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Mental Health & Emotional Wellness
All things mental health by a marriage & family therapist...from "the "I" in Illness to the "We" in Wellness" from Soulseeds
Curated by Dr. Amy Fuller
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I like this quote about small change: "
The reason it's so hard to form productive habits is the same reason they're so effective when they're in place: It's all about willpower.
So once we understand willpower, we can better hack the habits."
The questions cover Purpose, Work/Career, Values, Relationships, Happiness, Attitude, Balance, Spirit, Success, Making a Difference, Health and Wellness, and Life Planning.
This is a long post and it is not intended to be read and acted upon in one sitting. Here’s what I suggest:
1) Today – Read the introduction and skim over the entire post. Get a feel for the questions and determine if you are ready to accept the challenge of asking them of yourself.
WARNING: This could change your life.
To read the full article:
Decades of research have found that introversion, emotional sensitivity, and vulnerability to negativity—seeing the glass as half empty—are all common personality traits of highly creative people. They are also common symptoms of depression. In fact, artists and writers are eight to ten times as likely as the general population to suffer from mood disorders. Many studies speculate that this is because artists tend to examine their lives more deeply than the average person and that they draw on unpleasant experiences to feed their work.
“Creative people might be more likely to experience negative emotions,” says Wendy Berry Mendes, the Sarlo/Ekman associate professor of emotion at the University of California, San Francisco, who conducted a study while at Harvard University to look at how mood change can affect creativity. In one study, researchers measured levels of DHEAS (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate), a hormone that when at lower-than-normal levels is associated with depression, before people received either harsh negative criticism or positive feedback in a mock job interview. Then the subjects were assigned a creative task. “Receiving negative compared to positive feedback was associated with enhanced creativity,” says Berry Mendes. “This was especially the case for individuals who had lower levels of DHEAS,” indicating they were predisposed to depression.
Feeling sad, mad, critical or otherwise awful? Surprise: negative emotions are essential for mental health.
Anger and sadness are an important part of life, and new research shows that experiencing and accepting such emotions are vital to our mental health. Attempting to suppress thoughts can backfire and even diminish our sense of contentment.
Instead of backing away from negative emotions, accept them. Acknowledge how you are feeling without rushing to change your emotional state. Many people find it helpful to breathe slowly and deeply while learning to tolerate strong feelings or to imagine the feelings as floating clouds, as a reminder that they will pass. I often tell my clients that a thought is just a thought and a feeling just a feeling, nothing more.
We learn so much about ourselves when we are aware and allow our negative emotions with a sense of curiousity. Learning to walk alongside instead of up against our negative emotion is important to our emotional health.