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6 Ways to Start Loving Yourself

6 Ways to Start Loving Yourself

Did you know that you have a unique purpose in this world? There is no one quite like you! Love is your birthright, and you deserve to experience it from within. Actively practicing self-love and compassion can be difficult most days, especially when our minds are weighed down by self-criticism and the desire to find wholeness in other people. Push past these limiting beliefs that you have imposed on yourself, and get in touch with the real you! If you have been wanting to start your self-love journey, but aren’t sure where to start, here are some ways to practice self-love:

Say affirmations aloud while looking at yourself in the mirror.

This will help you learn to accept yourself. An affirmation that you should be saying over and over to yourself every single day is “I love and accept myself.” This will help you reprogram your mind, which has been so used to associating negative thoughts with your appearance or personality. Having a negative self-image only makes your life harder! Replacing those pessimistic thoughts with positive affirmations will help you attract the love you want to receive. Looking at yourself in the mirror while doing this is useful because you can get a clearer picture of the resistance you may have and think critically about the ways you can combat this resistance.

Respect yourself.

Respecting yourself means setting enough boundaries so that other people don’t mess with you, but not so many that you are unable to be flexible or let anyone in. Finding balance with this can be tricky. Let the people around you know your limits and what you are and are not comfortable with. Enforcing boundaries can be difficult at first, especially if you don’t fully know yourself, what you want, or your worth. However, getting to know who you are and what you want is important if you want to be happily in love with yourself.

Mindfully eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Nourishing your body is a great way to show yourself love. Taking care of your basic needs can feel like a stretch when you’re going through a tough mental health spell, but it can make a huge difference. If it feels like a huge effort to feed yourself make that be the one thing you put effort into that day. You will find that just mindfully eating will make a huge difference in your state of mind. Without fuel, your body has nothing to go off of. Your body then responds by resorting to starvation mode, which activates your flight-or-fight response. Not eating anything gives you a poor foundation and makes it harder for you to process life. Process life with ease by practicing mindful eating. For more information, check out this video that goes more in-depth about eating mindfully!

Stop procrastinating.

Procrastination only hurts you in the long run, and not doing what needs to get done will make you judge yourself harshly, which leads to a spiral you may not be able to get out of. The repercussions of judgment are not pretty. Do not procrastinate what your future self will thank you for. There is a balance you must find between productivity and relaxation, and if you lean too far on either side, you may be harming your highest self. Treat yourself kindly and with care.

Meet your own needs.

You don’t need to isolate yourself or feel like you are alone in this world, but you do have to have the ability to meet your own needs. Looking for happiness in others is unreliable. Finding this happiness within yourself takes a lot of soul searching. This process involves being really honest with yourself and getting to know who you really are, on a much deeper level. Then, when you feel sad, lonely, or uncertain, you will be able to comfort and reassure yourself. Take responsibility for yourself rather than blaming others so you can find the solution within yourself instead of waiting on other people to fix you. Creating your own internal source of happiness will help you meet your own needs.

Do your inner work.

Don’t avoid yourself. Doing your inner work seems silly at first, especially if you don’t believe in yourself or value yourself enough to get better. Once you start doing the work, however, you start to see just how valuable you are and how important your purpose here is. Everyone has a purpose, and you can’t fulfill that purpose unless you explore both the light and the dark that lives inside you. You can journal, read articles and self-help books, listen to self-help podcasts, etc, but you may find there comes a point that you need extra assistance unraveling all that has made you the person you are. It helps to have a professional therapist guide you through it.

Our team of experienced arts-based therapists will guide you towards accessing your unique creative wisdom and unlocking your true potential. You can return to your birthright of imagination, strength, purpose, and meaningful connection. You can find inner stillness while actively responding to your daily responsibilities. Through our work together, you will discover that it is possible to embrace a fresh perspective and recharge your life and relationships.
We do this through processes aimed at integration – integration of your brain, body, self and relationships. Integration means living an undivided life, where profession and purpose are aligned. It also means paying attention to neglected parts of yourself which allows you to be a more authentic and effective leader. We draw from many schools of learning, including psychology, neuroscience, the creative and expressive arts therapies, and Eastern philosophies. We are expert guides, well-versed in the bumpy terrain of personal and professional expansion. We guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised with the process…and the results!

