Creating Your Health Blog

Articles, Musings, & Resources for Creating Your Health from a Mental Health and Creative Arts Therapy Perspective.
                                                                                                                      -Christine Matteson  BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC

                    

Night Owl or Early Bird?

Ahhh, Sleep. Lately, the topic is in vogue.  And it should be. There are about 2500 sleep study centers in the US alone.  The Stanford Center for Sleep Science and Medicine has been driving a large growth in sleep research in recent years.  They combine clinical,...

Does God really Laugh at our Plans?

Yes, Mother Nature is toying with us as is typical this month (at least in the Northeast).  Last week the daffodils were out, this week, the ground is blanketed with snow.  What can you do?  The answer of course…nothing.  Weather is one of those nonnegotiable...

Mental Illness affects us all.

Mental Illness affects the individual and it affects    the family, friends, and whole communities. According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness, one in 5 adults have some sort of mental health condition.  1 in 20 has a serious mental illness. Recently, I...

Care for the Caregiver

Did you know that there are 34 million unpaid caregivers that provide care to adults who are ill either mentally or physically in the United States? According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the “typical” caregiver is about 49...

February Favorites Part 2.

When the stresses of life find you depleted, it’s important to fill yourself back up, and to do so in ways that truly nurture and inspire you.  Too many of us, wait until we are running on empty and even then, expect our vehicles of life (our bodies, minds, and...

February Favorites: Food

Food:  In February, I often eat a lot of Kitchari.  It’s nourishing and easy to digest.  Kitchari is a dish of basmati rice, mug beans, and digestive spices.  The word is derived from Sanskrit and means mixture, usually of two grains. It’s a traditional...

Therapist Self Disclosure

Ever since the dawn of psychology, therapists have been discussing and arguing about what, when, and how much to share and disclose of their personal life. There are many different types and levels of sharing.
In a particularly funny episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 2), Larry David tries to terminate with his therapist after having seen him in a (pretty, pretty, pretty revealing) thong at the beach. (Too much information for Larry, who clearly didn’t appreciate having seen too much of his therapist’s “social life”.)

Bring on the Love!

Valentine’s Day Where on earth did this holiday come from? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I’m just curious. Curious about human behavior and why Wegmans was packed this morning with people buying 35 dollar roses that were 9.99 last...

Ziggy played guitar.

It’s been a little over a month now since David Bowie passed away; A singer, songwriter, painter, actor and cultural icon that fascinated and inspired many, myself included.  There has been a real outpouring of love and remembrances all over the world as a...