12-18 June 2017
Festival creative challenge – reimagining the To Do list
About the event
@LAHFArtsHealth & @64M_Artists #CreativityandWellbeing
Last year, 12 million working days were lost to work related stress, anxiety and depression and increasingly employers are looking to innovative ways to support staff. However, only limited efforts have been made to explore the impact of creativity and culture on supporting and caring for the workforce.
We are partnering with culture organisation 64 Million Artists to develop a creative challenge to get people talking about creativity’s potential to tackle workplace stress and enable working age adults to make time for their wellbeing. Take part in our festival creative challenge, become part of an online community and network with others, making sure that health and happiness get a rightful place on your To Do list.
About the creative challenge: To Do lists are often filled with our most urgent and pressing tasks, the jobs that we prioritise and think are the most important things to get done. Why is it then that things to enhance our health and wellbeing rarely make it onto our lists? Working long hours with a seemingly never-ending schedule of duties, it’s easy to find ourselves neglecting our emotional and physical wellbeing, even though we may recognise it has an effect on the quality of our lives. It’s time to de-stress, reclaim your time, and remember the things that put a smile on your face.
Send us photos of your completed creative challenge via the Twitter hashtag #CreativityandWellbeing and we will retweet our favourites in this online event.
Do: make a To Do list with a difference and write something that you’d like to include that never makes it onto your official list. Perhaps you’d like to learn a musical instrument, take a long walk in the countryside, enjoy a sunny seaside holiday, cook a meal for friends you haven’t seen in ages, learn how to craft your own jewellery, knit a scarf or decoupage a piece of old furniture, take a dance class, join that local amateur dramatics group or community choir. Allow yourself 5 minutes to consider the possibilities for your reimagined To Do list. It could be as simple as having a lie in at the weekend to read the latest Pulitzer Prize-winning novel or sitting down to relax with a freshly squeezed juice from the place that you’ve always wanted to try – anything that puts your health and happiness first and makes you feel good.
If you have more time … Add some imagery to your words with collage or drawing. When you’ve created your reimagined To Do list, put it somewhere you will see it as a positive reminder to practice self-care.
Think: How did it feel to create a To Do list purely for you? When was the last time you prioritised your own health and are there some things in your normal To Do list that you could rearrange to make time for wellbeing? What type of activities did you want to do and how do you think they might shape your quality of life?
Share: How does your new To Do list compare to those of your colleagues? Do you share any similar ideas and are there any common themes emerging? Could you team up with your colleagues to make time for something on your list.
64 Million Artists aims to unlock the power of creativity in everyone. They use a methodology they call Do, Think, Share to get people out of their usual routines and trying something new, regardless of age, background or ability. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about trying something out and just having a go, reminding ourselves that we are all creative. They work with workplaces, schools, colleges, communities and individuals online and round the world. To find out more about what they do go to www.64millionartists.com