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

                    

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,...

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...