Month: October 2021

5 Types of Blogs You Can Make

Blogs You Can Make

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Blogging is a great hobby to start because you can write about basically anything. This means that you can write about the thing you love the most, and the blogging experience will just be about sharing your experience.

Furthermore, you get the opportunity to improve your writing.

The Steps to Start

Starting a blog is easy and does not require a lot of technological skills. The first thing you need to do is find out what you want to write about, there will be some examples below if you need inspiration.

Then you must find a fitting name that tells something about you and your blog and is easy to remember for your readers. You can use a website like domainify.com for help to come up with the perfect name.

Lastly, it is time to create the actual blog. You can do this from scratch if you have some web developing experience, get help from a professional, or use templates online. Now, let’s look at some popular topics.

Traveling

If there is one thing that never goes out of style, it is traveling. Most people are very interested in seeing all the parts of this beautiful world and are often looking for tips when traveling or inspiration for destinations.

If you like to travel, can take good pictures and have some experience, then writing about your journeys could be the way to go.

Mindfulness

A lot of people are finding value in ways of working on themselves. This can be through meditating or other ways to practice mindfulness.

This could be the perfect topic for you to write about if you find it interesting. You can also write about manifesting and generally finding positive ways of living life.

Food

We have all been in the situation where we don’t know what to eat, and we go to the internet for inspiration. This is also when we are very thankful for food bloggers because they post delicious recipes.

If you can find your way around the kitchen and have inspiring dishes to share, then you should get into food blogging. You could, for example, focus on healthy eating, or quick recipes for large families.

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Fitness

Staying healthy is important, and so is providing people with the right information.

You might have some experience from the gym, or you are a personal trainer looking for a hobby besides going to the gym? These would be the perfect people to start a fitness blog because they know what they are talking about.

Try to incorporate some workout videos on your blog, it is great for engagingly attracting new readers.

Animals

We all love our furry friends, and there is something quite special about looking at videos and pictures of cute animals.

You can start an animal blog and upload beautiful pictures and facts about cats, dogs, rabbits, and many other animals.

This theme is perfect for those with the experience of owning a pet!

No matter what subject area you choose to write about, it is always a good idea to read up on what’s going on within the field you’re throwing yourself into.

The digitization works fast and a lot of new trends are emerging all the time. To stay up to date with what’s happening, visit thenextweb.com.

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How Regulated Is Your Nervous System Right Now?


It has happened to all of us. One stressor after the other and all of a sudden we feel paranoid about something we would never think about normally. Or we feel more sensitive and triggered. Or we fall for a scam. Or we shout at our dog. Or…

It’s normal, we all get dysregulated at times. So, what does ‘dysregulated’ actually mean?

It means a Nervous System that feels under threat and has lost its capacity to regulate its fear response. In human terms: It means feeling unsafe.

The funny part is that sometimes we can be dysregulated and not even notice for days, months, years even. We call that burn-out, or stress, or PTSD even.

And if we have a lot of people around us suffering from the same affliction, we might start calling it ‘normal’. And that, my friends, is a slippery slope down the path of delusion, paranoia and un-kindness.

It’s good to pause every now and again and check in with ourselves, how ‘regulated’, meaning happy and human do we actually feel?

Here is a checklist to help you see if it’s time to take better care of yourself

 1. Sleep

How is your sleep? Can you fall asleep easily and do you sleep peacefully? Do you wake up refreshed? Or is your head busy with ‘stuff’ keeping you from properly resting?

If you are not sleeping well, it means your system is more stressed than is healthy. It means your NS is in overdrive, trying to process the input of information you received that day but can’t make sense of it, which feels unsafe. If our world doesn’t make sense, how can we rest at night? Anything can happen at any moment; we have to stay on alert. Hence no sleep.

It happens to all of us sometimes of course, but if it’s an ongoing thing maybe you need to have a look at what makes you feel unsafe.

My suggestion here would be: Don’t use your phone at least an hour before going to bed. Don’t use it first thing in the morning. Instead: dim the lights, put some gentle yin yoga music on, cuddle with your human or non-human friend or listen to something that brings you back into your heart. Take time to unwind before bed. It makes a huge difference.

