Creative Self-Care: Art, Music, and Writing for Well-Being

3-week online challenge
For all IU employees and spouses
Participate anytime August 1-December 7, 2020

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(Your challenge will start 24 hours after you sign up.) 

Our creative pursuits can be effective in helping us express emotions, reaffirm what's important to us, and enhance well-being. "Creative Self-Care" is an online, university-wide challenge that encourages creative experiences in art, music, and writing as tools to promote self-care and mental/emotional well-being. 

Each week of the challenge, participants will choose one or more of the 14 creative experiences offered — including exercises in art viewing and making, music, and writing. These experiences have been recommended or created by IU experts to benefit individual self-care and well-being. They can assist you in becoming more mindful in your daily life and can also help counteract feelings of stress, burnout, anxiety, and other mental-health related concerns.

This challenge is brought to you by Healthy IU with the generous contributions of Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, IUPUI Music Therapy Program, and Healthy IU facilitators across the university. Full-time employees and their spouses who register for the challenge are eligible to receive a set of Healthy IU mini colored pencils (first-come, first-served, while supplies last) to help them with their creative pursuits.

Note: This online challenge and the exercises included do not take the place of therapy or traditional psychotherapy sessions. They are to be utilized for wellness or self-care purposes only. Learn more about free, confidential counseling options through SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program. Services are provided at no cost to all employees, IU Residents, Graduate Appointees, Fellowship Recipients, and their household members.

  • How to Participate

    By registering for the 3-week challenge, participants are signing up to receive weekly emails with ideas for creative self-care experiences — including exercises in art viewing and making, music, and writing. Participants will choose at least one activity to try each week. After trying an activity, participants have the option of completing a self-reflection about the experience to deepen their learning.

    The challenge will start the day after you sign up, and you can register anytime between August 1 through December 7, 2020. 

    Full-time employees and their spouses who register for the challenge are eligible to receive a set of Healthy IU mini colored pencils (first-come, first-served, while supplies last) to help them with their creative pursuits.

  • Incentive

    Full-time employees and their spouses who register for the challenge are eligible to receive a set of Healthy IU mini colored pencils (first-come, first-served, while supplies last) to help them with their creative pursuits.

    Use the pencils for making art, jotting notes about a music exercise, adding a splash of color to a writing practice, or just keep them in your workstation as a reminder to stay mindful — and that Healthy IU cares about YOU! 

    When will I receive my colored pencils? Colored pencils will be sent via Campus Mail when employees are back on campus.

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