Healing Power of Writing

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Since I began writing my blogs I have felt this enormous sense of ease that has taken over my life. Still I run into my occasional problem but nothing I can’t come to understand. Blogging to me has helped me tremendously by giving me a different perspective when tackling my problems.

Writing has a profound effect when immersed creatively. As an author of an expressive piece of writing a lot of relevant insight into one’s life can be gathered. Writing can have a therapeutic effect improving mood, well-being and reducing stress. Reflecting and writing about good things can help us to feel more positive and motivated while also balancing the mental tabs of an overcrowded mind.

Writing about certain topics can help an author to gain insight into his/her priorities to better understand his/her emotional reaction. Expressive writing is thought to help enhance self-regulation and facilitate mental health. Whether reflecting on positive aspects of life trauma or visualizing our best possible self, writing allows individuals to examine a previously unexamined part of their lives.

Trauma writing is predicated on the idea we must revisit, re-experience and re-evaluate past traumas to release pent-up emotion and to really let go. When we choose to hold back from sharing our traumatic events we tend to experience chronic autonomic arousal and immune function deterioration. Writing can be an outlet to deal with pain rather than just blocking it out.

BPS or best possible self-based writing tends to bring awareness to ourselves when considering higher-level goals. Writing about our best personal self allows us to clarify our goals while reorganizing priorities and deciding on values. BPS writing appears to offer the same therapeutic benefits as trauma-based writing without the damper on mood.

“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say” – Flannery O’Connor

Writing is a journey and can be a vessel to take you from point A to point B. If you’re feeling writer’s block remember to just let it flow. Write on whatever topic is concerning you this very moment. Write about where you would love to see yourself in the future. Write about your dream vacations, your dream home and your dream job. Write about writing. Write about psychology, spirituality or health. Write blogs about blogs. For the love of God just write and see where it takes you.

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The Effects of Therapy Dogs

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“You can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats his dog” – Peary Perry

How is this theory true? Can you really see into a person’s character by the way he treats animals?

The truth is yes we can. Our kindness to animals has a big influence on how we treat other humans. Caring for animals such as dogs or cats helps us to think outwards. Domesticated pets offer companionship and qualities that are essential to a child’s development.

Pets offer a sense of purpose and fulfillment; they make good friends and good medicine. Obedient pets can become therapy animals improving coping skills in relieving stress. Offering a variety of mental health, emotional and physical benefits, domesticated pets can add a strong structure to an unstable home.

Pets relieve our feelings of loneliness and isolation. Like I mentioned, therapy pets; obedient animals can serve as an anchor keeping people grounded and happy. It is not uncommon for dogs to be incorporated into a therapy plan. The elderly, families affected by military deployment, even the disabled or ill strongly recognize the benefits pets can have.

No longer do we live in a day where we only use dogs to hunt or cats to fend off rodents. Instead nowadays pets are purchased more for their intangible benefits more than anything.

“A dog’s love is only second to that of a mother’s” – Radhika Mundra

Animal ownership is linked to a variety of positive outcomes. A dog’s companionship and unconditional love is something we can learn from. They love us plain and simple. As humans our lesson should be unconditional positive regard, acceptance and support regardless of what a person says or does.

We’ve all come into this world with lessons to learn. Remember our life situations get difficult and not to judge others but rather offer a helping hand if possible. We all shine in our own ways. Contribute to the community, volunteer and serve others as your therapy animal would serve you. We are not all lucky enough to rise above our circumstances but with persistent effort we can always create a better alternative. Remember when times are tough to be considerate and supportive. Don’t complain when asked for help rather jump at every opportunity to help fellow man.

“Clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose” – Friday Night Lights

Success is a journey not a destination. Remember to be open-minded and not judge a book by its cover. Live life with love in your heart and don’t forget UPR (unconditional positive regard).

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8 Simple Tips To Improve Your Well-Being

What are your mornings like?
Do you wake up only to hit the snooze button
or do you jump out of bed ready to take on the world?

