Using Art to Manage Stress

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Everyone feels stressed from time to time. A little bit of stress can be healthy because it keeps us alert and productive. However, too much stress can be overwhelming and can cause harm. In this article, it explains how creating art can be a great way to relieve stress. It also includes some examples of art making you can do at home!

 

Holly Majerus, Art Therapy Graduate Intern

Art for Minds

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In the article below, it discusses the many ways that art is beneficial for our mental health. The article examines a study about how making art stimulates our brains documented by MRI machines. It talks about an organization called Inside Out that uses an art based holistic approach to helping people with mental health challenges. Lastly, it explores the benefits of adult coloring books as a relaxation technique.

As a member of the art and art therapy community, I believe that art can be a powerful way to help people across the spectrum of mental health no matter the level of skill.

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”- Kurt Vonnegut

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Holly Majerus, Art Therapy Graduate Intern

Nine Tips for Vacation while in Recovery

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Taking care of yourself is an important part of recovery and one of the ways that you can practice self- care is by going on a vacation. In the article below, Kelly lists nine tips to stay sober while on vacation. His tips include keeping an open line of communication with the people you are traveling with, talking to them about your triggers, and letting them know how they can provide you with support. In another tip, Kelly discusses the importance of scheduling fun while traveling. In other words, schedule things to do that will hold your interest and help you avoid boredom. Self-care is an integral part of recovery. Taking a vacation is one of the many ways you can practice self-care. So, whether you are traveling across the country or traveling closer to home, I hope you find these tips helpful.

Read the full article here.

Sara Saunders SAC-IT

 

    

Mindfulness & Addiction

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Psychiatrist Judson Brewer studies the relationship between mindfulness and addiction in his TED Talk. He explains the processes involved in habit formation and proposes a profound approach to removing the connection between thought and behavior through the use of mindfulness. Although Brewer utilizes smoking and eating as examples during his talk, the underlying mindfulness process is readily adaptable to all forms of addiction. Watch below!

Thomas N. Pfister, B.S.

Creating Boundaries

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For family members, setting boundaries with a loved one who struggles with an addiction may be difficult at times. Dr. Fran Simone Ph.D. discusses the difference between setting boundaries versus building walls with family members. Dr. Simone gives scenarios that demonstrate how difficult setting boundaries can be for family members and how difficult it is to remain consistent with those boundaries. She even shares examples from her own life during a time when she had trouble setting boundaries with her adult child who had been in and out of recovery. At the conclusion of this article, Dr. Simone encourages us to continue to be flexible and to remain open. If you find it difficult to set boundaries, then you’re not alone and hopefully the examples offered in this article will help. Here’s to new discoveries!

Read the article here. 

Sara Saunders, SAC-IT

Ten Keys to Recovery

This article, written by David Susman, discusses the ten keys to recovery and he identifies the ten keys as the following:

  1. finding hope
  2. asking for help
  3.  getting informed
  4. engaging in treatment
  5. seeking support
  6. developing a plan
  7.  taking action
  8. reconnecting with life
  9. sticking with recovery
  10.  helping others

Wherever you are in your journey of recovery, we here at West Grove Clinic, believe that there is hope in recovery and hope is exactly what we try to instill in our clients whether you are a participant in our Intensive Outpatient Program, our aftercare support group, or are seen individually we are here to help you along your journey to recovery.

Check out the full article here.

 

Sara Saunders, SAC-IT & Intern