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Recharge your batteries with LU Arts’ Self-Care Sundays

12 October 2020

4 mins

This term, LU Arts is launching Self-Care Sundays to help you take some time out for yourself and recharge your batteries ready for the start of a new week. The workshops combine creative skills and mindfulness techniques and practices.

Creative workshops are a great way to de-stress. Arts Council England has shown through their research that the arts can have a positive impact on mental health and can even help reduce loneliness and isolation. They are also a great way to learn a new skill and maybe discover a new hobby.

This term’s workshops cover meditation, sound healing, baking, yoga and drawing and they are all suitable for complete beginners, so you don’t need to have any prior experience.

Many of the workshops will be run by members of the University community, with a mixture of current students, recent graduates and student societies already set to take part.

Speaking of this new initiative, Director of LU Arts Nick Slater said:

“Our programme of holistic and arts activities are the perfect way to wind down your Sundays and prepare for the busy week ahead.”

The programme for this term is below.

18 October, 4pmAn introduction to self-care and meditationExploring self-care through emotional, physical, social and spiritual practices. This workshop will enable you to create a self-care routine tailored to you and your needs, concluding with a guide on meditation. Yasmin Nwofor
25 October, 4pmRelax n Bake with Cook n BakeJoin Ellie from Loughborough’s Cook ‘n’ Bake society, who as part of this workshop will help you make two simple bakes – butter biscuits (which are deliciously easy!) and some extra naughty chocolate muffins. These recipes are super easy so whether you’re experienced in the kitchen or a beginner these will make your Sunday tasty! Cook n Bake Society
15 November, 4pmSound healingA sound healing journey using a variety of instruments such as tuning forks, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, gongs, and drum to entrain the parasympathetic nervous system, inducing a state of deep relaxation.Felicia Job
29 November, 4pmSelf-care YogaBegin to learn tools to help manage stress and anxiety, and simply take some much-needed time out in this self-care yoga session. Isabella will introduce you to breathing techniques and ways of moving that will calm the body and mind, finishing with a compassionate relaxation/meditation leaving you feeling restored and revitalised for the week ahead. Suitable for all levels and bodies.Isabella Holder
13 December, 4pmSalt dough modellingArtist Grace Stones will show you how to create fun shapes out of salt dough to decorate and use within your home! Throughout this live workshop you will be asked to use different mindfulness techniques, to create unique and personal pieces.Grace Stones

You may need some simple materials to hand for some of the workshops so check out the individual event pages for further details.

All of the events are free and are open to anyone from the Loughborough University community. You do not need to book in advance, but email notifications with details of how to access the live stream of the workshop will be sent out to all those who do book. Otherwise, check the event pages nearer the time for details.

All of the events will be streamed live to the LU Arts Facebook page but some of the workshops will take place via Zoom, and will be live streamed to Facebook from there. For these workshops you can book a place so that you can login to Zoom to take part if you wish to. This will give you more opportunities to interact with the workshop leader during the session.

To find out more about LU Arts, please visit our website.

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