 

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Alli is our office manager and writer who is passionate about connecting people through words. Alli studied English at Arizona State University, just recently moved to St. Pete and is enjoying paradise. Her interests include painting, history, and learning about other people.

Tips for Starting a Gratitude Journal

Tips for Starting a Gratitude Journal

Keeping up with writing in a gratitude journal is beneficial for your health. Our brain naturally holds on to negativity, but keeping a gratitude journal helps balance that negativity out. Writing out what you are grateful for rather than just thinking about it also has a greater emotional affect. Additionally, It gives your subconscious mind a chance to rewire toxic thinking patterns. By doing this, you will attract more positivity in your life and feel more secure and happy with what you have. It’s not about listing every major thing you are thankful for, but about appreciating the little things and falling in love with the world around you. Interested in starting a gratitude journal of your own? Here are some tips on how to get started:

1. Set aside a time each week for writing.

You must commit to writing in your gratitude journal in order to fully benefit from it. However, this does not mean you have to write in your journal every day. The purpose of keeping a gratitude journal is to really feel how thankful you are for the things in your life, and over-doing it by writing every day would turn it into another monotonous task that you become numb to.

2. Make a writing ritual. 

Creating a ritual for writing in your gratitude journal will make the experience that much more enjoyable for your mind, body, and spirit. Get into the right headspace before you sit down to write all the things you are thankful for. You can do this by lighting a candle or some incense, sitting down in a comfortable position and doing a short meditation to clear your mind, and saying a little prayer or whatever you feel comfortable with before getting started.

3. Go in-depth.

Instead of going through a list of things you know you should be thankful for, it is much more effective to sit down and go deeper with it. Be specific and dive in rather than making a long, superficial list of things you don’t actually connect with. It’s about quality over quantity.

4. Get personal.

It is much more impactful to think of people who you are deeply grateful for rather than the things you are grateful for. That’s not to say you can’t be incredibly thankful for the space you live in or the material things you’ve acquired in your life, but make sure you put a personalized, emotional twist to it. Focus on the “who” more than the “what” and you will find more success.

5. Be specific.

In my experience, being more specific with my gratitude journal is more effective. It’s not enough to just say “I’m thankful for my partner” but “I’m thankful for my partner because they go out of their way to make sure my needs are met.” In doing this, you will shine more light on the postive ways the people in your life impact you on a personal level.

Once you get into the right mindset and stick to a routine, writing in your gratitude journal will be second nature.

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5 Ways to Invite Joy Back Into Your Life

5 Ways to Invite Joy Back Into Your Life

Sometimes, it can be hard to remember the joyful parts of your life. You may feel lost, hopeless, or like you have no purpose. It is important to remember that these feelings are only temporary. You can invite joy back into your life if you consciously make that choice and stick to it. Here are five ways you can invite joy back into your life:

Have a self-care routine
Something that makes us feel better is having a solid routine that you stick by every day. This self-care routine should involve what you need to do for yourself and not necessarily what you want to do. Yes, having a self-care routine may involve doing a facemask, taking a bath, singing your favorite songs at the top of your lungs, but it also means doing the hard, inner work and creating a comfortable space for healing and growth. Self-care is about giving to yourself and making sure your own cup is full before you try to fill someone else’s.

Embrace your inner child.
Visualize your child self and connect with that version of yourself. We can get so caught up in the heaviness and seriousness of day to day life, that we forget to let go and be childlike. What are some things that you used to enjoy when you were a kid? What songs did you listen to? What shows and movies did you watch? What books did you read? Go back and revisit your child-like wonder!

Keep a gratitude journal.