2. Groundedness/In touch with the Body

How grounded do you feel right now? If you don’t know what that means think of how you feel after one day of sitting in front of the computer and how you feel after a good dance or hike in nature?

Grounded means feeling alive and connected to your physicality. It means being in the here and now. It means being at ease and trusting that you can respond to your environment moment by moment. It means a willingness and capacity to move in free and spontaneous ways (like dancing and skipping and playing).

If you are feeling alive you are also feeling some sense of pleasure and enjoyment. So how much pleasure is there in your body right now? Or is your head spinning with thoughts/ideas/emotions, and your shoulders are tight? Which brings us to the next point:

3. Needs

If we are connected to our bodies, it naturally follows we are connected to our needs. Right now: how do you feel? And what do you need?

If you do feel stressed, are you aware of what you need in order to release some of that tension?

People who know how to regulate their NS, are in touch with their senses, able to track when they are going over their limits. They are able to get up from the desk and shake or do some exercises in order to bring themselves into balance. If they are triggered, they are able to take a pause and track what’s happening inside themselves. If they feel vulnerable and shaky, they are able to reach out to a friend and ask for a listening ear or a hug.

Taking care of those needs gives an immediate sense of relief and relaxes the NS. It makes us feel safer and less alone. The world starts making a little bit more sense again and feels less threatening. It becomes less about the stories and more about simply being together and the enjoyment of that.

So how well are you taking care of your needs? When was the last time you had a hug? A cry? A laugh? A simple moment of just being?

4. Curiosity

Curiosity implies openness. When we are regulated, that means we feel naturally safe, and therefore able to stay open and curious. We are designed to digest new information and put it together in novel ways, enhancing our ability to make sense of the world around us and find solutions that benefit all.

If, however, you find yourself unable to stay curious when hearing or reading another perspective (one that probably widely differs from your own), it means you are being triggered. A trigger is a sure sign that some part of you feels threatened. You are being challenged in your perspective and identity, and you start feeling unsafe.

If the other side was right, the ground on which you are standing is starting to shake, which means your identity would have to change in order to integrate this new perspective into your own. Hence, we cannot even allow ourselves to see the other position. We close down our natural sense of curiosity. We resort to anger and into blaming and shaming. We perceive ourselves as personally attacked and often feel a victim.

So, track within yourself, do you get triggered easily right now? And if so, can you track it further to which part feels under attack? What do you need to come back to safety?

5. Empathy/Kindness/Open Heart

If we feel safe in ourselves, it’s easy to put ourselves in the shoes of another. Despite all the stories of ‘the survival of the fittest’ (which is really quite outdated), humans are actually programmed for empathy. We love helping. We love feeling. Just remember how good it feels to be generous and kind. Seeing that smile of gratitude on someone else’s face feeds our soul and nourishes our hearts.

When we feel safe, one truth becomes apparent:

You are another me, cleverly disguised as you.

We are literally one. Sure, we have many differences, but we all share the same neurology, body, and heart. We all live on this planet. We all want to feel safe. We all want to be happy. But only when we feel really good (regulated) in ourselves do we have access to truly feeling this.

And this is also where insight and compassion come from. When watching or hearing someone being irrational, negative, or lost in paranoia and hate, you don’t react or get triggered, you simply understand it’s a dysregulated NS, another suffering human being.

You don’t try to meet them with logic (because you remember that that didn’t work for you either when you were in that place),

you don’t shame them or blame them,

you try to make them feel safe,

by showing them that you feel them, that they are not alone. And that there is another way.

6. Laughter

Seriousness is a sign of too much tension in the body. Really.

If life is too much right now, if you are too worried about what’s happening in the world, if your furrow of worry on your forehead is getting too deep, it actually only means you haven’t released some access energy.

Yes, sorry, no matter the amount of how serious you think life is, it will actually never justify you getting all stiff and rigid about it. It just doesn’t help.

I know some feathers are being ruffled here, reading this: what, how dare you suggest I could just laugh at what’s happening? People are dying, the world is collapsing, climate change, poverty, the government, the AI etc.

