Ella Mesma Company

The Getting Better Box

When I was ill as a child, my Mum used to bring out ‘The Getting Better Box’… essentially it was a cardboard box with some toys inside… it didn’t make me better, but as a child, it was a magical thing to open that box only when I was ill and behold the goodies inside… sometimes I tried to fake sickness just for the box… plus calpol of course!

This was the inspiration for the offerings below, and we would love to hear your thoughts!

The Getting Better Box: Lockdown 1

We recognise that at this difficult time, we may need support more than ever, and that we will all be experiencing some levels of trauma, whether mildly or if we have been more closely affected.

In my experience, trauma isn’t something we can just talk out, but that we also need to move out and work with the body, and so in this time of difficulty… I decided to make a Getting Better Box that included as many options of practises, options of release, and suggestions for ‘how to be better?’: practises to decolonize our minds and be anti-racist. 

This was by no means an answer to all our problems, but (and especially with with digital overwhelm), I hoped that providing a collection of anti racist invitations, wellbeing tips, classes by amazing artists, events to attend, meditations to listen to and somatic practices, funding opportunities, etc, in one place, we may offer some relief… 

The Getting Better Box: Lockdown 2/3

,After recognising my own burn out after lockdown 1, I needed to take some time out, and some time for reflection. 

After that rest, my creative juices came back, and I began to develop the next phase of The Getting Better Box.

We have been collaborating with some incredible artists to create this new take on our getting better box which involves performance, art, creativity and post boxes! Watch this space to find out more soon…

Resources to (in the words of Hot Brown Honey) Activate, Pollinate, Hydrate, pollinate: http://ellamesma.co.uk/anti-racism

Meditations: http://ellamesma.co.uk/meditations

Poetry: http://ellamesma.co.uk/page-of-poetry

And other stuff: http://ellamesma.co.uk/events-stuff-to-watch-do

The Getting Better Box 2

Coming soon...