Have a journal reserved for writing only the things you are thankful for. This will help you take stock of what you do have rather than spending time thinking about what your life is lacking. It can be something as small as “I am grateful I have a bed to sleep in and a roof over my head.” Or, you can get more personal and emphasize what people you are grateful for.

Take a daily walk
Taking a walk every day and being fully present on that walk is a wonderful way to feel more in touch with yourself and your surroundings. Being present outdoors will help you find joy because nature is a reminder of how beautiful the world around you is.

Get grounded
Oftentimes, we are so stuck in our head that we forget to ground ourselves. This causes us to overthink, which causes more pain in the long run. In order to get out of your head and into your body, you first take a deep breath and plant your feet firmly on the ground. Do this until you feel centered and one with your body.

I invite each of you to invite joy back into your life. Make it a point to find joy in each and every day, even if life feels bleak and hopeless. In doing this, you will notice the world around you change and start working with you rather than against you.

 

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Stop Doubting Yourself

Stop Doubting Yourself

Self-doubt is a troublesome voice that holds you back. It prevents you from going after your dreams and holds you back from reaching your true potential. Instead of listening to the anxious, worried voice that keeps us from progressing, we must learn to listen to our highest selves. Here are five steps you can take to stop doubting yourself:

don't overthink it, stop doubting yourself

Stop overthinking- When those judgemental thoughts start to bubble up to the surface, do not let them linger. They do not serve you. You must recognize that your brain does not hold space for judgemental, self-doubting thoughts. Instead of letting these thoughts get out of control to the point where it paralyzes you, stop them. Question where they are coming from, analyze that thought pattern, and learn to separate yourself from that pattern. Replace those judgemental thoughts with positive, nice thoughts. Let go of ‘should’ thinking, and replace your evaluations with neutral language, or with descriptions of what is. This helps you stick to the facts and not overthink the situation.

trust your intuition, trust your gut, stop doubting yourself
Trust your gut- Trust yourself and your innate wisdom and intuition. We all have access to this wisdom, but sometimes we don’t hear it. Sometimes we mistake those loud, anxious thoughts for our intuition. These thoughts, while at times may protect us, usually hold us back. Silence that loud, worried voice by taking a few deep breaths, closing your eyes, and visualizing your happy place. This will help you hear your intuition, which is the calmer and wiser voice deep within you.

Write down a list of your past accomplishments. Whenever I start doubting myself, it’s usually because I am insecure and have forgotten all the amazing things that I have accomplished in the past. Even if they are seemingly small, they are still an achievement worthy of celebration. If you are ever stuck in a rut, doubting yourself, or not thinking you are good enough to do what you want to do, try making a list of everything, big and small, that you have already accomplished. Bonus points if you remember things that you have achieved that you never thought you would. There are always going to be moments where we feel like we aren’t good enough to achieve something. The trick to pushing past it is stepping outside of your comfort zone and proving yourself wrong again and again.

Fake it until you make it. Instead of falling victim to the thought pattern that tells you that you aren’t good enough, act as if you are. Fake that confidence and self-assurance, and act as if you have what you want already. If you pretend you are successful, intelligent, and self-assured, eventually you will have no choice but to push past your self-doubt and become all of these things.

self care, stop doubting yourself
Start a self-love ritual. Incorporating time into your life to take care of yourself is the most important thing you can do for yourself. The more you focus on spending time loving yourself, the less you will doubt yourself. Take five to ten minutes before bed and dedicate that time to pampering yourself. Start by repeating this mantra from Louise Hay to yourself: “I love and approve of myself. I am safe in this world.” Telling yourself over and over again that you love and approve of yourself will reprogram your subconscious mind, which more than likely has been programmed to tell you that you are worthless and ugly. Replace those hateful thoughts with loving ones. Additionally, get in touch with your body and all the magical things it can do for you by doing five yoga poses a day. This will teach you how strong and amazing your body really is, and will make you realize how incredible it is to be just as you are, as cheesy as it may seem.

