Creating Your Health Blog

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

 

                    

Advent: Anticipation and Preparation

Rituals and traditions are important this time of year, no matter what holiday you observe, or what you are looking forward to...the solstice the return of the light), the New Year, a covid vaccine, new president, etc.. Rituals connect us to our past, to our families,...

The Best Season of your Life.

The Best Season of your Life.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life. ~ Wu-men ~ Photo by Chris Galbraith I love this poem by Wu-men. For this to be the best...

Kon Mari – 3 years later.

Kon Mari – 3 years later.

It's been three years since I "Kon-Maried" my home.  Lately, there has been a big resurgence of the Kon Mari method (The life changing method of tidying up), due in large part to Marie Kondo's new Netflix binge-watchable show.  I thought it was time to take stock as...

Meditation Monday:  My Favorite Apps!

Meditation Monday: My Favorite Apps!

Feeling harried? Overwhelmed? Too many responsibilities? One tool to help reduce stress is to download a meditation app. and even more importantly (lol), ...BEGIN to practice!      Stress management helps you create your health on every level. You feel better, more at...

Enchanting Midsummer

Enchanting Midsummer

An Enchanting Visit   There's nothing like a morning swim in the lake in summer.   Not a single soul was out on the lake this morning.   Except me.   And a Dragonfly. This guy hovered along side me, keeping me company, for most of the swim.  ...

What we can do about it.

What we can do about it.

Part II.     ...The escalation of abuse, and what we can do about it. I worry about how our children are being affected by what they observe and experience.  They learn how to behave by witnessing how the adults in their lives (and the ones in the media) conduct...

The Culture of Violence.

The Culture of Violence.

Me, Me, Me, Me... If you've watched the news this week, you've probably seen the clip of Trump shoving Dusko Markovic, the prime minister of Montenegro aside at the NATO meeting.  Looking quite pleased with himself, he was able to move in front for the photo shot.  As...