The Wellness of Water

And how I recycled some cat food packets

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This week has been hot and our local beach has been packed with people flocking here from elsewhere, making it harder to visit safely. One day my children said they were too hot, the tide was out and it was a long way for them to get to the water, so we went home and while my husband had a break from work, I popped out and picked up a paddling pool. They spent the afternoon happily splashing in the garden.

On other days our walks follow the little river that runs through the town, here we look for ducks and other wildlife; we watch the fish in the ponds at the gardens we visit. The beach is beckoning everyone I seem to speak to who live more inland. I have missed the swimming pool during lockdown but haven’t dared to swim in the sea as I almost turned blue last time but I still like to walk in the shallow waves. 

Why are we so drawn to water? 

Being near water is good for us, it is calming and relaxing and it makes us feel better, our bodies are mostly made up of water so it makes sense that we identify with it on a subconscious level too, as marine biologist Wallace Nichols explains:

“Water is considered the elixir and source of life. It covers more than 70% of the Earth’s surface, makes up nearly 70% of our bodies, and constitutes over 70% of our heart and brains...This deep biological connection has been shown to trigger an immediate response in our brains when we’re near water. In fact, the mere sight and sound of water can induce a flood of neurochemicals that promote wellness, increase blood flow to the brain and heart and induce relaxation. Thanks to science, we’re now able to connect the dots to the full range of emotional benefits being on, in, or near the water can bring.” 

This weeks challenge

So this week, to give us all a lift, the challenge is to draw or paint water. Whether it is the waves on the sea, the pond in your garden, the fountain in town or the puddles after the thunderstorms forecast for tonight - maybe you look at the shapes, the colours, reflections or ripples. As always there is no right or wrong, just relax and go with the flow and see what happens. Notice how the activity makes you feel.

Last week’s challenge

This week has been busy and I was happy to finally get around to an idea I had: to stitch together some recycled cat food pouches. I always try to keep and wash these but am never too sure what to do with them, my cats seem to reject food in other formats and I don’t like to throw the packets away but they can’t go in the recycling. 

So I made a patchwork background then I copied one of my drawings of my cat Sid onto the pouches using an acrylic paint pen. I like the idea of using cat food pouches to draw the cats. I may do more of it. If you have any ideas of how else I can reuse the packets then please let me know. 

I’d love to know what unconventional materials you’ve been using this week too:

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Enjoy the water! 

Sophie Walker

Mindful Creativity Practitioner, Artist and Writer., Attentive Art

I'm an Artist who studied psychology and mindfulness to help myself overcome some of life's challenges. Now I help others to do the same using creativity and psychology. I believe creativity holds the key to the enjoyment of life and I want to help everyone to feel good about yourself and your life.