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MHFA England Anniversary Conference: An Inspirational Day! By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 16 Nov, 2017 in Mental Health | Comments Off on MHFA England Anniversary Conference: An Inspirational Day! By Jane McNeice

MHFA England Anniversary Conference: An Inspirational Day! By Jane McNeice

Having suffered a couple of months of ‘bloggers block’ and not feeling inspired to write, I have today found the ink in my pen. I had what was an amazing day with other delegates celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England in Birmingham yesterday, and I now feel an overwhelming urge to write about my personal highlights and how inspired I feel to continue the work that is raising mental health literacy. The day was hosted by the lovely ITV news presenter Sameena Ali-Khan. Sameena did a fantastic job of presenting and capturing the stories that were shared. Arriving at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham, I started my day by visiting the market place of MHFA partners, including Place2Be, Street Games, Royal British Legion, and various others. I have to say my purse has taken a substantial hit following a visit to the on-line ‘Dept. Store for the Mind’ since I got home! The Mind Matters offices will look great with the new pictures depicting mental health and wellbeing, and I do hope my son-in-law appreciates his new tea towel – my daughter and son-in-law have an aversion to washing the pots so I thought the tea towel might provide some inspiration to them too. I then made my way for coffee and a saunter, at which point I spotted a familiar face in the crowd. I embarrassingly did the look, look away, look back, hope she doesn’t think I’m a stalker, shall I ask if it’s her, maybe not? After this stop start greeting I found that yes in fact it was the lovely Satveer Nijjar, which left me positively star struck, and for Satveer, perhaps a little put on the spot since she was trying desperately to eat her cake while I bumbled my excitement to her. As an instructor who delivers MHFA on a weekly basis, and who often uses Satveer’s film when covering the topic of self-harm, this was a long overdue meeting, and someone I had especially hoped would be at the conference. I’ve even had course delegates in the past who have met her prior to attending the MHFA training. At this point I thought my day had peaked, oh no, not even the start (sorry Satveer!). Poppy Jaman, feeling star struck again! This was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to meet this amazing lady in the 9 years that I’ve been delivering MHFA courses, and she completely fulfilled my expectations. It was fantastic to hear Poppy highlight how MHFA England started with humble surroundings, a small amount of staff capacity, and its growth into the movement that it has become today. What an inspiring lady and leader, and long may her work continue. After discussions with another instructor at my table during break about her new role as an Associate trainer, and talking about the opportunities this provides, I was then introduced to the inspiring narrative that is the story of Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn. Wow, the joining instructions didn’t say bring tissues! Reminding myself to breath several times whilst listening to their story, which again was very well interviewed by Sameena Ali-Khan, I felt positively reminded as to why the work we do as instructors is so valuable. During the story of how...

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Keep quiet and carry on – The silent menace in the nation’s offices, by DPG

Posted by on 26 Oct, 2017 in Mental Health | Comments Off on Keep quiet and carry on – The silent menace in the nation’s offices, by DPG

Keep quiet and carry on – The silent menace in the nation’s offices, by DPG

58% of UK wouldn’t be comfortable telling their manager about mental health issues. A shocking amount of UK workers have little faith in their employer’s ability to support issues such as mental health, stress and anxiety, a study by CIPD course providers, DPG Plc., has found. The study (which can be viewed in full here alongside a guide to creating a more inclusive workplace culture) found that a worrying 85% of UK workers thought that there was a stigma attached to mental health issues and stress in the workplace. This may be the root cause for the 58% that wouldn’t be comfortable telling their manager if they were suffering from a mental health issue. Compounding this is the finding that just 20% of UK workers thought their manager was fully equipped to support mental health, stress and anxiety issues in the workplace. More than a quarter of respondents (26%) had taken a day off work due to stress and mental health issues and lied about the reason. The findings highlight a disturbing culture that may be leaving vulnerable workers without the help they need, through fear of appearing weak. Paul Drew, managing director at DPG said “These findings highlight a need for change in the workplace, and an increase in how visible support in the workplace is. The problem is that, whilst the support networks may well exist, it seems they’re being drastically underused because people fear looking ineffective, weak or compromised.” According to mental health charity Mind’s resources*, “Ignoring the mental health of your staff comes at a high price. And will only make problems worse. Reduced productivity costs UK businesses up to £15.1 billion a year… [and] stress and other mental health problems are the second biggest cause of work absence, accounting for 70 million lost working days every year.” Paul Drew continues, “The nation has come a long way when it comes to creating an inclusive and supportive society, but there’s still work to be done. Managers need to create an atmosphere of trust and respect, so that workers are never scared or unable to reveal their issues. To do this, managers themselves need to be given the skills they need to tackle sensitive issues effectively and with tact – that comes from HR and leadership teams.” Key findings from DPG’s survey: 58% of UK workers wouldn’t be comfortable telling their manager if they were to suffer from a mental health issue. Only 20% thought their manager was fully equipped to support mental health issues in the workplace. 85% thought there was a stigma attached to mental health issues and stress in the workplace. More than a quarter (26%) had taken a day off work due to stress/mental health issues and lied about the reason.  Women were more likely tell their boss they had a different illness if they took a day off for stress/mental health issues. 18-24-year olds were the most likely to lie about the reason for needing time off in cases of stress and mental health. Ages 18-24 were also least comfortable telling their manager if they were to suffer from a mental health issue – most common reasoning was they worried about being judged. 45-54-year olds most comfortable revealing mental health issues to managers. Case studies: DPG surveyed their community, populated by...