If you liked this article, check out our article from last week, Art Therapy Activities for September.

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Art Therapy Activities for September

Art Therapy Activities for September

In our last article, we talked about the ways art therapy helps your brain. This week, we have compiled a list of art therapy activities you can use this month. These activities are a great way to engage your right brain, lower stress, be fully present, and bring back memory function that may have been lost due to trauma, depression, or anxiety. When our emotion mind overwhelms us, art is a wonderful tool to get you into your wise mind and back on track. Here are 6 different art therapy activities that will help:

art therapy activities, watercolor painting

Watercolor your bodily state. Start with a visualization- close your eyes, breathe deeply, and imagine that you are breathing different colors into your body. Use that as a way to get centered and in touch with yourself. Then, draw an outline of your body and use watercolor to color it in with whatever shade matches the emotion you are feeling at that time. This will help you get acquainted with your emotions and figure out what you can do to move past them.

art therapy activities

Make a word collage. Instead of making a visual collage, try making a collage with words that jump out to you using magazines, old books, newspapers, etc. Using the words that are inspiring to you, create a story or go with the flow and make something completely outside of the box. You are in control!

Create a color collage. Humans are impacted by colors. Embody the color you are feeling by cutting out pictures of that color and making a collage out of it. This will help you recognize and understand your feelings, and help you honor them and move past them.

Create a doodle chain. Start by doodling one thing and let your imagination take you away. You might start with a squiggle or a square–there are no wrong answers. With this activity, there is less pressure to make something ambitious and grand. Instead, it focuses on freedom and the ability to make something without being attached to what it looks like or the outcome.

art therapy activities, woman painting

Create a past or future self-portrait. Create a self-portrait of the side of yourself that you are leaving behind, or the version of yourself that you feel you have outgrown. Imagining who you were in the past, whether it be your childhood self or who you were two years ago, can help your brain with memory function. Additionally, you can create a self-portrait of who you want to become and where you see yourself in the future.

Draw or build a “safe space”. If the world feels unsafe to you, create a place where you can feel happy and safe in your art. Close your eyes and meditate–get into that space that makes you feel calm, still, and light. This can be somewhere in nature, a fantasy land, or even your grandparent’s house. Paint, draw, or collage what you envision and let that peaceful and calm feeling envelop you.

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5 Ways Art Therapy is Good for the Brain

5 Ways Art Therapy is Good for the Brain

We nourish our bodies with food and water. We can take care of our brain just the same with art therapy. Art therapy is a wonderful tool for those in recovery for PTSD, eating disorders, Alzheimer’s, depression, and anxiety, and is a great alternative for talk therapy. Here are five reasons why art therapy is good for your brain:

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It helps you access your right brain.
When you attend talk therapy, talking adds to a separation between your feelings and thoughts. With art therapy, you can use art to move freely into the right brain. This eliminates the need to analyze your feelings and allows you to feel them more deeply. Being able to access the right brain and removing the need to define what you feel contributes to more self-awareness.

Art therapy stimulates the brain and brings back memories.
When making art, different memories are brought to the surface. For example, drawing a picture of your childhood home might bring up several different memories that occurred at that home, giving you access to childhood memories you never knew you had, or only had a vague idea of. Looking at pictures and artwork have the ability to take you back in time, and creating these images yourself is no different. In fact, drawing or painting it is even more powerful because they are your own memories and experiences flooding back into your consciousness.

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Making art lowers stress.
Creating art lowers cortisol levels in the brain. It also puts your mind in a meditative state, allowing you to relax and find your flow. Once your mind has relaxed, you then have the ability to access, untangle, and even relieve the pain of a traumatic experience.

Art-making creates a sense of accomplishment and purpose.
Studies have shown that blood flow increases towards the reward centers when we are making art. When doing art therapeutically, you will find that you feel way more productive than usual because your brain is able to access different parts. Making art also helps flex the imagination muscle in your brain, allowing you to then imagine a newer, greater, and more hopeful future.

