Mental Wellness

Mental

wellness

Selfcare

On some level, all of us are struggling at the moment. Financially, physically and mentally.
As we can’t help with the financial side of things (but we are trying our best) or the physical aspect (social distancing and all) we have gathered some resources and advice for those of us who are battling to maintain our mental health.

First of all it’s important to remember that we are not alone. Artists all over the world are scared and frustrated. In some countries where they have been allowed to return to their shops, it is a new world. A world where there are more rules and in most cases more scrutiny about our craft. We need to prepare for this in a logical and careful way.

In South Africa, we still don’t know when we will be able to work, so it is very important to stay busy while we wait. Paint, draw and be creative where you can, and if you can. Learn new skills and practice mindfulness where you can. There is no point right now worrying about a future we cannot predict. All we can do is prepare as best we can and stay healthy. One long day at a time.
If your mental health dictates your physical health, let’s start there.

Mindfulness

Living in the present right now is hard, as our current situation is not pleasant and we feel trapped and uncertain. Let these feelings be there but do not let them overwhelm you. They will pass. You will have good days and bad days. This is okay. We have an amazing opportunity right now to use this time wisely. Don’t spend all of it dreading a future we can’t predict.

The best way to practice mindfulness, is through meditation. If you have not already done this, download the Calm app from AppStore. This app provides guided meditation and help with sleep. There are may other apps available that are similar. Find them all in the app store. 

You can also use YouTube to find guided meditations that will help with anxiety and stress that are completely free.

Resources

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Yoga

Yoga has been proven to reduce stress through movement and breath. Taking the practice of mindfulness and expanding it through movement and positions that build strength in the mind and body.

Resources

Writing

Keeping a journal of feelings and fears that come up during this time can be helpful in many ways.
Our partners and friends are all experiencing varying levels of stress and anxiety currently so we don’t feel we can share everything with them. Write them down so they can flow from your mind onto paper. You may just come up with solutions to worries while you are doing this.

If anything, writing can unscramble your brain, and let’s be honest, you can’t be creative with a scrambled brain.

Writing-Image

Creativity

Sketching for tattoos is our daily practice. Some of you may find you are enjoying this time to come up with new ideas, or try out new styles. If you are able to do this, it really is great.

For some of us, the stress and anxiety prevents us from being able to be creative, this is where you need to be, well, creative. What did you do when you were a kid? Start there.. doodle. Use paint and throw it at something, or use your hands to make shapes. Make a potato stamp, and if you have kids, get them involved. Learn how to make an acrylic pour, or do a linocut print. Do something different that isn’t for tattooing, just for you.

If you paint or draw in your spare time, hone the skill.
Many professional artists are sharing their techniques on YouTube and other platforms during this time while they are in lockdown.

Resources

Exercise

Many of us use exercise as an outlet for stress, and this has been a difficult time for it. With hard lockdowns and being confined to our houses, it can be demotivating and limiting as to what is possible. But it is possible.

Training your body and your mind can help to ease anxiety and physical movement boosts your immune system.

While we go through these levels of lockdown in our country and gyms are closed, use the time given to walk or cycle if you can, and when at home try an online class to get some exercise in every day.
We need to be physically ready to tattoo when we can go back so try to stay strong.

For online classes search YouTube for strength and resistance training, or HIIT classes you can do from your living room.

Resources

Addiction-Image

Addiction and crisis

If you an addict and finding this time of isolation and insecurity difficult to manage
Please reach out to your sponsor or contact a crisis hotline.

There are many groups working with people during the crisis and they are just a phone call away.

Resources

Resources

Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Line 24hr helpline
0800 12 13 14 / SMS 32312

Find a Support Group in your area
0800 21 22 23

Depression and Anxiety

Dealing with a condition such as depression or anxiety in this time can be frightening and overwhelming.
Keeping on top of your medication can be hard, and not having the physical support of friends and family can leave you feeling very alone and scared. Dark thoughts can cloud your judgement and panic can set in. In these moments remember, this too shall pass.

There are a number of organisations available online for direction to your nearest therapist and to help you through this very scary time. If you need  assistance you can reach out to the following organisations

Resources

Cipla SADAG Mental Health Line
0800 4567 789 or WhatsApp 076 88 22 775

For a Suicidal Emergency
0800 567 567

Above all, remember we are in this together.
We want to get back to work and support ourselves and our families.
Let’s be healthy and strong when we can do this.
Our customers will need us to be.

