Art therapy

art therapy
noun
  1. a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modelling, used as a remedial or diagnostic activity.

I love art therapy! I actually love anything that is considered creative.

Sounds silly? Well it is a very important for all ages – especially the elderly.

  1. Art therapy can positively improve a person’s mood.
    The elderly sometimes feel frustrated by their loss of mobility, hearing, or the physical changes due to the aging process. Taking time to do some art therapy can relieve the feelings of anxiety and stress.
  2. Art therapy can be a new form of expression for the elderly with difficulty in verbal communication or for those who have difficulty in writing. Those with memory loss will also benefit from art therapy. Art allows for a new way of communication and expression.  It opens up a whole new world for the elderly with limitations.
  3. Art therapy can reduce the feelings of depression.
  4. Art therapy has been known to assist in encouraging socialization in the elderly. It is hard to think of topics to talk about if you are not learning anything new, if you can’t read or even speak. Art therapy makes opportunities for talking and discussions.
  5. Art therapy gives the person a increased feeling of self – esteem. They are proud of their latest creation. People will admire and discuss the latest handiwork.
  6. And lastly, art therapy will reduce the feelings of boredom. It will help the day to pass in a short time. Sitting all day and looking at the 4 walls of the room can really be boring and depressing. I can say from the experience of being in hospital a lot of my childhood, the walls can start to feel like they are getting closer and closer. It is not a pleasant feeling. Don’t forget to display the finished project in the best possible way. It can be on the wall, on a bed or couch, or even hung up to move in the breeze from an open window. Please make sure that the art is visible to the creator.

The types of art therapy:

  • painting
  • line drawing
  • collages
  • pastels
  • chalk
  • stenciling

Art therapy can also benefit you as the primary caregiver. It gives you time to connect to your creative side. And art therapy can help relieve the stress that caregiving brings.  And you don’t need to be highly gifted to participate in art therapy. If I may, I strongly believe that if you can paint or draw lines, you are creative. There is no manual to creativity. Give it a try, you are creative in your way.

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Tissue Salt no.6

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Tissue salt no.6: Kali. Phos. (Kalium Phosphate)

This tissue salt is characterized by the functions: brain and nerve tonic. It specializes in the nervous system’s health.

It is perfect for assisting:

  • Nervous exhaustion
  • Nervous indigestion
  • Nervous headaches
  • ADHD
  • Insomnia
  • Exam stress
  • Poor memory
  • Exhaustion
  • Age related memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Grief
  • Halitosis
  • And even – Foul-smelling sweat or secretion
  • Nervous asthma
  • Chronic asthma
  • Eases painful periods
  • Gangrene

You can read more about this Tissue Salt in the Tissue Salts for healthy Living by Margaret Roberts.

Information in this article obtained from the following sources:

https://allisone.co.za

Tissue salt for Healthy Living by Margaret Roberts

 

 

 

Origami

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I am on my 3rd hobby and it’s benefits…

Origami!

What is Origami? Well, it is a creative paper folding craft that allows a person to make all sorts of shapes, figures, animals and more just out of paper.

  1. Promotes relaxation and this helps those who suffer from depression and anxiety.
  2. Origami is fun and creative.
  3. Origami has been known to benefit those who have had hand surgery or injury. The movements needed to fold the paper are the right type of exercises needed to strengthen the hand muscles.
  4. Origami boosts low self esteem and it is beneficial for those who suffer from ADHD and autism.

So why not give origami a try? You can make wonderful models from simple pieces of paper.

Pottery and Our Health

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Today is all about the benefits of pottery for our wellbeing.

  1. Pottery is creative: There are physical and mental benefits to pottery. Pottery allows you to express yourself by what you create with the clay. And as an added bonus, you end up making something for yourself and this gives you a sense of self achievement.
  2. Pottery provides outlets: Pottery has been known to provide a person with outlets for grief and spontaneity. It allows you to find self-identification and self-expression. It also boosts self-esteem and confidence.
  3. Reduce stress: Pottery keeps the hands busy and the sense of touch is important. The need for focus is high and this keeps the mind busy so that outside distractions are ignored and this in turn reduces stress, and anxiety.
  4. Pottery and focus: pottery improves your focus. The important need to be focused on your creation, helps the brain to keep focused on one thing and this helps the mind to relax and expand aiding in future ability to focus on one activity at a time.
  5. Pottery and pain: Pottery helps to reduce stress which is usually cause for pain.
  6. Arm to finger exercise: The movement needed to create with clay strengthens the arms, wrists and hands. It is usually a gentle, fluid and calm movement and the movement has been known to benefit those suffering with arthritis in the hands.
  7. Improve life quality: Just like all hobbies and crafts, pottery is important in boosting self-esteem, self-exploration and self-worth.