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3 Simple Tools to Boost your Confidence, By Sully Ali

Posted by on 22 Aug, 2017 in Mental Health | Comments Off on 3 Simple Tools to Boost your Confidence, By Sully Ali

3 Simple Tools to Boost your Confidence, By Sully Ali

This blog is going to show you 3 simple and quick tools / methods you can use to boost your confidence. All of these things are quick boosts that you can do to help boost your confidence when you need it, and the more you use them the stronger your confidence will get in the long term, too. They will only take a few minutes to do, but none of them are magic / permanent solutions if all you ever do is use them once for 3 minutes. For best results you should practice them on an ongoing basis or use them at least once a day, and as you keep doing this the changes will really start to build and spill over into your every day life. Enough waffle anyway – here are my top 3 confidence building tools: Positive Affirmations: You are probably sick of hearing about affirmations, but have you actually committed to doing them seriously for any real period of time, or have you thought about doing them, or done them once and dismissed them? Affirmations can sound a little too good to be true, or a little too simple to actually work, but sometimes we look for the magic bullet, the “all powerful” technique, and ignore the simple things which really work if you stick to them. I have been as guilty as anyone of neglecting affirmations, but after really giving them a go I have made some real, and lasting changes in my life. If you are new to affirmations then as a basic definition they are phrases that you repeat to yourself, about yourself, to tell yourself something is true – the idea being that after you have repeated these affirmations over and over you will change your self perceptions, beliefs, and actually become more confident, more motivated, more positive etc. Here are a few possible affirmations for improving confidence: I am naturally confident and outgoing I feel confident in all situations I exude confidence when meeting new people I feel naturally confident both inside and out, at all times All affirmations should be in the first person, and positive, and if you need to you can find various affirmations lists on-line, but I would recommend writing your own – this way they are much more personal. A good way to do this is to brainstorm how you would think and feel about yourself if you were more confident and use these phrases as your affirmations. Usage is simple – repeat your list of affirmations a couple of times on a morning, and then again before you go to bed. If you actually commit to this and do this every day for a month you should notice a real difference. Anchoring: This is one of my favourite quick techniques ever, probably because of it’s simplicity. Anchoring can be a really effective way to change your attitude, beliefs, and even behaviour. Anchoring is basically a way of tying an emotion of feeling to a physical action, and then later reproducing this physical action later when you need to. For example you can tie the emotions and feelings associated with confidence to pinching your index finger. To do some quick anchoring simply think of a time when you felt naturally full of confidence. If you are struggling it...

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The Kilted Rogue Runner, By Jason Nelson

Posted by on 6 Aug, 2017 in Mental Health | Comments Off on The Kilted Rogue Runner, By Jason Nelson

The Kilted Rogue Runner, By Jason Nelson

My name is Jason Nelson aka, ‘The Kilted Rogue Runner’. I am 45 years old, and I live with my family here in Perth Western Australia and this is my journey: I am a Royal Navy veteran and an ex UK and WA Police Officer, I survive Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and associated issues. I’m grateful that I have personally suffered because it has given me the insight into the power of sharing my story to help others. During my life there have been many short stories of trauma that I have been exposed to, and the way I used to deal with them was by locking them away on my sub consciousness bookshelf. Sadly these traumas include being sexually assaulted by a person in a position of trust when I was young, active service in the Royal Navy, the tragic death of a dear friend on my stag night, the devastating loss of my Grandmother, to responding to numerous horrific incidents during a distinguished policing career with Cheshire Police in the UK and here with WA Police. For me, my policing career is from where most of the trauma I have endured still affects me to this day. These include seeing numerous dead bodies, traumatic scenes, delivering death messages, horrific road traffic collisions, observing autopsies and working on covert policing teams in high risk situations. While working on a covert policing team here in Australia my supervising officers, attempted to have me removed from the team for under performing by setting me up to fail during operations. This was happening within two years of moving to Australia and trying to settle my family in to our new life down under. Over a period of 6 months I became severely depressed and as a result I contemplated, planned and attempted suicide. On numerous occasions, in the darkest of that time, I placed the barrel of my loaded service Glock 27 pistol in my mouth with my finger on the trigger and gently squeezed. I was a mess. Thankfully with the help and support of my family I found the strength to report what was happening to me and sought the professional the help I needed, which, along with distance running helped me become mentally fit again. My roller coaster of a journey continued about 3 years ago I underwent surgery for a routine hernia repair, shortly after surgery I suffered a delayed reaction to the anaesthetic and my heart went from a resting 50bpm in my sleep to over 160bpm, the crash team was called and they worked frantically to reduce my heart rate as they readied the defibrillator to shock my heart back to normal rhythm. Unfortunately for me this was the event was the trigger point to all of the trauma short stories falling off my sub conscious bookshelf and reappearing in the fore front of my mind once more. I didn’t understand the symptoms and struggled to cope with what was happening to me, the flash backs, the sensitivity to noise, being hyper vigilant, paranoid and severe anxiety. I tried and failed to deal with it on my own and again became severely depressed and 3 months later had another breakdown. Again I sought professional help and after 12 months working with my Psychologist, and undergoing cognitive...

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Cancer Survivor Launches Much Needed Mental Health Innovation! By Malcolm Watson

Posted by on 24 Jul, 2017 in Mental Health | Comments Off on Cancer Survivor Launches Much Needed Mental Health Innovation! By Malcolm Watson

Cancer Survivor Launches Much Needed Mental Health Innovation! By Malcolm Watson

Cancer Survivor Launches Much Needed Mental Health Innovation The Discus Traffic Light System© Launch Date Monday July 17th 2017.  After surviving two brain haemorrhages and then cancer all within 12 months, Leicestershire based entrepreneur Malcolm Watson then tackled the mental health problems that had clouded his entire adult life. And now he is helping others with similar issues. Following years of suffering stress, anxiety, depression and varying levels of addiction, Malcolm used a unique blend of meditation and mindfulness styled training to create a simple but very effective method of dealing with these problems as and when they arose. The results for himself were so empowering that he decided to trial the system with several friends whom he knew may benefit. These trials were further extended, due to social media contacts, and the results proved to be conclusive with a 100% success rate that saw all participants experience major improvements to their mental health problems. Malcom has now taken the monumental step of deciding to self-finance the final stages of the project, bringing his innovative approach to the millions of sufferers that he knows his system can help. The Discus Traffic Light System© is a guided self-help leaflet that is supported by an easy to follow, plastic credit card sized reminder that acts to remind the user how to approach, amongst other things, anxiety and panic attacks and then regain control over them within minutes, all without the help (or hindrance) of large books or phone apps. By nature of its size, the credit card reminder is both fully portable and very discrete. Malcolm explains; “Self-help books are seeing increased sales, year on year and yet the majority do not ever get fully read or the help offered implemented. Apart from the waste of money, the waste of effort and the feeling of helplessness felt by some people using these books, the books are mostly achieving nothing for the readers. This was a major factor behind my reason to create a very simple to use and fully transportable system that provides instant and ongoing help for people. Keeping the price point to the equivalent of a cup of coffee was also important as I wanted people to be able to purchase without too much concern over the financial investment. Special packages will be available for educational establishments and employers wishing to utilise or implement the system with their students and / or employees.” The Discus Traffic Light System© is the first of many innovative support tools and programmes that Discus will be launching and / or announcing in 2017. Malcolm can be contacted directly for quotes, interviews, appearances etc via: 07491 995 999 ceo@discus-uk.org  ...

