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Would you like to be “AS HAPPY AS A PIG IN MUD”?

Finger painting was always popular when I was a elementary school art teacher. Who doesn't like squishing wet gooey stuff between their fingers? When I taught a painting class to the older children they loved to play with their paint trays after they were done, making a wonderful mess out of the remaining paint. And don't get me started on paper mache, always a hit with any age. You could really lose yourself in that gushy paste!

Pigs might love paint or paste too if they had the chance, but they instinctively know that mud is the superior ecstacy.

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Cognitive Therapy for Dummies, Part I

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Cognitive Therapy for Dummies

Cognitive therapy for dummies? Am I insulting you? Absolutely not! I was skeptical about cognitive therapy when I first heard about it. Then I found out how simple it was and how it could be broken down into one step at a time.

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Now don't take the 'dummy' part personally please. It is just that the whole idea of cognitive therapy seems kind of ominous and complicated and I thought if we could just 'dummy' it down a bit, we all might find it more digestable and then maybe more user friendly. Besides, we are crazy, we are not dumb, right?

'Cognitive therapy for dummies' is a rather serious topic for this 'festive' season, but you may find that you will need this method desperately during the holidays so please read on.

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Blogging Heroes: Meet Cancer Survivor, Depression Recoverer

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Blogging heroes are pioneers on the internet exemplifying courage, wisdom and inspiration. Welcome to the second in many Mondays of "My Heroes" where I will share with you, one blogger who is doing a great job blogging through depression and inspiring others.

What is a hero to you? The original idea of a hero would have been something to do with super human strength. 'Hero' sometimes implies somebody that we look up to. To me 'hero' involves someone who tries hard to live a full life in face of  human limitations and hardships. To me, anyone who can continue to inspire others, despite their own disappointments is a hero.

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Writing for Healing #8: The Mystery of Language

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Writing for Healing

The mystery of language, wait, is language really a mystery? Well, yes, in that when you are first introduced to it, it is truly something that has to be figured out. If you have ever been with a six year old when they begin to uncover the mystery of language you will see firsthand the wonder and awe of it all.

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Fridays are our 'Writing for Healing' days where we take a lesson from One Year of Writing and Healing. by Diane Morrow. You can join in anytime. You may or may not want to look at the lessons you have missed. Some of the lessons are so easy they only take a few minutes so don't assume this is a huge undertaking. It can be fun and healing at the same time!

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My Heroes: Blogging through Depression with Hero #1

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series My Heroes: Blogging Through Depression

Blogging through depression is what I am doing. I have been inspired by others doing the same.

blogging through depressionMondays are going to become my 'depression heroes' days for the next little while. My definition of a hero of depression is one who will not give up getting help or being a help; one who refuses to willingly give in to the doom and gloom of this illness and instead forges on to try anything they can to not only cope, but thrive, despite the odds.

My first hero writes a blog titled "Madsadgirl". She comes from London, England and she writes anonymously. She is blogging through depression.

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Writing for Healing #7: Journal, Box, Computer File?

Journal, box, computer file? What do you use for your writing? 

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I am so glad you joined us for our regular Friday Writing Lesson taken, with permission, from One Year of Writing and Healing by Dianne Morrow.

You can join in anytime. Most of these lessons are easier than you could imagine. There is very little 'work' and a lot of 'fun'.

This week's lesson doesn't even involve writing, wait and see…

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Writing for Healing #6: Discovering Needs and Desires

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Writing for Healing

Discovering needs and desires? Sound simple? Not when you are depressed. I recall several times being with my doctor who would ask "What would you like to see happen?" and I would say"why bother, it's not going to happen anyways." When you are depressed you shut down so much that you forget your own needs and desires."

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Welcome to our Friday writing sessions. You can join in anytime. These lessons are taken, with permission, from One Year of Writing and Healing.

Writing is a proven method for healing from almost anything. You may want to review some of my recent writing articles.

For now, here is today's lesson. Try it and see how it works for you!

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Writing and Healing #4: Easy Writing for Healing

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Writing for Healing

Easy writing for healing? Is there an easy way to write? 

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Fridays are our writing and healing days at 'Depression Getaway'. Each week we do a lesson from One Year of Writing and Healing. You can join in anytime. I hope you enjoy this one, it's a snap!

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Writing and Healing #3: Body Writing and No, I Don’t Mean Tatoos

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Writing for Healing

Body writing is a new term for me, and probably for you too! Strangely, it has nothing to do with writing.

 

 

Welcome back to our Friday Writing for Healing exercises where we follow Diane Morrow's wonderful lessons. You may want to visit that site from time to time. There is a lot more there that I am not including in our Friday exercises.

How did you find the 'freewriting' exercise from last week? Honestly, I find that particular kind of writing hard to do, I'm not sure why. Maybe because it seems pointless to me and I like things to have a purpose. But for some I know this can be a therapeutic exercise.

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Water Depression as if it was a Garden: Water is Good for Depression

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Depression Waterworks

Water for depression is as good crying for depression.

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We have been talking about the positive effects of crying. Certainly if crying is good for everyone, it is also good for those of us who are challenged by depression. We need no longer hide our heads in guilt over the tears that come so freely. We should welcome those tears and their healing benefits.

Tears are apparently not the only kind of water that is good for the brain.

Did you know that your brain power improves right after you drink water? (Jennifer Viegas)

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