 

Tissue Salt no. 5

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It’s time for our next tissue salt…Kali mur. – Kalium Muriaticum

This tissue salt is a decongestant, a second stage inflammation reduce and a waste eliminator.

I need to add that I always used this when I got a cold and my nose and sinuses became very congested. It worked like a bomb. It’s more effective than pharmaceutical decongestants and without the side affects.

When you have the flu, your nose is all congested and there is a thick mucus discharge, your throat is sore, your eyes are having a discharge, your tonsils are swollen with pustules or you are experiencing crackling noises in the ears then Kali Mur is for you.

If you are experiencing heartburn, burping, take 2 tablets 3 to 4 times a day.

Kali mur. aids the skeletal system and the joints in numerous ways. If you are experiencing backache, shoulder pains, stiffness and arthritis pains take Kali mur. to sooth the pain.

Information taken from:
Tissue Salts for healthy living by Margaret Roberts
https://allisone.co.za

Laughter is a Medicine

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I love the sound of people laughing and being happy. I can’t go through my day without laughter. Laughter is the best medicine in the world for the human body and the best thing about it is that it’s free. The human body cannot distinguish between a real laugh or a fake laugh. Laughter stimulates the motor region of our brain to become active and that produces the physical reaction – the sound of laughing.

Laughter has many health benefits:

Laughter boosts our heart rate.

Laughter boosts the production of certain antibodies that are responsible for boosting our immune systems.

Laughter reduces stress hormones – cortisol and epinephrine

Laughter releases endorphines which are responsible for relieving the body of physical pain.

Laughter protects the human heart by improving the function of the blood vessels and increasing the  blood flow. This will lower your risk of a heart attack and other heart problems.

Laughter can burn unwanted calories. 13 minutes of laughter burns around 40 calories.

Laughter can calm anger. It is the hardest benefit of laughter as one needs to laugh when they feel angry and that is not easy. Great news about the human body: it can’t distinguish between a real or fake laugh. So when you feel angry, fake laugh and you will start laughing for real and the anger will subside.

Laughter is great medicine for cancer victims. It has been noted that those suffering with cancer who laugh are able to cope better with pain and it provides them with a better sense of wellbeing.

 

Resourses:
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/laughter-is-the-best-medicine.htm
https://www.medicalbag.com/lifestyle/laughter-therapy-shown-to-boost-immune-function-in-cancer-patients/article/472627/
https://www.sciencealert.com/watch-here-s-what-happens-to-you-brain-when-you-laugh

 

 

Basic Lifting Advice

All of us have to at one time or another needed to lift or transfer a person. Whether we have had to move a person up in the bed, transfer from the bed to a chair, we are going to need to lift the weight. Don’t lift alone if it can be helped. But sometimes we do need to lift and we are alone. I am going to give you some tips on how to lift in the correct way and not hurt yourself.

First things: If the person is very heavy, being uncooperative or in a difficult position, don’t try to lift alone. Ask a neighbour to help or a friend.

Right, let us start on the lifting techniques:

Always lift with your knees.

Don’t bend at the waist.

Don’t ever twist your spine when lifting or carrying a person.

Your feet need to be kept shoulder width apart.

The leg muscles are the best muscles to use when lifting or pulling.

Keep the person who is being lifted close to your body.

How do you sit a lying person up in bed? Let me explain:

Bend the knees of the laying person. Place the crook of your arm in the armpit of the person you are wanting to lift. With the other hand, support behind the head. Let the person hold onto your arm and then slowly sit the person up and pop a pillow in behind the back and neck.

How do you transfer a person from the bed to the chair?

Sit the person on the edge of the bed so that their feet are flat on the floor. Place your one knee in between the knees of the person you are wanting to lift, and you other knee on the outside of the knees of the person you are lifting (it will be 1 your knee, 1 patient knee, 1 your knee and then 1 patient knee). Ask the elderly person to hold you around your neck with both of his/her hands. You need to hold the elderly person around the waist and interlock your fingers at their back. Remember not to twist your spine! Bend at the knees and lift the person up and slowly swing them until they are directly in front of the chair they are going to sit on. Slowly let the person sit down.

There are a few equipment that will make lifting and transfers easier for you. And some can be found in the house.

Transfer boards – a board that is smooth, thinner wood and has a grip on the ends. This board allows you to slid a person from one piece of furniture to another with minimal lifting.

Lifting/transfer belt – this belt takes the weight of the person being lifted, off your body.

Hoists are a little pricey, but these aid in lifting a person from almost any position and it can also be useful with bathing a lame person.