To help keep you inspired and engaged during these challenging times, our Living Well Centre team is bringing you themed activities and resources every fortnight.
We hope you’ve been enjoying our themed pages; please send in pictures of work you have done, we love to see them.
Our theme for the next two weeks is hares and rabbits. We hope you will enjoy finding out more about these animals by completing the quiz, reading books, watching films, and making some crafty rabbits. We have also included some advice on exercising and foot care, rabbits need to do both!
We really look forward to seeing any photos of rabbits and hares that you would like to send in to add to our gallery. Oh, and don’t forget to look up carrot cake recipes!
There are so many ideas for creative projects inspired by this fortnight’s theme: we could rabbit on about them all day! Take a look at our gallery below for inspiration on just some of the craft projects you might like to try.
Make your own rabbit greeting cards
Read our how-to guide on making your own paper bunnies using two pence and five pence pieces. A cheap and cheerful way to make fun greetings cards!
How to draw a Brown Hare
Follow the instructions in the below pdfs and learn how to draw a majestic Brown Hare. Instructions are by Valerie Briggs.
Do you know what a baby rabbit is called? Or which breed of hare can run at 45mph? Test your knowledge with our rabbit quiz!
A ‘hole’ lot of fun
Rabbits live in connecting tunnels underground called warrens.
You could have a bit of fun by rolling socks into balls (representing rabbits), and seeing how many you can roll into a cardboard box (representing the warren)!
This is great for hand-eye coordination and a good stretching exercise for your arms.
Great ideas for exercise
Visit the British Heart Foundation website for a host of tips and resources on getting active at home. You can find chair-based exercises, to strength-building exercises, and more, including specific tips for those who have a heart condition.
Take a look at our list of books and films which have a rabbit/hare theme. Have you read, or seen, any of the titles on our list?
In stories and mythology, the hare has a reputation for being quick and careless. This leads me to wonder: what elements of our busy lives do we do quickly? Where do we forget to enjoy the simple things?
A simple, mindful practise can help us enjoy and appreciate the little things and assist in calming our busy minds. The next time you have something to eat, I invite you to eat mindfully. Here’s how to do that.
Before you put the food in your mouth to eat, look at the piece of food, notice the colour, the texture, its shape, and notice how it smells.
As you put it into your mouth, try not to chew it straight away and notice how it feels in the mouth as you chew it. Is it easy to chew, or hard? Does the taste change as you chew it? Chew it slowly and observe the thoughts and sensations you experience as you do so. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed your food more!
We can do many things mindfully: be it washing up, gardening, or a mindful walk – which is always nice, as you notice much more and can be surprised at the things we walk past and never notice.
Even if it’s for a few minutes today, be like the tortoise and not the hare and see how it feels.
Advice on preventing falls
Take a look at a presentation by hospice physiotherapist Charlotte Nicholls on how to reduce the risk of falls.
Managing cancer-related fatigue
Read this Fatigue Management Summary with plenty of advice on managing cancer-related fatigue.
Just like rabbits and hares, we need to keep our feet in good condition so we don’t trip and fall.
Advice on getting a good night’s sleep
Take a look at this document with tips and guidance on helping you to get a restful night’s sleep.
Why not research Beatrix Potter, author of the famous children’s tale Peter Rabbit?
Where did she live? Did you know her house ‘Hill Top’ is now cared for by the National Trust? Do you know who played Beatrix in the 2007 film Miss Potter? What else can you discover about Beatrix Potter and the stories she wrote?
Boxing hares: facebook.com/watch/?v=570152450509814
David Hare Artist: wikiart.org/en/david-hare
How to draw a cartoon rabbit: youtu.be/gS6BQWvgZrE
Conserving the Brown Hare: gwct.org.uk/media/208618/Conserving-the-Brown-Hare.pdf
We’ll be sharing pictures on this fortnight’s theme in our gallery. If you’d like to send us a picture to include, please email Alison Mesley, hospice Art Therapist. Take a look at this cute picture of two leverets curled up asleep.
During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.
The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.
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