Dance & Draw
Creative expression and outlets are fundamental for helping us manage our feelings, relieve tension, calm our minds and provide us with a chance to be original and artistic.
Singing, dancing, listening to music or playing an instrument can be very therapeutic - it fuels the soul, helps shake out negative feelings, and can renew hope and optimism.
Drawing, colouring, painting, writing, and getting creative with crafts are also important forms of expression. When you join children in these activities, you can improve your bond and hang out in a light-hearted but meaningful way - you may even discover some new interests your child has or unearth feelings about particular things going on in their lives.
We'd love to see your children's pavement chalk creations or any other drawings about what looking after their mental health means to them. Upload your pictures to Instagram and tag us @MentalHealthWeekWA and hashtag #MHW2021 #MentalhealthstartswithourChildren #JustDraw.We can't wait to share them on our Insta page and this webpage.
If you take away nothing else from Mental Health Week this year, try and find time every week or whenever you can to set your favourite music, be silly with your children and enjoy a fun dance together! In the kitchen, on the patio, in your pyjamas - anything goes! It will do wonders to boost your mood, your relationship, your bonding and maybe even your child's behaviour. A bit of attention, recognition, meaningful engagement and a chance to laugh together will make your child feel special in more ways than you may even realise. Dancing reduces stress, can help protect our mental health, and is vital to regulating our nervous system and emotions. It's also a great way to bong and enjoy fun quality time with your kids. Next time your patience is being tested or things are boiling over - crank your favourite tunes and dance your cares away. We've got you started with our upbeat Mental Health Week dance steps.
Mental Health Week Dance Challenge
We can't wait to see your dance moves - follow the dance move choreography with The Jungle Body's Sheriece - it's easy and fun to learn we promise! Instant mood boost also guaranteed! Upload your version to Instagram Reels or Tik Tok and tag us @MentalhealthWeekWA
To get involved:
1. Simply learn and practice the moves via the You Tube video below with your kid/s
2. Find the track 'Pump up the Jam' by Techtronic on Tik Tok or Reels
3. Record the dance steps and upload your dance routine to Tik Tok or Reels
4. Apply the correct track and add the hashtags #PumpuptheJamDanceChallenge #MentalHealthWeek2021
Pump up the Jam Dance Challenge in full swing below - watch The Jungle Body CEO Tara Sumich bust the Mental Health Week moves! We can't wait to see your parent / caregiver and kids team dances!