Art and Recreation

Following Caz’s post from  InvisiblyMe a couple of weeks ago on Adult Colouring book  I was reminded of when the craze first came out almost three years ago when I first posted about it, though not in this blog and I thought I’d share the benefits of colouring in from an OT point of view which you probably never thought about and also share another one of my picks. Colouring in is is not just for children although if you are a child or have a child it is a great tool for developing fine motor skills prior to writing and colour recognition. Growing up with both of my grandparents as artists, art has always been something which relaxes me and I think this is such a wonderful therapy.

Whether you love it or hate it.

  1. It allows you to wind down and relax, especially if you choose a cool colour palette, encourages creativity and each individual movement of the pencil as you colour can be calming. Does anyone else find the sound of a freshly sharpened pencil against a clean whit paper relaxing?
  2. If you don’t think about it too much, although if you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me, colouring in can be quiete tedious, it  allows you to focus on the present  moment because focusing on the page you are colouring in and the patterns distracts you from other thoughts and promotes concentration.
  3. Colouring in reduces stress and anxiety by allowing the amygdala and hypothalamus to relax. The amygdala is the part in your brain responsible for regulating emotions and the feeling of fear and the stress response.
  4. It  strengthens hand muscles and fine motor skills.
  5. It utilities both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This is particularly good for people living with neurological conditions as you can use colouring in to re-train the brain.
  6. It brings us back to memories of our childhood. Remember the smell of a fresh pack of crayons or sitting in your prep classroom not having to worry of anything?
  7.  You can do it on your own or with friends.  The next time you have an opportunity  to catch up with your friends and you don’t feel like doing something to high key, why not sit back with a warm cup of tea pr chocolate, or if it’s summer a nice cold milkshake or ice drink (with ice cream of course) and colour in. If like me you don’t have many friends don’t worry, you can do it on your own. You can even carry one along with you.
  8. You don’t have to be good at art to enjoy them and once finished them you can use them to decorate a room to brighten it up or tear them out and stick them onto your books etc.

So I did say I’d share my picks which are not already mentioned and here they are.

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  • Colour Me Inspired by Kristina Webb

It contains positive quotes for each day as well as tear out cards you can colour in and give out to people.  Although I can’t seem to find the one I found in the shops three years ago which was a diary for the year with a different picture and positive quote for every day. Speaking of diary’s stay tuned for an upcoming post on the best diary’s for 2019.

You can purchase via this link on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Adult-Coloring-Journal-Inspirational-Quotes/dp/B01E63HED2

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  • I often find myself in the art and craft aisles of $2 shops and so another awesome little colouring book I came across is The Little Book of Colouring In Bloom. Peace in Your Pocket. It’s the perfect pocket size travel colouring in book, making it ideal to carry around with you and has quotes in them like “Smiles can make even the darkest days look brighter.  Be generous with them and “Today and every day, do one small thing that makes you happy, and your happiness will grow every day.”

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  • Jess Volinkski Notebook Doodles

The reason I like this series of colouring in books is because of the quotes. I am a POSITIVE person and I find the quotes in these pages to be uplifting when I’m having a bad day, my favourite one being the one in the picture, Colourful Inspirations. It contains quotes like “Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly” and “We are cups, constantly  and quietly being filled. The tip is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” – Ray Bradbury  I know you will like this one Alyssa.

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  • Birds by Ben Kwok

If you’re a bird lover like me then this one is for you. It contains quotes about birds, flying and wings like “What if I fall. Oh but darling what if I fly”– Erin Hanson, “ If you want to fly you have to give up everything that weighs you down” and  You won’t know your limitations until you soar high and give it a try.”  -Virkrmn

  • And finally Good Vibes Colouring Book by Thaneeya McArdle which I am not allowed to put a picture of in my blog due to Copyright.

Now I’m not sure how to add a poll to my post so for anyone reading this you’ll have to add your answers to the bottom of the page but I’d love to know how many of you have already been doing adult colouring in and find it therapeutic and what are your thoughts on this?

And what other things do you like to  do to relax?

I hope you are able to colour your way through the day.

