2014 Dallas Writers Summit: New Study Says That Writing Can Help You Stop Worrying

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Expressive writing can ease the stress brought by anxiety according to a study conducted by Michigan State University. This was a brief topic in the 2014 Dallas Writers SummitIt is but normal that people worry a lot and this can cause stress and other related disorders. However, some people cannot help but overreact to these feelings thus making them stressful when in fact it can be easily managed.

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How To Use Your Creativity To Boost Mental Wellness

Being able to look at a subject matter in a way that others have never imagined before and showing what’s in your mind through creativity is a real talent. Anyone can hold a camera, after all, but not everyone can capture a specific emotion or a motion that well. The same goes for the fact that anyone can use a pen and paper, yet you cannot expect all to be great at writing or drawing.

However, the truth is that only the individuals who have embraced their artistic side and are making a living out of it know how to use creativity for their mental stability’s sake. Many pour their feelings into blogs; some express their thoughts with every stroke of the brush on a canvas. The others who chose a non-artistic path but quite have a creative instinct have qualms about doing the same, thus making themselves more prone to developing a psychological disorder that’s induced by stress, anger, grief, lack of confidence, etc.

Considering you got some artistic bones in you, and you don’t want to suffer from an illness that affects your brain function, you should utilize your creativity to boost mental wellness. Here’s how you can do that effortlessly.

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Focus On Self-Expression

For any form of art that you decide to take on a more serious level, you ought to ensure that it will allow you to express yourself in the best way possible. Say, if you have exceptional verbal skills, you can try spoken poetry or single. If you are excellent with your hands, you may draw, sculpt, or paint. In case your movements are fluid, you can dance or do improvisation. Thus, your thoughts don’t get stuck in your mind for too long.

Make Arts And Crafts Your Hobby

Now, assuming you are too shy to put yourself out there and show everyone your artistic capabilities, you are free to start with making arts and crafts as your pastime. Many tutorials are available online now for every home project that you can do at home easily. Instead of buying pillowcases, for instance, you may learn how to sew or knit them. If there is a wall decoration that you’ve seen at the store, you can recreate that as well.

“The art *process* itself is where the magic happens! It is not about making “good” art — this art is from the inside and it is not always going to look “pretty.” –Elena Lamaak, MA, LMHC

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The sense of fulfillment that you will experience after every successful crafting project allows you to feel awesome deep inside. Not to mention, your brain gets to concentrate on something else other than your worries.

Try An Activity That Will Test Your Problem-Solving Skills

It seems typical for people living with a mental disorder to feel like they cannot separate themselves from the disease at all. The truth, however, is that their ability to solve problems are merely lacking. What helps in this situation is to pick up a new creative activity that can push against your boundaries.

“Intellectual wellness is when you recognize your unique talents to be creative and you seek out ways to use your knowledge and skills. When you foster your intellectual wellness, you participate in activities that cultivate mental growth.” –Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC

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For example, in case you have always sketched stuff on paper, why don’t you start painting on a canvas for a change? If you love photographing still subjects, why don’t you try taking pictures of animate objects? Such activities won’t be annoying since they are within your scope of interest, but they can undoubtedly enable you to think and plan more. Once you come across a real-life issue, therefore, you may apply the same technique you used to resolve your artistic challenges.

“Negative thoughts are just a part of life, but they don’t have to consume you. Instead of trying to ignore those thoughts altogether, try countering them with positive statements.” –John Mayer, Ph.D.

There is no other perfect time to tap into the artist in you to boost your mental wellness than now. Don’t hesitate to show your creativity and utilize it for your well-being. Good luck!

Top 5 Secrets To Help You Deal With Someone Who Has ADHD 

There are several challenges that you will encounter when it comes to dealing with a person who has a mental health issue or problem. Take note that persons who are mentally ill can have different views and opinions about certain things. At the same time, they may also act differently than what is generally expected by the society. In this article, our primary focus is about the secrets on how one can best deal or interact with someone suffering from ADHD.

 

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The Art and Mechanism Of Capturing A Genuine Smile

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Seizing a photo of a smile so pure and so natural is a blessing and a curse.

 

Asking a bunch of people to smile spontaneously for you is not as easy as asking them to say, “Cheese!” Though it has been customary that photographers will let their subjects declare that word draw out an awkward grin, it may not be as effective and the result may not be as satisfying as you may have expected.

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Our Life In A Photograph

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“The thing is each one of us is the total of every moment that we ever experienced, with all the people we’ve ever known, and it’s these moments that become our history, like our own personal greatest hits of memories,” a line from a Hollywood movie, “The Vow.” Indeed, we are but a memory, and we are lucky that our technology, nowadays, lets us capture our precious moments. Today, we can go back to these memories through photographs.

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Why Do You Need To Document Your Special Milestones In Life?

The term “YOLO” or You Only Live Once is gaining traction as a way of living. Thinking in this manner helps us to value our days, especially the mundane. Rather than take life for granted and realize only when it’s too late, as some stories cited in xpresswellnessurgentcare.com/

Pictures are a way of documenting these special milestones. These could be used to have a keepsake of your memories or to educate future generations on your family’s history. Due to the developments in technology today, our generation gets to experience better, faster ways to fossilize our memories in a photograph that we should not take for granted.

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