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What Can The UK Government Do To Cultivate Good Mental Health?

Posted by on 17 Jul, 2017 in Mental Health | Comments Off on What Can The UK Government Do To Cultivate Good Mental Health?

What Can The UK Government Do To Cultivate Good Mental Health?

According to statistics revealed by mentalhealth.org.uk 65% of people in the UK have experienced a mental health problem in their lives at one time or another. What’s more revealing is that just a mere 13% of us say that we live with high levels of good mental health in our daily lives. These stats suggest there is much to do to improve the state of our mental wellbeing, but to turn things around will require help from the powers that be, namely Government. But is the UK Government doing enough to ensure that current and future societies have good mental health. And if you believe they could more, what action can be taken to fix this prevailing problem? We reached out to some of the leading voices on mental health issues to get their opinion.   Judith Haire, Publisher “Good mental health is essential for us all and one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. The Government needs to include mental health on the school curriculum and make sure mental health support is available in every workplace. Workable budgets are needed for the NHS, with budgets for talking therapies and to fund more mental health inpatient beds. GPs must be fully trained to assess and treat mental health problems and crisis teams must be funded so they can respond much more quickly to people in need.” Twitter @JudithHaire   Martha Roberts, UK Health Writer/Mental Health blogger “There are so many areas of mental health that could do with extra funding (or, at the very least, having funding cuts reversed). I would be particularly keen to see more money going into provision for children and young adults – and that means people heading towards 30 whose lives are complicated by more pressures on this age group than ever before. I would also love to see more community provision for people with mental health who are otherwise ‘high functioning’, raising families or holding down jobs but who nevertheless could do with support and possibly a place to get advice or ongoing help.” www.mentalhealthwise.com   Courtenay Young, International Journal of Psychotherapy Editor “Simple mental health techniques should be taught in primary schools – as essential tools for living. These could include: centering, grounding and re-balancing techniques; breathing techniques – especially for anxiety; basic relaxation techniques; simple mindfulness practice; listening & giving feedback; making ‘I’ statements; greater expression of feelings – particularly for boys; positive self-assertion – particularly for girls; practicing confrontation without aggression; self-soothing techniques; etc.” http://ijp.org.uk/   Julie Seeney, Blogger “One of the most important things the government should do to cultivate good mental health is to teach about mental health in schools.  We currently teach children about looking after themselves physically through a good diet and exercise and I think we should do the same for mental health. This might help provide the next generation growing up some life skills to help them if they themselves experience mental health problems.” Twitter @mummyitsok Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mummyitsok/   Sophie Mei, Blogger “We need better investment in prevention services so people aren’t left on long waiting lists until they reach crisis point. Also when it comes to treatment, mental health is often treated like physical health in the sense that health professionals are forced to constantly assess people by numbers and statements, when in...

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Digital Detox, By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 29 Jun, 2017 in Mental Health | Comments Off on Digital Detox, By Jane McNeice

Digital Detox, By Jane McNeice

Digital devices are new essentials in our daily lives. Between smartphones, computers, and tablets, our time spent online has grown significantly in recent years, particularly on social channels. With new studies suggesting social media has a negative impact on our mental health, perhaps it’s time to take a step away from it all. So how can you begin your digital detox? Mind Matters spoke to Feria Kazemi from Broadband Genie and got ten top tips to get you started. Ease into your digital detox While it might seem like a good idea to go cold turkey on all your digital devices and social channels, it’s not the best bet for a successful digital detox. Easing your way into the detox is the surest way to build your new habits successfully. Focus on one habit at a time Instead of using your detox to try and tackle all the digital habits you may be trying to kick, focus on a single practice and make it the central point of your detox. Zeroing in on a single habit will make your digital detox an easier feat to achieve. Give yourself an allowance While it might be tempting to try a complete detox, reducing your time on your digital devices is a detox in and of itself. Give yourself a reasonable allowance for the time you need to be connected and limit yourself to that.  Let technology help you with your detox We’ve already established that a digital detox doesn’t have to mean freeing yourself from everything digital. Let technology help you with your aims. Features like ‘do not disturb’ mode on your phone and computer can be quite useful, and there are also plenty of apps out there that can help with tracking your time, social media usage habits, and block you from selected distracting websites throughout the day. Disable push notifications Those notifications on new messages, emails, or news and activities that continuously pop-up on your phone or computer – disable them. While the pings might be helpful at times, more often than not they serve to distract. Disabling them will help you focus on what matters most. Share the news of your digital detox Spread the news of your digital detox to your family, friends, work colleagues, hairdresser, cab drivers… you name it. Share the news with anyone that will listen. Not only will it get a conversation going, but these people can also help keep you accountable to your detox. Get your friends and family to join in Tell your friends and family that you’re about to embark on a digital detox and get them to join you. Doing the detox with others can help keep you motivated all while inducing a bit of healthy competition. Besides, if you manage to get your inner circle to join you, the only ones with a real case of FOMO (fear of missing out) are the ones not in on the detox. Go back to the basics Remember the days when your phone was a phone? Let your digital detox bring you back to the basics. Use your digital devices for their core purpose and nothing more. Being intentional in your technology use will go a long way to reducing your time spent on digital devices and social channels. Hold yourself...

