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Creative Outlets Enhance Your Recovery From Mental Illness

Creative Outlets Enhance Your Recovery From Mental Illness

You can enhance your recovery from mental illness by doing something creative. You can't 'get it wrong' when you use creativity in mental illness recovery.

Creative outlets enhance your recovery from mental illness and can have a remarkable effect on our emotional wellbeing, whether one has a mental illness or not. Art played an integral part early in my recovery from bulimia and schizoaffective disorder, and it remains a very important part of my life today. Art is my medicine, but any creative pursuit can enhance your recovery from mental illness.

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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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Journaling As Self-Care for Your Mental Health Toolbox

Journaling As Self-Care for Your Mental Health Toolbox

Journaling as self-care provides a path to both self-discovery and self-healing.  Creative expression enhances mental health recovery. Learn more - read this.

Journaling for self-care eases the distress inherent in mental illness, mental health stigma and 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. Journaling as a kind of self-care is easy, fun, unique and, above all, beneficial to your mental health (The Mental Health Benefits of Journaling)

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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 Different and Terminally Unique

Feeling Different and Terminally Unique

Feeling different because of a mental illness can be a dangerous belief. It's important to remember everyone struggles. Feeling different isn't safe. Read this.

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.

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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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