ThinkstockPhotos-510152676The Pastoral Services team at St John of God Murdoch Hospital is helping patients experience the benefits of colouring in for relaxation and meditation.

Pastoral Practitioner Natalie Kay says colouring in can be beneficial for adults, especially for its de-stressing power.

“We look for all possible ways to benefit patients when providing spiritual care and emotional support,” Natalie says.

“Colouring in can generate wellness and quietness and stimulate brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity.”

“Colouring in is one way to shift attention – even if patients can’t change their physical circumstances, they can focus their perspective when participating in therapeutic activities.”

“It’s also great time filler when waiting alone in a hospital room.”

The team also offers patients other creative activities, including music, storytelling, journaling, guided meditations, prayer and religious rituals for those who identify with specific faith or Christian denominations.

Please visit here for more information about what the Pastoral Services team can offer you in hospital.

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