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Mental Health Advice From a Tarot Reading

Mental Health Advice From a Tarot Reading

Recently I got mental health advice from a tarot reading. I’ll be the first to admit I’m skeptical about tarot (Alternative Mental Health Information). But recently I got a reading that was empowering. The reading had three pieces of mental health advice I will share since they’re good for everyone to know.

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Your Mental Health Toolbox: Journaling As Self-Care

Your Mental Health Toolbox: Journaling As Self-Care

A mental health diagnosis carries with it both distress and blessings.

Distress emanates from the depression, stigma, the delicate balance of medication, therapy and building a positive support system.  Blessings come from learning passionate self-care and finding expressive outlets for the sometimes overwhelming emotions and triggers.

Enter journaling.  Journaling can take many forms:  Old school on paper, digitally in journaling programs such as Penzu, a password protected journaling app (penzu.com) or Day One, an app for your mobile device (http://dayoneapp.com/) or art journaling, which combines text, color and a multitude of available mediums for self-expression.

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Mantras and Recovery: Mind Over What’s The Matter

Mantras and Recovery: Mind Over What’s The Matter

Can adding mantras to your self-care routine help with your mental health recovery?

For many, the answer is yes.  As we think, we become.  When we choose to change our thought processes, we have the ability to become more resilient, to change the way our brain neurons fire and to choose courageously to move forward.   Science agrees. In a 2009 study, Italian physicians studied the effect on the cardiovascular system of reciting the Ave Maria, the rosary or a yogic mantra.  The result:  Prayer and mantras increased cardiovascular function when  recited six times a minute.  SOURCE:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC61046/

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Mental Health Recovery is a Journey, Not A Destination

Mental Health Recovery is a Journey, Not A Destination

I would like to take a moment to thank Natalie Jeanne Champagne for doing such a wonderful job with the blog, sharing from her heart and being a strong advocate for mental health and mental health recovery. I wish her well in all of her endeavors.

Components of Mental Health Recovery

My goal for the blog will be to discuss resilience, offer encouragement and share coping techniques I’ve found helpful in my own mental health recovery.

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Is There a Connection Between Creativity and Mental Illness?

Is There a Connection Between Creativity and Mental Illness?

I could present you with thousands  of research papers on this topic. All of them usually mention artists such as Van Gogh and writers like Sylvia Plath.

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Visualizing Mental Illness

Visualizing Mental Illness

This blog, Recovering from Mental Illness, allows me to explore many different topics. This post, “Visualizing Mental Illness” might be a bit tough to delve into, but I believe it’s an important, albeit confusing, issue. Let’s give it a fair shot.

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Feeling Terminally Unique and Different

Feeling Terminally Unique and Different

Right. Here I go again—another strange phrase that may be construed as useless. I could title this blog “I Am Different.” Or, to push any thoughts of narcissism aside–“We Are Different” might work well. But that doesn’t  work. Not really. Particularly among the masses where people are both similar and dissimilar. First, let’s take a look at the core of the words unique and different. Do they generally mean the same thing?  Let’s check with my coffee stained Thesaurus (I have given up the notion that I will not use it in my posts—no complaints yet.

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Depression is Terrifying

Depression is Terrifying

Picture this: You are sitting in your psychiatrists office. The office is large. She has a large desk that is sitting in the corner near the window. The blinds are always closed. The halogen lights seem much too bright–they hurt your eyes. Eyes that consistently threaten to close, and you wish you were back home where it is dark. Back home where you can pretend there is nothing wrong. But there is: that is why you are sitting across from your doctor, across the small oval table. Your eyes glance at the stagnant art and your heart races.  Your hands are sweating. Your mind is moving too quickly or not fast enough.

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Recovering from Mental Illness: Creative and Conventional Self-Care

Recovering from Mental Illness: Creative and Conventional Self-Care

Yes, we have all been told that self-care is instrumental when recovering from a mental illness. We have probably been told that we need to eat a balanced diet, sleep eight hours a night, drink enough water, exercise on a regular basis, form positive relationships, frequent our psychiatrist, reach out to others in the community, take our medications, practice yoga…The list goes on. Extensively. It is worthy of a 1,000 page book.

Conventional Self-Care

I like to think of conventional self-care as prescribed self-care. It is as important as the prescriptions you take to find or maintain wellness. As stated above, the list of self-care  recommendations are numerous. Let’s focus on a few.

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Creativity and Recovering From Mental Illness

Creativity and Recovering From Mental Illness

When I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, despite my young age, I was told that I would need to take medication. Probably for the rest of my life. I wondered, as many people do, if medication would change me. Sure, I was told it would make me well and make my life easier, but I was not sure what that really meant. Would I still be me?

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