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Mental Health Awareness, By Sandra Greatorex

Posted by on 25 May, 2017 in Mental Health | Comments Off on Mental Health Awareness, By Sandra Greatorex

Mental Health Awareness, By Sandra Greatorex

When I watched the video’s about Heads Together I was quite moved by the passion of Prince Harry, William and Kate in helping people who suffer with Mental Health.  This week it is Mental Health Awareness Week with a surviving or thriving theme.  How would you describe yourself?  A number of years ago I suffered with depression and anxiety and had to take 4 months off work.  It made me realise that my health was the most important thing as you don’t have quality of life without good health and well-being. The sad thing about mental health is the stigma that is attached to it.  People don’t understand and turn their back on you when you really need them to support you and understand you during this time.  All you need is for someone to take the time to listen and let you talk, encourage and support you to do everyday tasks.  What they don’t think about is that one day this could happen to them. Going back to the time when I suffered from depression it all started where I felt really tired and had a terrible sore throat.  I went to see my doctor who said she thought I had depression and anxiety.  I had disbelief as it was just a sore throat and I felt tired.  She took a blood test to check for a virus but the results proved that this was not the case.  There was no particular one thing that had caused the depression just life had got on top of me.  It felt like my body had had enough and was now controlling me.  I had a safe little world it was when I was asleep.  I could have slept 24 hours a day and still would have felt tired.  When life got too much for me and I had issues to deal with I would lay down and go back to sleep.  There were no problems in the world of sleep. Prior to having depression I had worked with people with Mental Health problems and couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t turn up to outings. But now I fully understood as I had my up days and down days.  I never knew how long the up would last or even the down for that matter and there was never a particular reason why I would feel down.  I was prescribed anti-depressants but understood that these would help to make me feel better but I also opted for counselling.  The counselling was really useful it helped me to understand that the more I slept I fed my depression.  I was set targets of doing chores around the house the first time it took me all day to clean the living room.  I would dust one piece of furniture and then lie down and go to sleep.  It was hard as I knew the only way to get better was to make myself do different tasks.  I have fully recovered I am aware of maintaining my mental health and well-being. I was in my forties when I had depression, I think it is so sad in society today that there are many young people out there that suffer with their mental health and struggle with life.  They have so much to look forward to...

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High Functioning: An unhelpful card to be holding, By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 23 May, 2017 in Mental Health | Comments Off on High Functioning: An unhelpful card to be holding, By Jane McNeice