Yep, I get it. It’s tragic. Disastrous. Painful. So much suffering. And…

also really funny. Absurd. Hilarious. Comic. Ridiculous.

Do you get it?

There comes a moment when we cannot hold this amount of tension any longer and we simply have to let go. Surrender.

We realize that so much of the suffering we have been experiencing actually comes from our own holding on, our own trying to control, molding the world into our limited perspective of how we would like it to be.

When we mature into seeing that we cannot hold on, that that actually hurts us, we release. We release with laughter. Laughing at ourselves for believing that we were ever in control.

It is the best medicine. Try it.

From that kind of release, new energy, and with that new perspective, solutions come. With laughter, we are willing to surrender our own limited perspective and to see the bigger picture. But first, we have to be willing to let go.

So when was the last time you had a good belly laugh?

Sometimes it’s really hard to see ourselves clearly. Especially if we are in the midst of emotionally charged situations. Looking around social media, including Medium, I see a lot of amygdala’s fired up into a frenzy.

Can’t blame anyone either, as we are really in a collective shit-show of epic proportions, but the question is what are we going to do about it?

There is no shame in being dysregulated. The shame is in pretending that you are not and calling it ‘normal’.

If we are really worried about others and what’s happening in the world, let this be where we start from: taking care of ourselves first, regulating our Nervous System, so we feel grounded, open, connected, light, and above all kind. And then reminding others how to do the same.

So, we all remember what it means to be human on this beautiful planet.


Kasia Patzelt works as an Embodiment Coach and is passionate about integrating our spiritual experiences into the here and now of daily life aka how to be truly heart intelligent. She is a writer on Medium and works one-on-one with people online or on the magic island of Ibiza, where she lives. www.kasiapatzelt.com

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Why Your Inner Garden Contains Your Transformation Secrets


Here’s a quote that illustrates the power of transforming your inner garden to bring about transformation in your reality. “Flowing water never decays.” I first heard this teaching from Wayne Dyer talking about getting into the flow of Spirit.

Dive deeper into this subject on the latest episode of The Growth Farming Podcast here.

Over the past four months, I’ve been studying a lot of Neville Goddard, Florence Shinn, and Ernest Holmes. They were the pioneers of teaching modern metaphysics and the law of attraction.

They all teach about states of consciousness and how to shift into higher states to create the life you desire.

Florence is big on the power of words and thoughts. Neville is big on combining thought and feeling. Ernest is very condensed in his methods and uses a combination of both thought, belief, and feeling.

All of them teach that the power to create is in the mind and heart.

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Why creation is not in circumstances or experiences

We’re all too often shaped and conditioned by what our senses tell us. What we see, hear, taste, touch, or feel is how we think things are. Yet it’s the inner world (the garden of your mind and heart) that actually creates your outer world.

Using their teachings (Neville, Ernest, and Florence), the Bible is full of insights and directions on the creative power inside all of us to make the world as we imagine it. Yet we’re conditioned to not trust our imaginations.

Jesus said to be like children as we come to God. To come with complete trust and faith.

Also, the mind of a child is one of infinite openness to possibilities and the belief that wonders are normal things. As we get older, we’re taught to come down to earth or think rationally, letting our imaginations alone.

This conditioning stagnates our creative abilities because it blocks the divine flow of Love and creativity. The Divine says that all things are possible.

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Stuck water decays because it becomes stagnant

The ego or intellect wants safety and security, but not necessarily peace and abundance. It wants only to survive. Status-quo is therefore its main objective.

The survival mechanism isn’t a tool for growth and thriving. Often times this survival mechanism will try to keep you stuck in the past. Repeating stories of painful experiences and then telling that this is how life really is.

This is the real enemy spoken of in scripture, not some external evil that is trying to harm you. It’s the negative, destructive thoughts of limitation and fear that create mini-worlds of destruction and pain.

Everything comes from within, not from without. Meaning, all that we see and experience is the fruit of the inner workings of humankind.

The subconscious is reflecting back to us what is inside it by projecting the thoughts and feelings on the screen of the world.

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This leads us to ask some very essential questions

How do we remove the decay and limiting beliefs inside this river of our minds? 