Creating art helps you be fully in the present moment.
Fully submerging yourself in your artwork stimulates a different part of your brain. Time starts to slip away, and the present is the only thing that matters as you pay attention to, for example, the way the paint smells, the sound of the palette knife scraping as you mix colors, and the way the paintbrush feels as you make a stroke. All those little details that go into making art force you to be mindful. With that, your brain is able to fully explore different thoughts and feelings in a non-threatening way and journey into the “unknown.”

Art therapy greatly contributes to your brain’s health. Having a creative outlet helps you tap into your thoughts, feelings, and emotions and really get a sense of who you are, what you want, and how your past impacts your present and future. The combination of making the art, feeling it and talking about it allows you to move past your hardships and go through life with more hope and certainty.

Alli is our office manager and writer who is passionate about connecting people through words. Alli studied English at Arizona State University, just recently moved to St. Pete and is enjoying paradise. Her interests include painting, history, and learning about other people.

Spotlight! What’s Making Us Better People This Month?

Spotlight! What’s Making Us Better People This Month?

Feeling alone and mentally stuck? We have put together a list of resources that have helped make us feel like better people this month. Hopefully, the wisdom shared with you here makes you feel like a better person, as well!

Give It A Rest with Danielle Bayard Jackson- As women, we benefit from connecting with other women on a deeper level and growing meaningful relationships. “Give it a rest” with Danielle Bayard Jackson, a friendship coach and expert who educates women about “tough-love-truth-telling” friendship. Danielle shows you how to have those hard conversations with your friends that bring you closer together. She also shows women how to deepen their friendships with one another by moving past their deep-rooted insecurities. Grab your copy of her book, Give It A Rest here and check out her podcast here.

 

 

Shortcuts to Zen with Jen- Many of us often feel we are too busy to practice mindfulness. Shortcuts to Zen with Jen solves that problem by giving you ways you can incorporate mindfulness in your every day busy lives. These five-minute videos cover various topics, like engaging the senses, mindful walking, and mindful conversing. They are a wonderful way to feel productive and connected with the self without feeling like you need to dedicate a large portion of your day to it. The result is more peace, more joy, more harmony. Try it and see! Jen would love to hear your feedback. Remember to subscribe to her on youtube so that you are notified whenever she puts out a new video.

 

Be Your Best Self with Jamie Molnar- Jamie’s “Be Your Best Self” podcast has been making us better people this month. This is a wonderfully beneficial health and wellness podcast focused on mind-body-spirit living for the modern woman. With a special guest featured on each episode, various topics are explored, such as toxic relationships, making peace with stress, overcoming diet culture, and more! This podcast series is a valuable source of information for anyone who is interested in bettering themselves and finding ways to cope and heal beyond the surface level. If you are feeling like you are stuck in a mental loop and need some insight, this podcast will help you in more ways than you could ask for. Our founder, Dayna Wood, is featured on this episode here. She talks about using creativity and expressive arts to heal your emotional wounds and access your subconscious world. Check it out!

We hope you will use these resources to better yourself this month!

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We Asked Our Therapists: What’s Your Self Care Tip?

We Asked Our Therapists: What’s Your Self Care Tip?

In what ways are you actively taking care of yourself? It is incredibly important to set aside time for you. Good self-care is the key to finding balance in your life, where you don’t feel mentally, spiritually, and physically exhausted. To help you find this balance, our wonderful therapists have provided us with some valuable self-care tips and insights:

  • Dedicate time and space for the practice of self-care. “Self-care starts with deciding that you are worth it! It’s definitely not a one-time thing. For me, it has to be daily. Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier to make sure you have time to do the things you need to get done, as well as the things you want to get done.” –Dayna
  • Clarify what will best serve you. “Usually, there are some similar core components, but these can look different for different people. For instance, my “essentials” include nature, movement, meditation, and learning.” –Dayna
  • Remember that self-care is not selfish. “The first thing I want people to know is that self-care is not selfish. On the contrary, it is the opposite of selfish. It is truly necessary that, in order to give to others, to care and provide for others, and to contribute to our community, we must be full enough to have something to offer without tapping ourselves dry. The analogy of a car, though a little simplistic, is useful to illustrate this. Unless you’re taking a very short trip, you just won’t get there if you never stop for gas. And before you leave, it might be good to check the air in the tires and even have a tune-up.” –Vivi

