It’s Mental Health Awareness week, and if you’re a teacher, you’ll know how important it is for pupils to look after their mental health. But what about your own? A new study and a ‘feel good’ test could give you useful insights into how your own creativity is already helping your wellbeing, and could further improve your ability to cope.
Are you a closet knitter, an occasional doodler, or a shower-room soprano? The new study of 50,000 people has found that even minimal creative activity boosts wellbeing, helping people to manage emotions, build confidence and explore solutions to problems.
As a teacher, you’ll have your own coping strategies for stressful times. This research study and the test that goes with it, provides some useful insights into how you may already be using creativity for your own wellbeing – and how you could use it more. It’s also helping scientists at University College London and the Open University to find out more.
Read Even minimal creative activity boosts wellbeing, research finds in Arts Professional.
Take the online ‘Feel Good’ test to get personalised recommendations and take part in the scientific study.
Whether you’re a teacher looking for a creative person to share skills and inspiration with your pupils … or a creative person looking for teachers and pupils who can benefit from your input: make sure to CREATE as well as SEARCH for opportunities on the Opportunities section of the A2:Connect website.