Can you change your inner consciousness to operate from the divine infiniteness of all possibilities? 

How can someone who has experienced painful heartbreak, poverty, and struggle escape these conditions to experience blissful relationships, prosperity, and ease? 

What some great teachers have to say about this

“Man awake is under compulsion to express his subconscious impressions. If in the past he unwisely impressed himself, then let him begin to change his thought and feeling, for only as he does so will he change his world. Turn from appearances and assume the feeling that would be yours were you already the one you wish to be. Feeling a state produces that state.” –Neville Goddard, Feeling Is The Secret 

“Power is, and mind is, and life is; but they have to flow through us in order to express in our lives. We are dealing with law; and nature must be obeyed before it will work for us. We provide the thought form around which the divine energies play and to which they attract the conditions necessary for the fulfillment of the thought.  When we give a treatment this is all that we have to do but before we can do even this we have to clear our minds of all fear, of every sense of separation from the Divine Mind. Nothing can happen to use that is not first an accepted belief in our own consciousness.  There is something which waits only our recognition to spring into being, bringing with it all the power in the universe.”–Ernest Holmes, Creative Mind and Success

“We are told in the fifty-fifth Psalm, to ‘cast thy burden upon the Lord.’ Many passages in the Bible state that the battle is God’s not man’s and that man is always to ‘stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.’ The superconscious mind (or Christ within) is the department which fights man’s battles and relieves him of burdens. It seems almost impossible to make any headway directing the subconscious from the conscious, as the reasoning mind (the intellect) is limited in its conceptions and filled with doubts and fears. How scientific it then is, to cast the burden upon the superconscious mind (or Christ within) where it is ‘made light’ or dissolved of its native nothingness.” –Florence Scovel Shinn, The Game Of Life and How To Play It

The fruit of life comes from the garden of the mind and heart

You must change your impression of yourself and your conditions internally.

This is the work of the individual, not any outside influence or event.

The transformation we all want to experience, whether it be from pain to happiness or struggle to ease, or even from glory to glory, is an internal process of clearing out our minds of all that produces beliefs in lack and shortage, limitations and scarcity, fear and doubt.

This is a conscious choice to make on a daily basis to address yourself with Grace and gentleness, not hostility and frustration.

Grace and gentleness are feeling states

The subconscious mind, which is molding your outward experiences through what you plant inside with your thoughts and feelings, is the soil in which the seeds you plant take root. It’s a combination of thought and feeling which produce the fruits of your life.

That’s why the focus of everything I teach with Growth Farming is on the heart and mind garden, the feeling and the thoughts.

The inner work is the spiritual component. It is the river of life that flows from within. As your soul harmonizes with Love using your heart and mind, transformation occurs.

We can block and hinder the infinite spirit from doing its divine work if we maintain beliefs of limitation and scarcity, or of doubt and fear.

Love is abundant and always giving

Yet if we don’t allow ourselves to believe in this truth, we will create experiences that conform to the internal conditioning of the subconscious mind that has only been given figurative weeds and thorns.

All life inside is constantly striving for survival against such negative thoughts and feelings.

The way out of this is to become aware of what is pervasive inside your inner garden.

Do you feel perpetual states of hurt, pain, loneliness, fear, doubt, and worry? Are you constantly questioning your worthiness of Love, happiness, or success?

Do you feel and believe (consciously or unconsciously) that your worth is validated by the actions and attitudes of other people towards you?

If so, it’s ok. We all are conditioned to believe that our experiences are what is real and what is true. But that’s not how life actually is.

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Everything is a reflection of your inner state of consciousness

Your conditioned beliefs shape your consciousness, which then shapes your experiences.

What is inside of you is reflected on the screen of the human experience. Or as Neville teaches, “Everything and everyone is YOU PUSHED OUT.

So what can you do to change your state of consciousness?

What is the key to transforming your inner world to reflect your wishes fulfilled in the realm of your senses?

Believe and trust in the power of Divine Love. And know that this Love is already inside of you.

How do I know that Love is already inside of you?

I was in a very similar space not long ago. Heartbroken and emotionally crushed, I felt completely worthless after experiencing a very painful divorce.

