The Coping Kete

No. 54: Paint

This week, to attain, maintain or regain my sense of wellbeing…

I will practice painting something on a piece of paper, wood, cloth or canvas to shift the moment. It doesn’t matter what I paint, I will focus my attention on the sound of the brush on the surface and allow myself to get lost in the brush-strokes.  I could simply colour in the surface, paint how I feel or try to copy something that is around me. Painting is great because I can start it and then come back to it later. When things get stressful or distressing, I can return to the artwork and add to it or I can start a new one if I am feeling completely different.

This will give me some brief valuable ‘me’ time in my day where I can distract myself from what’s going in my day or a moment. This gives my unconscious mind a bit of a rest and sets me up for a moment of safety.

I could get a few tubes of acrylic paint for a few dollars each from my local stationary shop. Some emporium style shops have a great range of really cheap paints, brushes, papers and canvases – but really, I can paint on anything. If I keep in mind that I can do a lot with just one colour and I’ll be able to get started almost straight away.

Once I am used to taking a few moments to paint in my everyday life, I will add it to my Personal Coping Kete as a way of shifting or expressing moments of stress and distress.

This week’s strategy comes from a participant at today’s RCNet Monthly Forum. We’ve fleshed it out a bit. 

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