As a lover of books and the written word, I decided to write about my experiences with challenging health issues in the online world.
Anyone who has experienced difficult life issues, particularly health-related ones, knows how debilitating and isolating poor health, or losing someone, or something precious can have on our sense of self.
Often, during the most difficult times, we find ourselves questioning our lives, our relationships, what's important, what's not and if we're able to, to challenge our thinking about how we deal with the lemons that life throws at us.
Through my writing, I hope to help others with any insights I gain, as I navigate my way through a different kind of life. I share what I've found helpful, whether it's physical, mental or spiritual medicine. I also found the writing process actually helped me discover my inner workings and how my thoughts had triggered an overactive stress response, which in turn, affected my health. I continue to explore and share my insights because I want others to know that they're not alone, and that there are some simple techniques, that we can use, to make life a little more bearable.
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One of the best things I have done for myself is to give myself permission to explore my creative nature. I have dabbled in drawing and design, crochet and now sewing. I love the meditative and often revealing nature of creativity. Creative pursuits are a great kind of mindfulness practice, and helpful remedy for anyone suffering with anxiety and/or depression.
Creativity can also have positive side effects. For example, I use my sewing skills to make quilts for sick children, I help the environment by making reusable shopping bags and as a way to use bright colours and designs to cheer someone up.
The creative act of writing and journaling is also very healing. It can help unlock hidden beliefs and can become a great record of our journey and progress.
Creativity isn't just about paints and coloured pencils. It can be found in plating up a beautiful looking meal, creating a garden, or even simply repainting an old pot and growing a flowering plant. It can be as simple or complex as you like.
The key elements to using creativity to heal and find balance is that it makes you feel good, and it helps you zone out - go into a calming meditative state.
Finally, it has to be something that you love and that you do, no matter what others think, particularly, that harsh inner critic living in your head, if you have one.
Do your creativity in spite of the critics. It's one way to achieve your freedom from old, negative thoughts and to start living an authentic life.
I write about creativity and especially the blocks we encounter like perfectionism on my blog: www.wisdomelements.wordpress.com
There are times in life when we need support with life's challenges, to learn techniques that will help us get through difficult times, and to see if there is an opportunity for growth and wisdom in the situation. Challenges also present opportunities to learn resilience so that we can face our future, better armed with skills that will support us should we face another challenging situation.
Although I have worked as a counsellor, I no longer run a formal counselling practice. Instead, I've been drawn to provide a holistic type of pastoral care through the various charitable work I do, but also, simply smiling to a stranger in the street is a way of sharing love and changing the world in any way we can. I also found that working as a volunteer has helped me heal as it took the focus off me and my worries, and it showed me that there is always someone facing a greater challenge and need.
I personally believe, the best way to better mental, emotional and physical health is to take an integrative approach. Along with seeking help of a good healthcare professional and a professional counsellor, I also encourage people to start writing, to journal their thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, the simple act of writing can help us find the answers. Meditation, contemplative Prayer along with mindfulness, time in nature and engaging in a creative pursuit can all be truly healing and calming, especially for anyone suffering with anxiety and depression.
I share more of my own experiences with various techniques on my blog: