THE NEXT #CARECONVOS IS THIS MONDAY 3rd Feb 2020, 8PM AND THE TOPIC IS… *wellbeing*
#CareConvos are delighted that Chloe Juliette will be hosting February and March conversations. We really value that Chloe approached us and have worked together to produce what will be a very interesting evening. Chloe will be discussing #Wellbeing – what we mean by wellbeing and what we can do to support the wellbeing of care experienced people. All welcome.
CARE-EXPERIENCED RESEARCHER AND ARTIST , CHLOE JULIETTE, LONDON
“I was in care age 2ish-18. I dabbled in community arts for a few years before landing in research. To me, research should create positive change and work with/be led by whoever the research is about – giving participants something valuable in return for their knowledge.
I’ve gotten so much out of talking to people via #CareConvos and am so excited to be co-hosting in February and March. I’m really interested in having conversations with everyone in a care experience privileged space.”
You can find Chloe on Twitter: @clohesion
SENIOR LECTURER, DR DEE MICHELL, FROM UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Dee talks about wellbeing:
“Walking and writing are both keys to my well-being.
There’s plenty of research which shows that physical activity boosts our ‘feel-good hormones’ and is important to mental health but I’m not going to get my ‘feel-good’ boost in the normal course of my sedentary job, so I have to deliberately exercise. Walking is easiest and cheapest, I can do it most days of the year in South Australia, and it gets me outside.
There’s some research about the emotional and health benefits of writing too. James Pennebaker (eg Opening Up by Writing it Down, 2016) in the US has been doing experiments for years, the crux of which is that if we can get our thoughts out of our head by writing them down, and express our emotions as we’re doing that, we’ll feel much better.
I find that even 10 minutes of writing over breakfast, setting out a plan, noting what’s bothering me, reflecting on what’s good, is enough to make me feel grounded and ready for the day. Sometimes, if there’s a lot going on, I’ll write for much longer, but the average is that 10 minutes.
The catch – and there’s always a catch – is that I don’t always want to go for a walk and I won’t take that 10 mins for writing. The catalyst may be overcast or cold weather (I’m cryophobic), or feeling in a time-crunch, or some old trauma that’s been reactivated.
Then I get caught in a downward spiral, where I spend way too much time on the couch eating chocolate. And you know where that ends up…
Reading is where I head to for solace (even though these days it might have been reading trauma stories which plunged me into the abyss). Ella Berthoud & Susan Elderkin say in their The Novel Cure that “sometimes its the rhythm of the prose that works on the psyche, stilling or stimulating.” I find that’s as true for reading work-related non-fiction (stimulating) as it is reading fiction (stilling).
When I’m in a really bad way, its spirituality – reading or podcasts – and usually New Thought, New Age and Buddhism, that gets me up and out for a walk and writing again.
Which makes me wonder if some sort of spiritual practice, like daily meditation, would be preventative. Perhaps I’ll give that a go in 2020.”
You can find Dee on Twitter: @DrDeeMichell