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Water themed Living Well Resources

To help keep you inspired and engaged, our Living Well Centre team is bringing you a variety of themed activities and resources, with new topics added regularly.

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Water, water everywhere but ne’r a drop to drink

The theme for the eighth set of resources is water. You will learn facts about water; find out how artists have been inspired by the element; get some great recommendations for books on a watery theme; read tales of fishing, an account of living aboard a canal boat and more.

Use the following links to easily jump to sections of this web page:

Reading recommendations

How water inspires great works of art

Water quiz

Exercises and wellbeing tips

Stories of living by and on the water

Fishing tales

Further reading and links

We hope you enjoy the content, are inspired to be creative and to get active too. We would love to hear from you, so please let us know how you get on with the resources. Send your feedback and pictures to Alison Mesley, Art Therapist, on amesley@strichards.org.uk

Recommended reads on a ‘water’ theme

Read a review of Casting Off, by broadcaster Libby Purves, written by volunteer chaplain Susan Daniels. Susan says: “I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with sailing experience who could empathise, but there is also much humour and warmth in the  story for all to enjoy.”

Whether you fancy delving into the depths of Herman Melville’s epic Moby Dick, or revisiting childhood classic The Owl and the Pussycat, there is something for everyone in our water-themed recommended reads list.

Find out a little more about Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 classic The Wind in the Willows, with this presentation for our Love Books social group.

Read about Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat with this presentation for our Love Books social group.

Delve into a free e-book by Max Sinclair and Heather Wastie, celebrating the restoration of the Droitwich canals through poetry and photography. You can read The Muck and Shovel Brigade here.

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

Explore how water inspires great art

Read about Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai and his iconic image The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.

Also known as The Great Wave, the piece depicts the power of the sea and has inspired many artists after him.

Click here to take a look at some craft ideas inspired by Hokusai’s famous work.

Further arty reading and activities

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Test your knowledge with water-themed quiz!

Do you know which is the world’s largest ocean? Or which elements make up water?

See how many questions you can get right in our quiz.

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Exercise and wellbeing tips with a ‘water’ theme

Using water to inspire tai chi 

“Anyone who has joined an adapted tai chi session with me will know I often use water to inspire the visualisation for the journey we take through the various moves,” says Therapies Team Leader, Alex Drury.

“Use the videos in the link below to stroke a waterfall, push some waves, scoop the sea and go for a swim – all from your living room.”

  • Standing adapted tai chi

  • Sitting adapted tai chi

Guided visualisation: cottage by the sea

Let yourself imagine you are sitting in a cottage garden by the sea, on a warm summer’s day, with this tranquil guided visualisation.

You will need to ask a relative or friend to read the visualisation to you, while observing the appropriate social distancing measures. Read the guided visualisation here.

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Learn how the ‘MMM’ technique can reduce anxiety

When we are anxious, our mouths can be dry but when we are calm our mouths are moist. Moistening the mouth will support the relaxation response in your body.

Read about the three steps to a mindful moist mouth (MMM) and learn how drinking a little water can help soothe feelings of anxiety.

More benefits of drinking water

Take a look at some science-based evidence on the benefits of drinking water. This article shows how consuming more water can help with energy levels, relieve constipation, aid brain functioning, help with making saliva – which in turn helps break down food, and more. Read the article.

Meditate with the RAIN

 

This simple meditation practice can shift us out of our inner turmoil, to a steadier point where we can assess and soothe the waves inside us.

Take a look at this meditation here.

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Our stories of living life by, and on, the water

Reflections on living by the sea

“One of the best things about living in north Devon was being so close to the sea, especially as the sun was setting.

“This beautiful sunset was photographed in Coombe Martin at high tide. I love the tranquillity of the reflection on the water” – Sharon Johnson, Senior Healthcare Assistant, Living Well Team.

‘Why I love Highcliffe Beach, Dorset’

“I love this part of the Dorset coast all year round,” writes Alex Drury, Physiotherapist. “In the winter months it is windy and wild. In the summer it remains wild and untouched by most tourists.

“The children can build sandcastle kingdoms, collect pebbles and shells in their buckets (leaving them behind when we leave) and splash around in the water all year round.

“On the horizon, on a clear day, you can see cruise ships and tanker sailing to and from Southampton. Sailing boats are often seen sailing around the Isle of Wight and to and from Christchurch Bay.”

Read more about this beautiful beach, and admire its serenity.

Life aboard a narrowboat 

Read how Sarah, a former physiotherapist at St Richard’s Hospice, embarked on a new adventure living life on the country’s waterways.

Sarah writes: “It had always been our dream to travel the inland waterways. Four months later we had sold the house, packed all our worldly goods into storage and were living on a 69 foot narrowboat!” Click to read more.

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Finding joy in fishing

Keen fisher John Packwood shares some of his memories fishing on rivers around Worcestershire.

  • In this piece, John recalls fishing on the first day of the new season, when he was just 14 years old. Read here.
  • Read John’s reflection on a surprising day Barbel fishing on the river Teme.
  • Take a look at this blow-by-blow account of John’s attempt to land a huge pike at Stanchards Pit, Tewkesbury.

Do you like fishing? Share your fishing tales with us! Email us at livingwellteam@strichards.org.uk

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Interesting further reading and facts

  • Discover the history of Droitwich’s Pamela May canal boat and the service it provides to the community
  • Learn more about the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the deepest oceanic trench in the world.
  • Find out where the warmest place for a dip in the sea is during July!
  • Read how sound waves can travel through water, and try a simple experiment at home.
  • View a detailed presentation on the properties of various waves and what they transport.