Mindful of Drawing

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Abstract

Mindful of Drawing: Abstract
The aim of this poster is to share initial feedback and findings from the evaluation of a research project with COPD respiratory patients (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). The patients were given one afternoon per week to attend RIPPLE club, where they could not only speak to similar sufferers and make friends, but they gained support and treatment from their GP and specialist respiratory nurses in a social environment without having to attend clinics. Some 30-40 acutely ill and isolated patients kept returning and reporting an increasing positive upturn in their mental wellbeing as well as improving the self-management of their condition. Part of the extended social activities arranged for the respiratory group were Mindfulness, Breathing techniques, Bingo, Quizzes and Drawing and Colouring.

Mindfulness and Drawing allows time to let the mind and pencil wander, to focus on the moment, just being here and now, not worrying or concerned with what is before or after. To improve concentration and appreciation of your present self and surroundings. A new way of seeing the world which also feeds into the drawing activities.

Mindfulness is practiced as an accepted form of treating stress and long term health issues. Collaborative drawing and art activities, amongst other group activities on offer, provide a very low cost model with benefits which go beyond the initial treatment intended for these COPD sufferers. The increased peer support, self-confidence and sense of group shows an improvement in quality of life and sense of wellbeing, with an improved outlook for dealing with their condition day-to-day.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 12 Dec 2017
EventDrawing Conversations - Coventry, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Dec 20154 Dec 2015

Conference

ConferenceDrawing Conversations
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCoventry
Period4/12/154/12/15

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    Monkhouse, J. (2017). Mindful of Drawing. Poster session presented at Drawing Conversations, Coventry, United Kingdom.