Mental

wellness

Selfcare

On some level, all of us are struggling at the moment. Financially, physically and mentally.
As we can’t help with the financial side of things (but we are trying our best) or the physical aspect (social distancing and all) we have gathered some resources and advice for those of us who are battling to maintain our mental health.

First of all it’s important to remember that we are not alone. Artists all over the world are scared and frustrated. In some countries where they have been allowed to return to their shops, it is a new world. A world where there are more rules and in most cases more scrutiny about our craft. We need to prepare for this in a logical and careful way.

In South Africa, we still don’t know when we will be able to work, so it is very important to stay busy while we wait. Paint, draw and be creative where you can, and if you can. Learn new skills and practice mindfulness where you can. There is no point right now worrying about a future we cannot predict. All we can do is prepare as best we can and stay healthy. One long day at a time.
If your mental health dictates your physical health, let’s start there.

Mindfulness-Image

Mindfulness

Living in the present right now is hard, as our current situation is not pleasant and we feel trapped and uncertain. Let these feelings be there but do not let them overwhelm you. They will pass. You will have good days and bad days. This is okay. We have an amazing opportunity right now to use this time wisely. Don’t spend all of it dreading a future we can’t predict.

The best way to practice mindfulness, is through meditation. If you have not already done this, download the Calm app from AppStore. This app provides guided meditation and help with sleep. There are may other apps available that are similar. Find them all in the app store. 

You can also use YouTube to find guided meditations that will help with anxiety and stress that are completely free.

Resources

Yoga

Yoga has been proven to reduce stress through movement and breath. Taking the practice of mindfulness and expanding it through movement and positions that build strength in the mind and body.

Resources

Writing

Keeping a journal of feelings and fears that come up during this time can be helpful in many ways.
Our partners and friends are all experiencing varying levels of stress and anxiety currently so we don’t feel we can share everything with them. Write them down so they can flow from your mind onto paper. You may just come up with solutions to worries while you are doing this.

If anything, writing can unscramble your brain, and let’s be honest, you can’t be creative with a scrambled brain.

Creativity

Sketching for tattoos is our daily practice. Some of you may find you are enjoying this time to come up with new ideas, or try out new styles. If you are able to do this, it really is great.

For some of us, the stress and anxiety prevents us from being able to be creative, this is where you need to be, well, creative. What did you do when you were a kid? Start there.. doodle. Use paint and throw it at something, or use your hands to make shapes. Make a potato stamp, and if you have kids, get them involved. Learn how to make an acrylic pour, or do a linocut print. Do something different that isn’t for tattooing, just for you.

If you paint or draw in your spare time, hone the skill.
Many professional artists are sharing their techniques on YouTube and other platforms during this time while they are in lockdown.

Resources

Exercise

Many of us use exercise as an outlet for stress, and this has been a difficult time for it. With hard lockdowns and being confined to our houses, it can be demotivating and limiting as to what is possible. But it is possible.

Training your body and your mind can help to ease anxiety and physical movement boosts your immune system.

While we go through these levels of lockdown in our country and gyms are closed, use the time given to walk or cycle if you can, and when at home try an online class to get some exercise in every day.
We need to be physically ready to tattoo when we can go back so try to stay strong.

For online classes search YouTube for strength and resistance training, or HIIT classes you can do from your living room.

Resources

Addiction-Image

Addiction and crisis

If you an addict and finding this time of isolation and insecurity difficult to manage
Please reach out to your sponsor or contact a crisis hotline.

There are many groups working with people during the crisis and they are just a phone call away.

Resources

Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Line 24hr helpline
0800 12 13 14 / SMS 32312

Find a Support Group in your area
0800 21 22 23

Depression and Anxiety

Dealing with a condition such as depression or anxiety in this time can be frightening and overwhelming.
Keeping on top of your medication can be hard, and not having the physical support of friends and family can leave you feeling very alone and scared. Dark thoughts can cloud your judgement and panic can set in. In these moments remember, this too shall pass.

There are a number of organisations available online for direction to your nearest therapist and to help you through this very scary time. If you need  assistance you can reach out to the following organisations

Resources

Cipla SADAG Mental Health Line
0800 4567 789 or WhatsApp 076 88 22 775

For a Suicidal Emergency
0800 567 567

Above all, remember we are in this together.
We want to get back to work and support ourselves and our families.
Let’s be healthy and strong when we can do this.
Our customers will need us to be.

