Hedda Matza – Haughton
Identify Ways to Express Gratitude

Today I am Grateful book

In terms of gratitude, I suggest the first step is to find in your home a small pad or notebook or just plain paper and put the date on top and begin to list the things and people you are grateful during this time staying at home. One of my first responses is the increased time I have to spend …

Lisa Richardson – Growth in hard places

Stock Photo by Petr Kratochvil

We have made it to a 3rd Self-Care Newsletter! I consider this is a great accomplishment since it is not the only thing needing to be done and it is not in my area of expertise. I am an introvert whose attention span also shifts quickly from project to project, and can easily feel overwhelmed by all I want and …

Kathleen suggests creating a Mandala of Emotions

From Kathleen Horne, MA, LMHC, REACE, REAT, Certificate Training in Expressive Arts, Expressive Arts Florida Institute Use a fairly large sheet of paper if you have one. Any size will do. Trace a circle on it using a large plate or something else that is round. Lay it out somewhere, on a table, or tape it to a board, then draw on …

Linda Joffe – Wonderful Antidote to Stress

Linda Joffe

Creative Movement Teacher, Expressive Arts Facilitator Insights and suggestions to help cope with overwhelming feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression during this trying time: I find that dancing is a wonderful antidote to stress and worry in these challenging times. It brings us back to our bodies, calms the mind and releases tension. I recommend putting on your favorite Pandora …

Deirdre McKay-Wellness Advocate

Didi McKay

Artist, Author, Mindset Mentor and Arts for Health Practitioner There are hardship and death here, but for those looking for hope and strength, they will find it all around. To stay calm and strong, keep up with your practices – whether yoga or arts. My tip for others, and what I practice myself before starting a writing or art project …

How to Stay Well Through the Arts

SARASOTA  By Kay Kipling  4/3/2020 at 11:22am Some tips from educator-consultant Hedda Matza-Haughton. If you’re suffering arts withdrawal because you can’t attend concerts, plays, movies or exhibits right now, Hedda Matza-Haughton has a few ideas for you. Matza-Haughton, a Sarasota-based  licensed clinical social worker, health educator, actress, playwright and director (as well as a breast cancer survivor) has more than 25 years …

The Art of Healing

A Film by Meybis C. Pitty

The Art of Healing is a 20-minute documentary exploring the role art has in healing a person’s mind, body, and soul.

Becoming a Cancer Thriver Through the Healing Power of Art

Arts For Health Sarasota - Manatee

Art is a creative outlet that provides health benefits to those affected by cancer. Art therapy is becoming more widely used in the field of medicine as its ability to help people is evidenced. BY Bonnie AnnisPUBLISHED May 17, 2019 Bonnie Annis is a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2014 with stage 2b invasive ductal carcinoma with metastasis to the …

God is in Everything: A Bedtime Story for Little Ears

Marcia “Muff” Calderon has become a children’s book author. She has self-published (as Marcia Calderon) God is in Everything: A Bedtime Story for Little Ears. She came up with the idea at a weekend silent retreat and says the writing went pretty fast. It’s available on Amazon. “It’s a non-denominational book, like a prayer to read before bed for children …

First-ever Baltimore Orioles Wellness Week

First-ever Baltimore Orioles Wellness Week at Ed Smith Stadium. Arts for Health Sarasota-Manatee was invited to participate in the 2018 Wellness Week hosted by the Baltimore Oriels at the ballpark in Sarasota, August 6 & August 8. This first-ever (and they hope annual) wellness day event at the Ed Smith Stadium proved to be a valuable opportunity for AFH S-M …