what are the best foods for you personally based on your tastes. 

 

There are many, many forms of self-care and while these are just five of them, they encompass many different areas that you can learn to incorporate into your own life. 

We hope to see you at the workshops!  If you have any questions please reach out and let us know, we’d be happy to answer them.

(P.s. Dont forget to claim your ticket on our Eventbrite page!) 



Sources researched:

“Artistic tasks outperform non artistic tasks for stress reduction” Abbott et al. Journal of the American art therapy 2013

Andrea N. Kwasky and Mary L. Serowoky, “Yoga to Enhance Self Efficacy: An Intervention for At-risk Youth,” Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 32, 1, (82), (2018).

“Mindfulness based stress reduction for academic evaluation anxiety: a naturalistic longitudinal study,” Dundas et al. 2016 Journal of college student psycho therapy

Amy Accardo “Yoga as a School-Wide Positive Behavior Support,” Childhood Education, 93(2):109-113, March 2017.

Fellner, K. (2010). Mindfulness and mental health: Self-care for the student.Psynopsis: Canada’s Psychology Newspaper, 32(1), 34.

Jennifer P