I quit my coaching business. Inside my inner garden was no confidence or belief in myself. Instead,  there was a very long-term inner belief that Love and success were the product of years of struggle.

When I was finally brought to a place of feeling below rock bottom, I was confronted with the truth: I had attracted to me everything I believed was true of myself.

All the pain, misery, struggle, and suffering was the harvest of decades of internal planting of negative beliefs and stories of fear and lack.

One day, I heard a still small voice whisper to me in my lowest brokenness. “You don’t know how to Love yourself, and this is the cause of all your pain.”

It was at this point that I began to make a change in my inner world through my thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and actions. I sought the Christ-mind, the Divine Source of all Love and abundance. It met me where I was and has never left.

This was the beginning of my own awakening and transformation.

And if I can go through a proverbial hell and come out whole on the other side, you can too. This is what I teach in more depth through my book Be Solid: How To Go Through Hell & Come Out Whole.

Cultivating Love from within is the key to all positive change

This practice still requires my active conscious participation in clearing out beliefs, thoughts, and attitudes of that don’t serve my highest good. So that the Divine Love of peace, abundance, and success can flow freely and fluidly throughout my life, relationships, business, and endeavors.

It also requires commitment and consistency. All transformation and change is a process.

Anyone seeking instant and immediate results needs to first focus on your inner garden as being the main thing. As your feelings and thoughts change, your outer world reflects this back to you.

It all begins with a choice. A conscious choice. An inner decision.

Only you can make this choice and change

Once you begin, be faithful to yourself and to the process of clearing out your mind from anything that doesn’t serve you.

There are a few select tools I use daily for this. I’ve written and talked about them at length in my book Be Solid: How To Go Through Hell & Come Out Whole, which is a blueprint and playbook for overcoming fear and negative beliefs to live a life of self-Love and acceptance.

I also teach these tools in my online training programs and private coaching practice. A few to mention here are daily journaling, affirmations, and meditation.

These three tools, when used with the power of the Divine Mind (super-consciousness/Christ-mind/Holy Spirit) create the change that produces life as you WISH it to be.

Being conscious of what you are planting inside yourself allows you to experience growing Love from within.

Accept yourself as you are right now. This is Grace. This is Love.

If you feel bad or have negative feelings, do not reject yourself. Accept yourself. “It’s Ok, I Love You,” is a beautiful affirmation that clears negativity because you send Love to yourself. Love overcomes all fear.

Send Love to yourself at all times

Love is abundant. If you find yourself thinking in terms of limitations or scarcity, change your thoughts to those of plenty and abundance.

Find a place to walk outside and notice the abundance of grass, trees, birds, clouds, or anything in nature. Breathe in this abundance and give thanks for it. Gratitude is an attraction force.

If you notice that you have inner thoughts of negativity towards yourself, change them with affirmations. Many great affirmations are in my books.

Others that have helped me are in the books of Florence Scovell Shinn, Wayne Dyer, and Jenn Sincero.

This is what I teach in-depth through the 21 Days To Be The Peace Training Program. Affirmations are declarations of Love that plant seeds inside yourself for the tree of Life to grow from within you. You cultivate these seeds with meditation and journaling to produce the changes you want.

Your inner transformation is then reflected back to you with abundant Love, happiness, and prosperity.

This is the key to having the life of your dreams.

Here’s everything you need to grow in this practice

In summary:

  • It’s the inner world and inner work that actually creates our outer experiences.
  • Your inner beliefs back what is inside it by projecting the thoughts and feelings on the screen of the world.
  • The transformation from pain to happiness or even from glory to glory is an internal process.
  • Become aware of what is pervasive inside your inner garden of the mind and heart garden (belief and feeling).
  • Choose to foster a new set of beliefs and cultivate these daily to experience the transformational changes you desire.

*This article was originally published on dgrantsmith.com.


D Grant Smith is known as the Growth Farmer, which means he has an old-fashioned approach to living a whole & healthy life. Get his free ebook called Love Is The Seed To Success, that gives help in healing relationships and growing healthy ones. His new book Be Solid: How To Go Through Hell & Come Out Whole is about the journey into self-love and self-care after heartbreak and personal loss. He’s an empowerment superhero who would love to give you encouragement so feel free to reach out!

