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Keep Mayo Well - Switching Off & Being Creative

Keep Well - Switching Off & Being Creative

Switching Off

Switching off and giving some time to yourself to do the things you enjoy doing is so important in looking after your mental wellbeing. Simple activities like being creative, learning something new, spending time in nature or practising relaxation, can help to restore and revive our spirits and help us to keep ourselves well.

Make a plan

With everything that we all have going on in our lives, be it looking after children, working, managing the home, or caring for elderly relatives it can be really hard to find the time for ourselves. Making a plan that includes this time for self-care can really help with your overall wellbeing. Having a scheduled time dedicated to ourselves will help us to feel more in control and less overwhelmed.

So make sure to carve out some time to engage in an activity that you enjoy and that will allow you to be distracted from what is going on around you.

Check out Mayo online Library where they have  ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines and online courses – can be accessed with your library card and PIN. Click 'Online Library' on the options menu above for information on how to access our online services. Or you can telephone any of our libraries for information or email them at if you’d like further details.

There is many Things to do in Mayo to help you switch off and giving some time to yourself to do the things you enjoy doing. Or if you like to do some Yoga, then why not check out our Leisure Complex at Lough Lannagh/The Movement Yoga classes which are on youtube to enjoy.

Being Creative

The Design and Crafts Council Ireland YouTube channel has many step-by-step interactive workshops and short video tutorials in their Get Ireland Making Programme.

On this channel you can:

  • draw or paint
  • learn a new song
  • do an online dance class
  • try knitting and sewing
  • cook or bake

Rainbow Textile Project

Mayo Arts Service collaborated with textile Artist, Katie Moore, in the production of a How to Make a Rainbow video.  This video is subtitled for ease of use. Rainbows have become symbolic with supporting frontline workers. In this video, Katie Moore brings viewers through the steps of creating their own rainbows. The video is 23 minutes long and you can pause and rewind the video to get all the instructions and make the rainbow in your own time.  You will need the below materials to make the rainbow.  Don’t worry if you don’t have all the items to hand, you can make do with what you have to hand.

Materials needed to make the Rainbow:

  • White wool
  • Coloured Wool
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Wire
  • Sellotape

When you have made your rainbow creation, you could display them in your window to bring some light and colour into your space and into the community. We would love for you to share your creations with us here in Mayo Arts Service by sending images of rainbows in the making, and where you have chosen to display your rainbow to

Christmas Crafting with artist Tom Meskell

With Christmas on the horizon after what has been a difficult year for the country, Mayo Arts Service is delighted to present Tom Meskell’s workshop, ‘How to make a Lantern’.

In the absence of being able to provide Arts and Crafts Workshops face to face and to be physically present, Mayo Arts Service has teamed up with Artist Tom Meskell in the production of the ‘How to make a Lantern’ Video. In this video, Tom talks viewers through the steps of creating their own Lanterns. The video is 10 minutes long and the lantern can be created one step at a time and one day at a time, using materials listed below.

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Oil Pastels/crayons
  • Measuring Tape
  • Tin foil
  • Paint

Participants are then invited to display their lanterns in windows, bringing some light and colour into your home this Christmas. We would love for you to share your creations with us here in Mayo Arts Service by sending images of lanterns in the making, and where you have chosen to display your lantern to  

This project is an initiative of Mayo County Council’s Arts Service, strategically funded by Mayo County Council in partnership with the Arts Council with support from Creative Ireland

Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park: Public Art Commission

Share with us your experiences of living near or visiting Ballycroy National Park. Full information on this project can be found here

Further Online Resources

A further comprehensive list of online resources for older people, children, virtual tours, talks & collections and online classes can be found here

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