 

 

October is Lupus Awareness Month

Besides being Dysautonomia Awareness Month, October is also Lupus Awareness month.

For those of you who don’t know what Lupus is, Lupus is an autoimmune condition, autoimmune being a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissue. Lupus can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.                                                                                                                                                      There are three different types of Lupus:

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).
  • Discoid (Cutaneous)  Lupus and
  • Drug-induced Lupus (DIL).

The awareness ribbon colour for Lupus is purple so to raise awareness and show my support for people living with Lupus I decided to decorate my cupcake with purple icing and butterflies because the  symbol for Lupus is a butterfly because of the butterfly like rash (Malar rash) which appears over the bridge of the nose and the cheek and is one of the symptoms of Lupus and I love butterflies. I find cupcake decorating very therapeutic.

I will be making some handmade Lupus Awareness merchandise too in the coming days which will be up for sale on my new website at all-hearts.org/shop/ so please follow me at all-hearts.org and on my Facebook page Allheart Australia if you want to keep up to date.

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Luis and the Aliens

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A couple of weeks ago I went and saw Luis and the Aliens, A funny, family film where an eleven year old boy befriends three aliens.  Now I’m not usually a fan of alien movies as they’re usually boring so at first I wasn’t sure what this movie was going to be about but it’s not the type of movie about freaky, monster like aliens, they’re green little blobs. Luis’ father is something which starts in U and sounds like Urologist but it’s not, it’s the word for studying aliens and he spends all day in his house waiting for the aliens to come to planet Earth and after a neighbour reports Luis’ father for not taking care of him the is going to be taken away but when the aliens crash land their UFO in his garage Luis soon finds out that aliens really exist and things are about to change.

The first thing I enjoyed was when the aliens clicked their fingers and were able to change into human bodies and pretend to be Luis’ father to stop Luis from being taken away from him. Don’t we wish we could all do that? There are some great jokes which I won’t give away, including one about farts and who can forget the nubby dubby. You’ll have to watch the film to see what this nubby dubby is.

Rating:  3.5

Launch of a new website

A couple of weeks ago I posted about choosing a host to go with for my new website. Some of you may have read the news that I decided to go self hosted with Bluehost but on a WordPress plan. And I have some exciting news. My new website is finally up and running. And the name is., drumroll………………… AllheART.
AllheART is is a website about raising awareness for chronic conditiosn through art.  I wanted to create soemthing where I could use my artistic talents to help others and turn my experiences of living with multiple chronic illnesses into something positive. AllheART aims to provide positive experiences for people of all ages living with a chronic condition and/or physical disability so they can be themselves, have fun and forget about their illness for a little while as well as  raise awareness and funds through art.

So if you haven’t visited my website yet please follow me and check it out at https://all-hearts.org/

and follow me on Twitter @ArtAllhe

The follow and like buttons are not yet up and running, I still haev to figure that out but in the meantime you can still follow me by going into your reader, clicking on manage followed sites and copy pasting the link to my website into there and clicking follow. Of course I will still be blogging on Coolncreative from time to time so you can still follow me on there but you might like to see what I’m up to in the art world too.

And if you’re looking for the perfect Christmas pressie, why not visit my new online store at https://all-hearts.org/shop/. If you don’t live in Australia you will have to contact me for shipping costs as the prices which are up include shipping but are for within Australia. Thank you to all of my followers who helped me choose a host to go with and supported me during the process although website makingis a lot more challenging than I thought. Who said it was easy.  I hope you will continue to follow me at all-hearts.org.