What You Need to Know about Creative Therapy

Creative Therapy

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Creative therapy uses art-based activities, such as music and dance, to help treat emotional and mental health conditions.

Creative therapy is a form of therapy that encourages a person to work through their issues using art-based exercises. Keep reading to learn more about creative therapy, including the types, how they work, and some conditions they may help with.

What Is Creative Therapy?

Creative therapy uses art forms – such as dance, drawing, or music – to help treat certain conditions. Trained therapists can administer creative therapy to help people experiencing a range of mental, emotional, and physical issues.

Creative therapy does not require a person to have any sort of artistic ability.

Part of creative therapy is helping a person channel their thoughts and emotions through artistic expression. For these reasons, creative therapy may be beneficial for people who have difficulty expressing their feelings verbally.

Once a person has created a piece of art, for example, they can discuss their choices with the therapist. Talking with a therapist about their creation can help the person process how they are feeling.

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How Can Creative Exercises Be Beneficial?

There are many conditions that can benefit from the use of creative therapy. According to the American Art Therapy Association, people can use creative therapy to:

  • Improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions
  • Improve self-esteem and self-awareness
  • Enhance social skills
  • Build emotional strength
  • Encourage insight into situations that are causing issues
  • Resolve conflict or distress

It is suggested that the creative therapy could be useful for:

  • Helping a person build relationships
  • Helping a person have a better understanding of themselves
  • Providing a distraction from pain or illness
  • Giving a person a sense of personal achievement
  • Providing relaxation or empowerment

Creative therapy may help treat:

  • Mental health conditions
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Trauma
  • Stress
  • Chronic illnesses, such as cancer
  • Head injuries
  • Substance misuse issues
  • Physical or developmental disabilities
  • Dementia

Creative therapy is all about how it can help people experiencing stress. It is shown that taking part in creative therapy significantly reduced a person’s stress levels.

Creative Therapy has various positive impacts on people with dementia, cancer, heart failure, HIV or AIDS, or end stage renal disease.

Types of Creative Therapy

There are various types of creative therapy that a person may benefit from. Certain creative therapies may be more useful for specific conditions.

A person may want to speak with a therapist or another healthcare professional to determine which type of creative therapy could work best for them.

Alternatively, a person may find that they are drawn to a particular form of creative therapy. The person may even discover that they benefit from drawing or sculpting at home.

However, practicing creative therapy at home will not have the added benefit of speaking with a therapist about one’s creations.

The sections below will look at the various types of creative therapy in more detail.

Music Therapy

In music therapy, a trained music therapist uses musical responses to assess a person’s physical and emotional well-being.

A music therapy session may involve:

  • Musical improvisation
  • Listening to music
  • Song-writing
  • Discussing lyrics
  • Music performance
  • Discussing music and imagery
  • Learning through music

Music can help a person relax and process emotions. Music therapy can be useful for people of all ages. Specifically, this form of creative therapy may benefit people who have:

  • Mental health conditions
  • Learning, developmental, or physical disabilities
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Substance misuse issues
  • Brain injuries
  • Acute or chronic pain, including labour-related pain

People with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease had improved memory, orientation, depression, and anxiety levels following music therapy sessions.

Another study does indicate that listening to music, especially classical combined with jazz, has a positive effect on people with depression.

Dance Therapy

  • Dance therapy involves the use of movement to enhance a person’s emotional, social, cognitive, and physical well-being. Dance therapists aim to help a person:
  • Improve their self-esteem and body image
  • Develop communication skills
  • Build relationships
  • Create options for dealing with problems
  • Discover the reasons for certain patterns of behaviour
  • Expand their movement levels

Dance therapy can be useful for people who have social, developmental, medical, physical, or psychological issues.

The use of dance therapy may be beneficial for adults with depression. Further research indicates that dance therapy can decrease anxiety and depression levels while increasing cognitive skills and quality of life.

Poetry Therapy

In poetry therapy, a therapist uses the reading or writing of poetry to help a person understand their feelings and those of others. Poetry therapy may be useful when treating cancer. It suggests that participants could use poetry to express their thoughts and emotions, and that poetry may help them feel like part of a community.

