This #wheelofwellness is an easy 5-a-day mantra:
a means of staying well, whilst staying at home.
This wheel above 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:
Connecting and caring for you, yours and your environment even if physical touch is out of reach.
Including all fine and applied arts and crafts.
Includes reading, writing and learning.
Includes listening and taking part.
Includes indoor and outdoor physical exercise.
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.
Quote: Dr Maggi Toner-Edgar says that “This mantra is part of the answer to how we could cope over the next few weeks and months within our own homes. This CALMS our minds, it is important to get this simple tool out in the public domain to use it regularly when struggling.”
It is from a research project applied to the community after being presented at the 8th World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental Disorders Imperial College, London.
Maggi is an 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 www.toneredgar.com
Dr M. Toner-Edgar, 4 Challoner Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9QS