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“Some people dream of success while others wake up in the morning and make it happen” – Wayne Huizenga

We should be psyched for every new day, we should be excited about every moment we have. The worst pain is knowing you missed the window of opportunity. It’s never to late to start accepting reality and begin challenging yourself to take your problems head on. Every morning is an opportunity to grow and should be cherished.

8 Simple Tips to Improve your Well-Being

1) Plan your morning & day the night before.

2) Go to bed earlier.

3) Drink water.

4) Eat breakfast.

5) Tackle your biggest problems first.

6) Exercise whether it be weight lifting, cardio or yoga.

7) Proper hygiene and care.

8) Declutter and organize.

Remember if you wake up earlier you can always relax and enjoy your free time before spending the day at work.  Again if you have time to spare you can always take a pause to meditate or pray. Don’t overlook the impact a moment of silence can have on your day.

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.” – Douglas Pagels

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Breaking Illusions & Finding Strength

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Why are we concerned with everything that hasn’t happened yet? We are worried about circumstances and situations that haven’t and may not ever take effect. Why is depression and anxiety becoming so common?

With constant overthinking we are constantly focused on the “what ifs” and the “unlimited possibilities” that our fear imposes rather than focusing on the opportunities that arise day to day. Living in fear we begin to rationalize every reason why our hopes and goals will never work out. As soon as we think we make progress facing our demons another roadblock persists. Fear has taken control of the general population like a grappling hook, one by one isolating victims dragging them down deeper and deeper into a dark hole they could never escape.

Why is obesity a leading cause for disease when it can be avoided? Why do we need to spend money in order to uphold an image or feel relevant? Why do most people suffer from addiction(s)? Most importantly why do we learn to accept our fears as our reality?

We rationalize every reason why we can’t do something and these become our subconscious beliefs. We one by one work our way through our limiting thoughts only to find another has taken its place.

It’s time to stop making excuses for yourself, It’s time to get out of your head and into your body. Start taking action. It’s time to convince yourself you deserve better.

Start loving yourself and seeing the value for what you’re worth. Start living through your word, your word to yourself and your word to others. Take initiative and address your fears you’ll be blown away with what you’re able to accomplish. Remember flow is key to efficiency and productivity, become flexible like water and flow. 

Address one problem at a time till you are no longer drowning in worry. You will feel a huge sense of accomplishment and realize you are stronger than you ever thought possible.

“The measure of strength is not his muscular power or strength but it is his flexibility and adaptability” – Debasish Mridha

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Technology & Loss of Willpower

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Technology is great and has improved humanity dramatically within the past 50 years. Think large appliances and where we’d be without them.. think vehicles.. cellphones…think mass media such as television and Internet.

All this technology was created to benefit humanity by making things more efficient and that it does but it does have its drawbacks. If you look around wherever you go you could probably suggest the robot takeover has begun (just kidding, kinda).

We’ve become so excited and obsessed over the advances in technology we refuse to put our devices down. Smartphones and tablets are captivating for entertainment purposes and can be efficient for organization but are mind-sucking time wasters when overused. Most people refuse to turn the TV off when they get home from work, binge watching complete seasons over a single night is becoming more and more common. It’s so normal now-a-days for people to have unhealthy attachments to their devices. 

Try to separate someone from their distraction and watch out!

Most people identify themselves with their social media accounts and refuse to give up their phone for the day. Most people look forward to watching a movie or TV show when they get home from work and don’t turn off the TV until they go to bed.

Most people feel paralyzed and need to remain attentive to their screens. Whatever new craze that is about to be, technology fanatics have to have it.

“Live fast die fun” – Travis Barker

Television nowadays is so good and there’s so much variety. Social media can be good to establish a network of strong connections.

To each their own when it comes to how you use your technology just remember not to lose yourself. Media can have strong influences on a person’s personality and behavior. Remember your values and remember moderation is key. 

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