South Kent Mind members reflect on their mental health journeys
Our creative writing group allows people to share their ups and downs on their path to better mental wellbeing. As part of a recent ‘Journaling for Wellbeing‘ session, members were asked to write about how South Kent Mind has helped them to improve and which activities they feel have benefited them.
South Kent Mind member, Catherine, wrote:
MIND has helped me to focus on my creativity, especially during the
Tuesday sessions. Normally when I write it has to have some kind of
spur, some kind of deadline, because otherwise I just won’t bother
so I don’t get started. I think it’s not just because I’m lethargic or
lazy, it’s just that I don’t see why I should write something when
there’s no one around who’s going to read it – but this case, by
belonging to the Zoom Tuesday group, I find I’ve got the opportunity
to share my work, and that gives me a good feeling.
Also I found the relaxation classes very beneficial: normally it’s so
difficult to just stop and relax, it’s so easy to just keep going all the
time and never really switch off the repetitive thoughts : I think too
much, but don’t actually think about anything productive, so that is
also very positive.
The Friday group where we meet in person (which I prefer to Zoom
obviously) is a great space in which to find some relaxation, and
creativity – not necessarily just with the words but also with drawing,
poetry and mindful colouring. For example after a colour
meditation, I went into town and was struck by the beauty and
vibrancy of some wildflowers planted in a trough near the town hall
Whereas I would normally have just walked past these flowers
without pausing to really look at them, I was able to fully absorb
their colours and shapes. . Sharon has a marvellous way of combining
elements of her sessions to increase my sense of well-being and my
enjoyment of life – by giving me a focus, and something to punctuate
the week which isn’t just chores and meeting up with friends and
going swimming… the daily round. It’s time just for me, and I really
appreciate that – so thank you!
Thank you for sharing your kind words with us, Catherine!
Want to join our activity groups?
If you’re a Mind member, please book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01303 250090. Please be mindful that spaces are often limited so please book as soon as possible.
If you are not a member yet: You can self-refer to South Kent Mind if you’re experiencing or have experienced mental health problems. Phone us on 01303 250090 or email us at email@example.com to book a referral appointment.