2020 has been a brutal year. The Covid-19 took over our lives, isolating people en mass and nearly 900,000 live have been taken. In addition, the Black Lives Matter and associated cry for police reform have been resonating through the United States and beyond. Across the world, civil unrest grows in places like Belarus and Israel as people call out for the improvement of society and let us not forget the increasingly aggressive US presidential campaign.
Whether you are first line-responder, parent, protester or any body else facing difficult challenges, BuildaBridge is here to remind you that the world needs YOU and you need to care for yourself. Your ability to serve society reflects on your care for yourself.
In light of these surmounting challenges, Volunteers Organized Against Disaster (VOAD) & Greater Philadelphia Long Term Recovery Committee offered BuildaBridge the opportunity to pilot an arts-based self-care webinar for human service organizations. The program, the Arts of Self-Care, stems from BuildaBridge co-founder, Dr. Vivian Nix-Early's video of the Importance of Self-Care for Caregivers.
The Arts of Self-Care focuses on practical arts-based activities (visual arts, movement, music) as well as breathing exercises to help facilitate brain activity that supports wellbeing and creates some relief from stressful extenuating circumstances. Additionally, BuildaBridge provides some valuable knowledge from the field of neuroscience to help participants better understand the body and mind's need for self-care.
No one could have every imagined the circumstances that currently envelope the world. The traumatic ramifications will reverberate for years; we can better protect ourselves by simply, giving ourselves some time to find awareness, balance and connection in our environments.
If you would like more information regarding the webinar or more ideas for arts-based self-care, please reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org