Art Therapy

Art therapy uses various art forms such as painting, drawing, or sculpting to help a person:

  • Develop social skills
  • Reduce their anxiety
  • Enhance their reality orientation
  • Increase their self-esteem
  • Explore their feelings
  • Reconcile emotional conflicts
  • Manage their behaviour
  • Promote self-awareness

An art therapist can look at a piece that a person has created and help them discuss the feelings involved in its creation. The act of creating art can also help soothe and relax a person.

The effects of creative therapy on adults over 60 years of age who were at risk of dementia. They found that sessions involving drawing and storytelling led to improved cognitive function in these adults up to 6 months later.

Drama Therapy

The aim of drama therapy is to provide a person with a platform to share their thoughts and feelings. Drama therapy can help a person share their inner experiences through:

  • Improvisations
  • Theatre games
  • Storytelling
  • Enactment

Drama therapy can be useful for people of all ages, and it may be particularly beneficial to those who:

  • Have been to prison
  • Have been without a home
  • Have HIV or AIDS
  • Are older adults
  • Are receiving treatment for behavioral health issues
  • Are recovering from addiction
  • Have a “dysfunctional” family
  • Have developmental disabilities
  • Have experienced trauma
  • Have mental health conditions

Drama therapy may have a positive effect on the self-perception and self-expression of students with mental health or behavioural conditions.

Risks and Flaws in Creative Therapies

It is indicated that some people experience anxiety, an increase in pain, and unresolved emotions with creative therapy.

However, these effects only occurred in two studies, so further research is necessary to confirm these findings.

It is important that qualified creative therapists administer creative therapy to ensure that a person receives the treatment they need. However, art therapists also note that other professionals may not take them seriously, which could lead to people missing out on creative therapy referrals.

Furthermore, these therapies rely on the person being able to engage with the creative activity. Some people may not feel comfortable with this, in which case creative therapy may not be ideal for them.

Summary

Creative therapy is a form of therapy that involves a person receiving treatment through art-based activities. Creative therapy can have many benefits and seems to be useful for people with various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.

There are many forms of creative therapy, each providing treatment in different ways. A person can speak with a healthcare professional about which type of creative therapy may suit them best.

About the Author
Trishna Patnaik

Trishna Patnaik is a BSc (in life sciences) and MBA (in marketing) by qualification but an artist by choice. Previously a corporate professional, she realized that she wanted to do something more meaningful. She found her true calling in her passion, painting. Trishna is now a full-time professional painter based in Mumbai, as well as an art therapist and healer.

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The One You Feed – Ep. 442: Inner Freedom Through Mindfulness

In this episode we discuss:

  • The first step to dealing with difficult emotions is seeing and accepting what’s there
  • How practicing mindfulness expands your window of tolerance
  • Tools to help us remember the vastness
  • Remembering that our story is always changing
  • How we are bound to experience both the beauty and pain in life
  • The importance of compassion
  • How there are many simple practices to transform our heart and mind
  • Choosing the best spiritual practices based on what we’re drawn to
  • The possibility of seeing the Buddha-nature in every human being
  • The refuge in community and how we need each other
  • Trusting that we’re part of something bigger than ourselves
  • Learning to trust our inner knowledge, heart, and body
  • Accepting our fear and understanding that growth comes after fear
  • The doubting mind and our capacity to recognize it
  • Learning to not judge the thoughts that come up in meditation
  • How we all have the seeds of awakening within us

 

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Parasocial Relationships: Feeling a Connection With People We’ve Never Met

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“Parasocial relationships” are one-way relationships we develop with celebrities, media personalities, or fictional characters from TV shows, movies, or books. While they are normal and healthy, we have to be careful that they don’t replace our need for real-world connection.


Have you ever felt a strong connection with someone you’ve never met before?

Perhaps it was a media personality on the news, or a celebrity on social media, or even a fictional character from a TV show, movie, or book?

