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So, What's Next? Creating a New Normal

So, What's Next? Creating a New Normal
Since I last posted in April, most of us are gratefully acknowledging that Australia has done well in minimising harm from the coronavirus pandemic, compared to many other countries. But as we slowly emerge from our social isolation, and still try to maintain physical distancing, we should be very aware that returning to 'normal life' is going to take a long time.

Happy New Year, and the (Creative) Value of 'Making a Mess'!

Mess by Keri Smith
This lovely book, by Keri Smith, celebrates mess, mistakes and imperfections. In other words, real life. Smith suggests a range of art activities to be done in the book, which will probably turn out to be rather less than perfect...even the cover is a bit of a mess, with crossings-out, a patch of white-out and rewritten parts, so it looks rather like a bad homework assignment...

Anxiety management in stressful times - and how to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank...

Anxiety management in stressful times - and how to enjoy the holidays without breaking the bank...
Its no coincidence that I am writing about anxiety in December, just a couple of weeks before our biggest holiday of the year. It is weirdly also the time we can feel most stressed, even when we are looking forward to time out with family and friends. Not everyone enjoys the lead up to the break, with parents in particular feeling the strain. There may be planning, shopping, organising, cleaning and present-wrapping to be done. So much to do, so little time. There is also added financial stress, with extra food and presents to buy, and expectations of having a perfect holiday can add to the strain...

Hard science about soft pastels! And slowing down...

In this recent post by American art therapist Cathy Malchiodi, we learn that there is some evidence to suggest that certain art materials can produce specific beneficial effects - something art therapists have believed for a long time, but we have not been able to scientifically 'prove' it until now.