Once you follow these tips and make self-care a priority, you will notice so many improvements in your life. Even if you feel like you don’t have time to squeeze something in, make self-care your top priority. You will notice that you feel more energetic and equipped to handle whatever comes your way.

 

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Feel Your Best At Home

Feel Your Best At Home

Humans are deeply impacted by their environment. It is important to create a living space that speaks to you, stimulates your mind, and brings you warmth and comfort. Entering your home should feel like receiving a warm hug from a loved one. Additionally, having a vision for what you want your space to look like and slowly curating your home to fit that vision does wonders for your mental health. If, at the end of the day, you can come back to a place you can truly call your own, that you enjoy just sitting and looking at, you can handle whatever life throws at you.

One way to feel your best in your home environment is to eliminate clutter. Having things piled up everywhere is the main cause of stress and anxiety. Take the time to organize the closet, or whatever cluttered room you might close the door on to avoid stress. If you have more than one “junk drawer”, clean those out and put your things in a designated spot. Once you declutter your space, you will feel a lot of that tension melt away, you will spend less time searching for things, and your mind will thank you.

Adding color and plants also boosts your mental health, because both impact the way your place feels when you enter the room. You can create any feeling you desire through color and plant-life. Taking care of your plants also gives you a sense of purpose and responsibility, adding structure to your daily routine.

Another great way to start feeling your best at home is to make a sacred space, or an altar.
Create a small space in your home where you can put objects that give meaning to your life (e.g. a photo of your family, a stone or treasure from a past adventure, etc.). Be sure to “pause” and look at them each day. Take a moment and breathe. Yes, really count three full, deep breaths. Do you notice any thoughts, feelings, or sensations as you remember what’s important to you? If you feel called, write these down so you can reflect on them later. Having this sacred space in your home will allow you to be more mindful and present, because you will always have something to retreat to when life gets too heavy. Soon, you will be able to fall right into the relaxed, peaceful mindset in the space you created for yourself.

Check out our next article, A Space to Call Your Own!

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Take a break! Relax with this quick art project.

Take a break! Relax with this quick art project.

Taking a break can be extremely difficult– isn’t always easy to pull yourself away from responsibilities. You need a break to stay sane. The less time you take for yourself to be creative and relax, the more likely you are to succumb to irritability, anxiety, and depression. Without a proper recharge, all your creative energy will feel like it has been drained from you, and you won’t be able to connect with your right brain and its essential ingredients! These essential ingredients are flexibility, possibility, context, interconnectedness, intuition, and depth, the capacity to hold uncertainty, and the knowledge that opposites aren’t necessarily incompatible. It is important for us to remember and practice these so that we can begin to integrate the left and right hemispheres to live up to our true potential! Start to relax with a low maintenance art project, such as creating your own personal mandala.
To start, grab a piece of plain paper and any drawing/coloring utensils you have on hand (pens, pencils, markers, crayons, oil pastels, or cut out some words/pictures from old magazines, etc.). Draw a large circle on the paper. Take only about 5 minutes (yep, that fast!) and “empty” your current thoughts onto the paper. After 5 minutes, your circle might contain words, images, colors or shapes. Please believe me, do NOT think you need to be a Michelangelo or a Leonardo and “have to draw something “. Hang the image upside down (you will likely feel like there is an up and down, if not – no worries) for 48 hours in a place where you can see it. Do you notice anything new? Again, there is no right or wrong. You are learning to notice and see in a new way. Allow yourself to be relaxed and free in your expression.

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