Mental

wellness

Selfcare

On some level, all of us are struggling at the moment. Financially, physically and mentally.
As we can’t help with the financial side of things (but we are trying our best) or the physical aspect (social distancing and all) we have gathered some resources and advice for those of us who are battling to maintain our mental health.

First of all it’s important to remember that we are not alone. Artists all over the world are scared and frustrated. In some countries where they have been allowed to return to their shops, it is a new world. A world where there are more rules and in most cases more scrutiny about our craft. We need to prepare for this in a logical and careful way.

In South Africa, we still don’t know when we will be able to work, so it is very important to stay busy while we wait. Paint, draw and be creative where you can, and if you can. Learn new skills and practice mindfulness where you can. There is no point right now worrying about a future we cannot predict. All we can do is prepare as best we can and stay healthy. One long day at a time.
If your mental health dictates your physical health, let’s start there.

Mindfulness-Image

Mindfulness

Living in the present right now is hard, as our current situation is not pleasant and we feel trapped and uncertain. Let these feelings be there but do not let them overwhelm you. They will pass. You will have good days and bad days. This is okay. We have an amazing opportunity right now to use this time wisely. Don’t spend all of it dreading a future we can’t predict.

The best way to practice mindfulness, is through meditation. If you have not already done this, download the Calm app from AppStore. This app provides guided meditation and help with sleep. There are may other apps available that are similar. Find them all in the app store. 

You can also use YouTube to find guided meditations that will help with anxiety and stress that are completely free.

Resources

Yoga-Image

Yoga

Yoga has been proven to reduce stress through movement and breath. Taking the practice of mindfulness and expanding it through movement and positions that build strength in the mind and body.

Resources

Writing-Image

Writing

Keeping a journal of feelings and fears that come up during this time can be helpful in many ways.
Our partners and friends are all experiencing varying levels of stress and anxiety currently so we don’t feel we can share everything with them. Write them down so they can flow from your mind onto paper. You may just come up with solutions to worries while you are doing this.

If anything, writing can unscramble your brain, and let’s be honest, you can’t be creative with a scrambled brain.

Creativity

Sketching for tattoos is our daily practice. Some of you may find you are enjoying this time to come up with new ideas, or try out new styles. If you are able to do this, it really is great.

For some of us, the stress and anxiety prevents us from being able to be creative, this is where you need to be, well, creative. What did you do when you were a kid? Start there.. doodle. Use paint and throw it at something, or use your hands to make shapes. Make a potato stamp, and if you have kids, get them involved. Learn how to make an acrylic pour, or do a linocut print. Do something different that isn’t for tattooing, just for you.

If you paint or draw in your spare time, hone the skill.
Many professional artists are sharing their techniques on YouTube and other platforms during this time while they are in lockdown.

Resources

Exercise

Many of us use exercise as an outlet for stress, and this has been a difficult time for it. With hard lockdowns and being confined to our houses, it can be demotivating and limiting as to what is possible. But it is possible.

Training your body and your mind can help to ease anxiety and physical movement boosts your immune system.

While we go through these levels of lockdown in our country and gyms are closed, use the time given to walk or cycle if you can, and when at home try an online class to get some exercise in every day.
We need to be physically ready to tattoo when we can go back so try to stay strong.

For online classes search YouTube for strength and resistance training, or HIIT classes you can do from your living room.

Resources

Addiction-Image

Addiction and crisis

If you an addict and finding this time of isolation and insecurity difficult to manage
Please reach out to your sponsor or contact a crisis hotline.

There are many groups working with people during the crisis and they are just a phone call away.

Resources

Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Line 24hr helpline
0800 12 13 14 / SMS 32312

Find a Support Group in your area
0800 21 22 23

Depression and Anxiety

Dealing with a condition such as depression or anxiety in this time can be frightening and overwhelming.
Keeping on top of your medication can be hard, and not having the physical support of friends and family can leave you feeling very alone and scared. Dark thoughts can cloud your judgement and panic can set in. In these moments remember, this too shall pass.

There are a number of organisations available online for direction to your nearest therapist and to help you through this very scary time. If you need  assistance you can reach out to the following organisations

Resources

Cipla SADAG Mental Health Line
0800 4567 789 or WhatsApp 076 88 22 775

For a Suicidal Emergency
0800 567 567

Above all, remember we are in this together.
We want to get back to work and support ourselves and our families.
Let’s be healthy and strong when we can do this.
Our customers will need us to be.

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