Invisible Disability Awareness Week

This week (15-21st October) is Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness to all chronic conditions which you cannot see. In fact 96% of people who live with a chronic illness live with an illness which you cannot see. So with this in mind you may not know that someone you know is in fact living with a chronic condition and is in fact struggling because it is not visible and looking at them they look the same as everyone else on the outside. People living with these conditions may not be in a wheelchair but they experience other symptoms which have a significant impact on their quality of life such as fatigue and brain fog. So the next time you meet someone with a chronic illness the number one thing to remember is NEVER ever say “but you don’t look sick” or “I hope you get better soon.”  Instead support them but asking them how they’re going or how they’re feeling that day,allow them to vent to you if they need and take the time to listen without being judgmental and making comments when you don’t know what it’s like to live with the condition.                                                                       Don’t try to think you know what it’s like to live with their condition if you don;t have it but show your support by saying things like “that must be really hard to live with”, I wish I could do something to help you”, ” I wish I could understand what it’s like to live with your condition but I don’t have it so I can’t but I will try to as much as I can and offer to help them out by asking if there is anything you can do to make thing easier for them. I know over the past few weeks I have had comment on blog posts saying that you are keeping me in your thoughts and prayers and although you may not be able to help me it’s the thought that counts, just knowing someone cares and is thinking about me.  I have shared a picture on 10 things to say to someone with an invisible illness from kalaidoscopefightinglupus .org.

Dysautonomia is just one of the many invisible illnesses. To read more about Dysautonomia and how you can support those living with this condition check out my previous posts, links are below.

https://coolncreative.wordpress.com/2018/09/30/five-facts-about-dysautonomia/

https://coolncreative.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/how-you-can-support-people-living-with-dysautonomia-and-help-raise-awareness/

You might ask, what disabilities are invisible and what exactly is an invisible disability? Basically an invisible illness is a disability that is not immediately apparent. Well there is a whole list besides Dysautonomia I wouldn’t be able to fit them all on here but just some of the many invisible disabilities include:

  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS and Neurally Mediated Hypotension) which are forms of Dysautonomia.
  • Migraines
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromylagia and chronic pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
  • Many autoimmune conditions including Lupus, which it is also awareness month for, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Undifferentiated or Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Coeliac Disease and Crohn’s Disease.
  • Endometriosis
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS),  just to name a few. If you know of any others feel free to add them to the list.

National Poetry Day

4th of October is National Poetry Day! I’m not much of a poet myself but I know many of my fellow bloggers out there write beautiful poems too so I’d like to shout out to Rose Elaine (roseelaine’s blog), Simplywendi from simplychronicallyill and Vivian from God’s whisperer’s of truth so I thought I’d make a mention. Today also happens to be  Maya Angelou’s birthday which is coincidental with craftschronicillnessand crafting also sharing one of her quotes on their blog so I thought I’d share another one of my favourite quotes which Alyssa from Fightmsdaily has previously shared to celebrate.                           Happy National Poetry Day!

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Choosing a host to go with

As some of you may already be aware I am in the process of hopefully creating a new website.Now the thing that is stressing me out is what host to go with and what domain name to choose. So many options. I am currently with WordPress and don’t really want to leave as I have met so many wonderful bloggers this year and I want you all to continue to follow me but I am unsure of whether to stay under the same name or create a new website all together. If I keep the same name everyone who already follows me will still be able to see my new posts and continue following me but I will lose all of my likes 😦 and may also lose all my comments (hopefully not). If I make the decision to be self hosted I have been recommended Blue host but I’m not sure how I bring a domain name with me since I live in Australia and therefore the website will be either .org.au or .com.au  The new website will be art based. So do I keep my old name or go with a new one? Stay with WordPress and upgrade thsi website to a paid plan or switch over to Bluehost. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Five fast facts about Dysautonomia

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October is Dysautonomia Awareness month. I wanted to do a post to raise awareness so I thought I’d share with you all five fast facts about Dysautonomia.

  1. Dysauto what? Dis-oughta’-know-me-uh. For those of you who have never heard of it, Dysautonomia is the medical term for  a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS)or autonomic dysfunction.
  2. Dysautonomia can impact many different organs, resulting in many different symptoms and can impact the whole body.  Think about all of the things your ANS is responsible for. Breathing, regulating heart rate,  regulating body temperature, going to the toilet. the list goes on.Dysautonomia can impact the whole body
  3. Symptoms may include tachycardia, bradycardia, hypotension or hypertension, dizzy spells, orthostatic intolerance (symptoms which occur when standing up), inability to regulate body temperature , nausea, vomiting, incontinence, a dry mouth, dry eyes and even brain fog.
  4. There are many different types of Dysautonomia including ; Neaurally Mediated Hypotension(NMH), Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), MSA (Mu;tiple System Atrophy), Familial Dysautonomia (FD), Autoimmune Autonomic Ganglionopathy (AAG) and Pandysautonomia (Pandys).
  5. The international awareness colour for Dysautonomia is turquoise.

