July 5, 2022


Shopping Works Wonders

Singer-songwriter and Retune founder Tom Ryder explains the SCALES system for improving your mental health and wellbeing

In the first of a new sequence, singer-songwriter and founder of Retune Tom Ryder outlines SCALES, his six-stringed solution to improved wellbeing…

Happy new year. Some persons regard mid-January as a little far too late for these a greeting, but I believe 2022 is a contemporary commence that we can all celebrate. So content new 12 months.

By any requirements, the past two many years have been torrid, regardless of whether you are a little business proprietor like me, a youthful household, an more mature person living alone or any number of other possibilities. Economic stress, reduction and a bombardment of doom and gloom information bulletins have examined even the most resilient of figures.

Tom Ryder in a Retune workshop with pupils at Windhill21 Principal School in Bishop’s Stortford. Picture: Vikki Lince. (54166659)

A great deal has been built of the psychological wellbeing influence of the pandemic, and this is my rationale for composing.

I want to introduce you to this new column that will be operating in the Indie, devoted to psychological wellbeing and wellbeing. It is known as Retune.

I have composed for this newspaper in various capacities considering that its launch in Oct 2017. I have covered music and the arts, and in far more recent instances this has morphed into crafting about the link concerning creativity and wellbeing.

In March 2018 I launched Retune, a Bishop’s Stortford-based mostly organisation that conjures up young men and women to increase their mental health through inventive outlets such as tunes.

We put on dwell shows, operate workshops and curate on line sources. We have been holding our ‘pay what you want / donate what you can’ gigs at The Horn at the 50 % Moon in North Avenue, but this year we are transitioning to South Mill Arts – more on that quickly.

Workshops have been sent all above Hertfordshire and outside of, and we are privileged to be doing work at Windhill21 Key University, the place we have designed a curriculum centered about mental wellness education and learning for Critical Stage Two pupils.

Just as a guitar drops out of tune when it is uncovered to extremes of temperature and tension, we can all be thrown out of tune by what life puts in advance of us. But just like tweaking the tuning heads of a guitar to convey it again to harmony, we can all make smaller adjustments to our emotional wellness.

Retune uses the SCALES system of Sleep, Creative, Active, Listen, Earth and Social (54166510)
Retune employs the SCALES method of Slumber, Innovative, Active, Hear, Earth and Social (54166510)

There are a range of methods we can ‘retune’ ourselves, and discovering a imaginative outlet – that is to say, one thing we can eliminate ourselves in – is a good way to start.

Retune teaches a process known as SCALES – which stands for Sleep, Creative, Active, Listen, Earth and Social – and this is likened to the 6 strings of a guitar.

Rest, Lively and Social are clear adequate: we will need to assure that we are perfectly rested, exercising and all-around liked ones. Being Innovative is about pursuing your passions.

Pay attention usually means listening to your physique by feeding on and consuming well, as effectively as listening to outdoors sources and currently being inspired by the do the job of other folks.

Earth has two meanings, far too: immersing ourselves in mother nature and basically ‘earthing’ ourselves by remaining grounded, slowing down and calming our thoughts.

In the coming weeks, as nicely as telling you all about our wonderful concert events, we will be exploring SCALES in a lot more depth, by talking to some perfectly-regarded Bishop’s Stortford faces about what retains them mentally balanced.

Singer Scarlet Thomas, the 19-year-old former Herts and Essex High School girl who nearly won £500,000 on TV talent show Walk the Line in December, appeared at Retune's gig at The Horn at the Half Moon last September (54166633)
Singer Scarlet Thomas, the 19-calendar year-outdated previous Herts and Essex High College girl who just about won £500,000 on Television set talent clearly show Wander the Line in December, appeared at Retune’s gig at The Horn at the Fifty percent Moon past September (54166633)

If you’d like to be showcased and be place ‘on the SCALES’, make sure you email me at [email protected], or follow what we are up to on socials @RetuneWellbeing.

We have experienced some astounding responses from younger people and we’re doing the job closely with the NHS. I’m determined to supply our information to as quite a few men and women as probable and, as it frequently is, Bishop’s Stortford could be a trailblazer.

It is really far more than a ten years given that I was hospitalised half-a-dozen periods for lousy mental overall health and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. All people should undertake their individual journey, and it takes time to mend and be ready to share your experiences, to clearly show other folks that they are not alone in their struggles.

Soul To Soul Acoustic - former Bishop's Stortford High School student Richard Burrell on guitar and Chloe Blackwell on vocals, were the last headliners at Retune's former home at The Horn at the Half Moon. Picture: mauricesparrow.com (54166642)
Soul To Soul Acoustic – previous Bishop’s Stortford Significant College college student Richard Burrell on guitar and Chloe Blackwell on vocals, were being the very last headliners at Retune’s previous residence at The Horn at the 50 % Moon. Photo: mauricesparrow.com (54166642)

The time is ideal for Retune, and I’m truly hoping 2022 could be our year. I cannot hold out to examine our ideas with you, equipping a lot more people with self-treatment procedures that they can use to truly feel happier and more healthy.

There has under no circumstances been a greater time for us to recover and really feel in tune at the time much more.