High Functioning: An unhelpful card to be holding, By Jane McNeice

When many people think of mental health, they in fact think of mental illness, not the fact that we all have mental health as we have physical health, and the parity that should exist between both. Mental health is often measured in ways that attempt to be as objective as possible (and rightly so) with much focus on mental illness, or in fact inability – what can or can’t you do today, the past week, month? Scales of 1-10 on whether you felt able to get up and go to work, whether you felt able to interact with family and friends, whether you could take care of your responsibilities. But for the so called ‘high functioning’ this doesn’t seem to equate. In fact we may supersede the average man on ability to perform or function, including the mentally healthy man! Because of traits like perfectionism, drive, our underlying fears, the desire to bury any appearance of anxiety and fear, and other often negative reinforcers, the measures just don’t pick up on what’s really happening… So what is really happening under my high functioning, high achieving, high performing, results driven, perfect exterior? Inside my head no one is distinguishing between whether I ‘high function’ or not, my mind just knows the fears, the drive, the anxiety. The anxiety that has all the hallmarks as we might know them – waking me up when it’s still dark and my body is craving sleep, but my head wants to work out how I’m going to make sure all those tasks get done, so that I can assuage the fear and anguish of if they don’t – which of course they will because I’m HF! When I push myself right out of my comfort zone, for all the reasons previously stated (and more), because I’m always trying so hard to beat my monster that’s been chained to my side since the age of 3, the monster that I allow to censor what I say in an attempt not to offend, upset, and hurt anyone else but at the risk of hurting me. Maybe if the measures asked me about all the tactics I use to manage and assuage my intense ‘going to be eaten alive’ fear, they may capture something of how I feel inside. How many times a week do I ignore a phone call, search engine the number, and check who it might be so that I can mentally prepare to deal with it on my terms so that it’s manageable and I can cope? How many times did I do something I didn’t want to do to ensure someone else was alright, not in fear, upset, offended or sad? How many tasks did I complete this week that I still felt weren’t perfect or just quite good enough? And furthermore, on a scale of 1-10 just how anxious or sad did this make me feel? The true sadness is that oftentimes the highly anxious don’t leave a task like that till we have assuaged the fear, and have made it what we consider ‘perfect’, because the pain of it not being so is greater. The true hardship is exhaustion – high functioning anxiety makes me a machine of performance, with no real acknowledgement to the human inside. The human inside...

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Improving Your Everyday Life Through Art Therapy, By Caileigh Flannigan

Posted by on 3 May, 2017 in Mental Health | Comments Off on Improving Your Everyday Life Through Art Therapy, By Caileigh Flannigan

Improving Your Everyday Life Through Art Therapy, By Caileigh Flannigan

Paint, Sculpt, or Color Your Way to Relaxation… It seems that everyone today has some level of stress in his or her everyday life. Whether it is rooted in work, school, the past, or personal relationships, stress is a huge part of our lives. Stress can have many negative effects on physical and psychological systems. An inability to positively control or manage stress may lead to inappropriate behavior such as alcohol consumption, overeating, or neglecting feelings. It’s important to know that stress can be managed effectively, at very little cost, and in a fun way! Art therapy is a great therapeutic approach that you can use in your daily life to keep your stress levels low and your contentedness high. What is Art Therapy? Art therapy is an approach that involves the creative processes of art to improve one’s life. For example, drawing, coloring, painting, doodling, and sculpting are all examples of art forms that can be used as a means of therapy. Using art as a medium for healing promotes self-exploration, understanding, self-esteem, and awareness. It is a way for a person to improve their mental, emotional, and physical states, as well as their overall health. When you use imagery, colors, shapes, and designs as a part of your therapeutic process, your thoughts and feelings can be expressed through your art, rather than words that are often difficult to articulate to others. This means that you do not have to verbalise how you are feeling. Art therapy can be done in counseling, where you work one-on-one with a trained and certified art therapist. However, the healing potential of art is not only effective in a counseling or psychotherapy setting. Art therapy techniques and approaches can be completed at home, work, or school without a therapist. In some methods of art therapy, you are your own therapist. This is one of the great things about art therapy – you can practice antistress art anywhere! Art can be practiced at work, at home, on the bus, or during any downtime. Rather than stressing out about the next big meeting, you can color or doodle on some paper. You can release negative emotions about your job or personal relationships through artwork. This, in turn, helps overcome the stress, avoids further upset and creates a coping strategy for future stressful times. Who Can Benefit from Art Therapy? You don’t need to be a talented artist to engage in art therapy or to enjoy its benefits. After all, the goal is not to create a masterpiece but to express yourself freely through art; the artistic results are secondary to the emotional benefits. Art therapy improves the lives of many people. It can help people who have been exposed to loss or trauma. It can support people in overcoming addiction and mental health disorders. It has even been used in hospital settings for cancer patients. It’s also a common expressive therapy for children. The great thing about art therapy is that it can help the lives of so many people – even if you do not have a major concern or illness. Art therapy is beneficial to people who experience the stressors of everyday modern life. Have you ever noticed how expressive arts therapy is calming and peaceful? Have you ever come home from...

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