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

                    

Gaslighting

 "Gaslighting" The other night, the movie, "Gaslight" was on television, so we settled in to watch it.  The term, "Gaslighting" got its name from this 1944 movie that starred Ingrid Bergman.  (Actually, it was first a play performed in 1938.)  In the movie, the...

Holiday Spa-staycation

On Facebook, the other day, I saw a video and some pictures of a family I adore on their vacation.  They were going to an exclusive spa/fitness/yoga retreat. One week at the Retreat was $5,000.00 per person.  The place overlooks the ocean, beautiful views, wonderful...

That Crazy-making Election

Election Emotions    It's been a rough month for the United States.   A nation divided, we saw just how much so during this election.  An election that was fueled by fear often resulting in the creation of more anger and hate.  The flames of fear having been stoked...

What does Thriving look like to you?

The other day, a friend asked, "When you think about thriving, what does it look like to you?" hmm. Interesting, right? Since I believe that all transformation begins in the imaginal realm, I spent a bit of time visualizing this and writing down my thoughts on the...

Halloween Hangover?

Were you one of the many people that bought your Halloween candy in advance and told yourself you would open "just one package" during the week before the holiday.  Then, this one bag turned into 2, 3..or you having to go out and buy a second batch because it...

Nature, Poetry, and the Harvest Moon

Tonight is the Harvest Moon (full moon) 9/16/2016. Cue the Neil Young music:     ...But there's a full moon rising.    Let's go dancing in the light.  We know where the music's  playing.    Let's go out and feel the night.   Fall has always been my favorite time of...

When you’re going through Hell….

"When you're going through hell...keep going." This quote, usually attributed to Winston Churchill, implies that this trip is a difficult journey.  No one wants to get stuck in hell. Newsflash:  We don't get out of this life unscathed. There are any myriad of reasons...

Contending with Time

As a dance/movement therapist, we routinely look at preferences and patterns for how one "moves through their day" (and life!).   We look at emotional, relational, intellectual, and physical patterns. If you are experiencing particular challenge(s) or change(s)...

Morning Routines

You know who has a morning routine? Just about everyone. via GIPHY I've seen lots of articles lately sharing the morning routines of various people such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and also Charles Dickens, Gloria Steinem, and even Queen Elizabeth II.  It...

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,...