If your brain thinks that you’re in danger or at risk again, or you have a flashback, the back part of your brain, your amygdala takes over.
Sometimes doing creative things can help your front brain, which is the rational thinking, information centre of your brain to come back ‘online’ again. By doing this you can feel more in control and bring yourself away from the crisis or the brink of one.
Creativity can soothe you if you have been triggered and reduce how much your amygdala, your panicky, distressed response, is in charge. It can also increase your positive emotions and your sense of control.
Here we will share resources in order for you to create something, enjoy the process and be in the moment if you feel distressed. Enjoy!
Naomi was one of our social media volunteers. She designed some drawings for you to download and colour in. This is what she told us about her art and what it means to her.
“Just before we were all put in lockdown (during the coronavirus pandemic) I had taken the decision to help in some way during this difficult time.
I’m in my home most of the time due to being a carer, so I knew that my creativity was the only thing that I could share and perhaps bring a smile to people’s lives. Motivating myself to create something each day has helped with my own well-being, as it has done over many years. I hope that colouring in my creations helps with your wellbeing too.
I want my creativity to be something that I can share and bring a smile to people’s lives especially during difficult times.”
So here’s some pictures for you to colour in. Just click on the images to download them.
Fancy something else which doesn’t involve colouring in? Try creating these Pom Poms instead. Thanks to our past social media Fran who shared this and who also loves creating things, especially through crocheting, to help her ‘be’ in the moment.