Sometimes these connections can feel so real that when you finally finish a book or TV show, you actually feel like you’ve lost an important friend or family member in your life. You start thinking, “I can’t believe I’ll never see Jim from The Office again, I’m going to miss him!” as if he was a real person you used to hang out with all the time.

In psychology, these illusory relationships are known as parasocial interactions. They refer to our ability to develop real feelings of friendship and affection toward people who don’t exist (or people who don’t know we exist).

These are always one-way relationships. We become emotionally invested in these characters and people that have never had a conversation with us or paid attention to us.

The term “parasocial interaction” was first coined by psychologists Richard Wohl and Donald Horton in the 1950s. They studied how mass media audiences developed relationships with news anchors and commentators whom they would watch every single night and begin to feel a bond with. “It’s 6 o’clock, time to put Walter Cronkite on!”

Since then the term has evolved to include a wide range of “fictional relationships,” including with celebrities, politicians, social media influencers, podcast hosts, and characters from TV shows, movies, video games, and books.

A lot of factors can influence us to seek these parasocial relationships.

To start, these relationships are likely more common in today’s world where everyone is plugged into technology, media, and the internet.

Our modern social world is filled with supernormal stimuli that is designed to take our natural instincts – such as building relationships and developing a sense of belonging – and hijack them in unhealthy ways. Instead of going out on the weekend and hanging out with friends, we’d rather just stay home and binge watch our favorite TV show on Netflix.

I’m sure everyone can think of at least one example where they felt a “parasocial relationship” with someone; even celebrity deaths seem to hit us much harder because we feel more connected to these people through social media and tabloids.

One recent study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found evidence that people’s parasocial bonds increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. This makes perfect sense, as people went through lockdowns and quarantining we were naturally motivated to seek our “social fix” through other means.

Everyone has a deep need to feel connected with others, no matter how introverted they are. When this need isn’t met in our real world relationships, we will often seek them through media, television, movies, or books.

Having parasocial relationships isn’t necessarily bad, but when these relationships seem to replace real world relationships then it can become a cause for concern.

If a person doesn’t have many friends – or they suffer from social anxiety, loneliness, or depression – they may look toward these parasocial relationships to get their “social fix.” But at the same time, they may be cutting themselves off from developing real world relationships that are far more fulfilling and meaningful in the long-term.

The Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam has done a lot of research over the years looking into the effects of media and technology on our relationships and sense of community.

His famous book Bowling Alone documents how our feelings of “community,” “belonging,” and “trust” have declined over the past half century. One example of this, as the title suggests, is the decline of participation in things like bowling leagues, books clubs, and other local groups over the decades.

When you ask most people, they don’t feel like they have a sense of belonging in their everyday lives, and one key contributor Putnam identifies is the isolating effects of mass media and television.

Instead of having neighbors over for dinner, or going out on the weekends, or having children play outside with friends, we are more likely to just sit in our living rooms and watch TV, play video games, or surf the web. Again, these can provide us a cheap “social fix,” but they can also hurt our real-world relationships.

Are your parasocial relationships becoming a substitute for real world relationships?

If your answer is “Yes,” it may be time to shift your focus to having more real world social interactions.

Here are ideas to get your real-world social muscles moving again:

  • Start with 10 second relationships, even if it’s just idle chit chat with someone at the bus stop or grocery store, or saying “Hi” to your neighbors (it’s surprising how many people don’t even do this anymore).
  • Reach out to old friends and family to check up on them and see how they are doing. One easy way to preserve social connections is to simply take the extra time to reach out through a phone call, text, or email (most people will appreciate you making the effort to reconnect).
  • Make it a goal to do one social activity per week, such as going out on the weekend with friends, checking out a new restaurant with family, or having people over for a “movie night” or “game night.”

Often times loneliness and social anxiety can become self-fulfilling. The more we isolate ourselves, the easier it becomes to cut ourselves off from the rest of the world.

It can be difficult to reverse that pattern, but as you begin having positive social interactions again, you’ll notice the social buzz of real-world relationships is often much more satisfying than just consuming media by yourself.

We can’t deny our social nature. To find happiness and meaning in life, we need to embrace our social lives more, even if it isn’t always comfortable or pleasant. In the long-term, it’s worth it.


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