If you haven’t read my previous post from last year on how you can show your support people living with Dysautonomia and help  raise awareness  you can read it here.

https://coolncreative.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/how-you-can-support-people-living-with-dysautonomia-and-help-raise-awareness/

I would love it if every one of you who reads this post takes a step towards raising awareness by wearing a turquoise coloured ribbon and sharing these posts on social media.

 

 

 

International Coffee Day

Yesterday was World heart Day and today is International Coffee Day. There seems to be a day for pretty much anything in the world but for all you coffee lovers out there, today is International Coffee Day. Started only three years ago in 2015, it is a day to promote and celebrate coffee.

I thought I’d share a photo of a coffee I had the other day which had a heart in it. I always marvel at coffee art and how baristas manage to get pictures in their coffees. I’ve seen some pretty amazing designs over the years on the internet and on TV but I have never actually purchased one with coffee art so when the coffee came to the table with a heart in it I got a bit excited.  While I can’t drink a lot of coffee I think that coffee brings people together as people often catch up and go out for a coffee.

I’d love to know, what is your favourite coffee? Mine is mocha, although technically that’s not exactly a full coffee and chai latte and how do you like your coffee, black, no sugar, latte?

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So to all you coffee lovers out there, go and enjoy a warm cup of coffee and Happy International Coffee Day!

Today is World Heart Day

Today (29th September) is World Heart Day. I know this is not exactly creative but I would like to share some simple things you can do not just on world heart day but everyday to look after your heart.

For those of you who don’t know, World Heart Day is an international day where everyone is invited and encouraged to make a promise to live a healthier lifestyle to prevent heart disease.

1.Eat healthy. Try to eat fruit and vegetables every day, cut down on excessive salt, that means not adding extra salt to your food and eat less sugary foods and remember to drink water rather than sweet, sugary drinks. Why not try cooking your own healthy meal. That will tick of number 1 and number 4 from this list.

2. Be active. Just 30 minutes of physical activity day has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease. it doesn’t have to be intense, vigorous activity like running or climbing stairs (I know I can’t do either of those things), but walking is actually the best way to look after your heart.

3. QUIT smoking. This one is only for if you are a smoker. Smoking just one cigarette per day doubles your risk of heart disease.

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4. Remember to look after your whole body. Yes, that means not just your physical health but your mental health as well. Make sure you take time out of your day to participate in at least one leisure activity whether it be reading a book before bed, going for a walk, doing some colouring in or listening to music.

What do you do to look after your heart?

For more information and ways you can look after your heart visit https://www.world-heart-federation.org/world-heart-day/look-after-your-heart/

Happy World Heart Day everyone!

New Mad Mattr dough

It’s like a combination of Kinetic sand and play dough except it doesn’t make as much of a mess as play dough as it’s not as sticky and it isn’t as soft as Kinetic sand so you can actually mould things from it. Available in six different colours; red, pink, purple, blue, green and teal you can squeeze it, stick your finger through it and watch it fall apart (crumble), pull it,  stretch it, mould it into shapes, use it to build things, mix colours together or even flatten it out and cut out shapes from it like play dough.  It’s very therapeutic and one of those children’s products that is heaps of fun even for adults.

Some of the many things Mad Mattr can be used for include:

  • Mad Mattr can be used as a fun way to strengthen hand muscles, fingers and wrists.
  • Promotes development of fine motor skills.
  • Provides sensory exploration.
  • Can be used for relaxtion.
  • Encourages creativity and imagination.
  • Promotes cognition when used to build and create things.

Check out this video at Relevant Play! http://www.relevantplay.com/MadMattr/

Image and videos from Relevant play (2018). [Website], Retrieved from http://www.relevantplay.com/MadMattr/