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Writing for Self-Expression

This entry is part 16 of 19 in the series Self-expression
Write it out!

Write it out!

I have saved the best for last.

The best what? The best form of self-expression for depressionwriting!

The last what? The last in my series about self-expression. Why have we been talking about self-expression? Because it is good for depression, that’s why.

I have shared some of the benefits of self-expression.

I have given you a list of 10 Great Opportunities for Self-Expression.

And I have saved the best for last.

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Express Yourself with Teaching!

This entry is part 14 of 19 in the series Self-expression

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Teaching someone else how to do something that you already know how to do is another great way of expressing yourself.

I remember a time long ago, in 1978,  when I was pregnant with my second child. A friend named Sylvia had lost her mother to cancer that year. I was experiencing a few complications with my pregnancy and had been told to take it easy. We decided to spend some time together and she chose to use that time teaching me to make bread the way her mother did. What fun we had! And it started me on a weekly routine of making my own bread which I in turn taught to my dad.

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Express Yourself with Cooking!

This entry is part 12 of 19 in the series Self-expression

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Have you noticed there was a trend for awhile in movies, to have stories about cooking and eating?

There have been some good ones! Have you seen any of them?

 

 

 

Julie and Julia

Eat, Pray, Love

Chocolat

Waitress

The Perfect Man

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Eat, Pray, Love and… Sing!

This entry is part 10 of 19 in the series Self-expression

eatprayloveHave you read the book or seen the movie? It has some good stuff in it.

Here is my favorite quote from the book: “There’s a crack in everyone…that’s how the light of God gets in.”

As we continue in our series on self-expression, I was reminded of this poignant story of a woman on the search for happiness. She was truly looking for new ways to express herself! That is what we are doing too.

So far, from our list of ten ways to express ourselves, we have talked about three: worship (prayer), art (coloring), and dance.

Today let's talk about music as self-expression, since it goes along with dance doesn't it?

If you have been praying, coloring and dancing then you have already experienced some of the benefits of self-expression.

Let's add music to the list. First we will start with the most simple aspect of music that you won't need any equipment for and won't have to spend any money on – SINGING!

I have written about Singing For Depression before on this blog.

Here is a quote from my favourite devotional called “Streams in the Desert”: “We can sing our cares away easier than we can reason them away. Sing in the morning. The birds are the earliest to sing, and birds are more without care than anything else I know. Sing in the evening. Singing is the last thing robins do. Oh that we might sing morning and evening and let song touch song all the way through.”

So if you are taking the Self-Expression Challenge, add singing today! It doesn't have to be fancy or good, just sing! See what it does for you?

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Have you tried any of these things? Praying? Coloring? Dancing? Has it made any difference?

I am so glad you dropped by today!

Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

 

Dance Like No One’s Watching!

This entry is part 9 of 19 in the series Self-expression

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Oh I do hope you are taking me up on ‘The Self-Expression Challenge”. As I continue in this series which is promoting the idea that self-expression can be helpful for dealing with depression, I would like to chat about dancing and it therapeutic benefits.

I gave you a good list of different forms of self-expression. We have tackled prayer and coloring so far. Did anyone try prayer?

And how about coloring, how is that going? Now, I don’t want you to quit coloring and start dancing instead, but I DO want you to start dancing.

Do you know that song “Dance Like No One’s Watching”?  Wait, there is another song similar, click here. Anyways, the point is this, that we should DANCE LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING!

Or like the little guy in this picture, dance whether anyone is watching or not. Look at the joy on his face! Of course he is young and carefree but still, maybe a little dancing might make us young and carefree again?

WHAT ABOUT YOU? So, my self-expression challenge for you today is to dance, for one minute! With or without music, it is up to you.

Tomorrow I will ask you how that felt, and then share some of the amazing therapeutic benefits of dance.

I am so glad you dropped by today!

Join me again at ‘Depression Getaway’ and together we will…

…live, care, laugh, share, learn, discover, forgive and recover.

Don’t give up, I’m praying for you!

Wendy Love

 

 

Take the Self-Expression Challenge

This entry is part 7 of 19 in the series Self-expression

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We have been discussing self-expression and the benefits it has for depression.

For the last few posts I have even chosen prayer as a form of self-expression. Would you ever have thought that prayer was a way of expressing ourselves?

I chose prayer because it is something that is important to me and I have found it a wonderful way to express myself. Besides, I really do believe there is a God, that he loves me and he died for me and he answers prayer!

I hope you enjoyed the posts about prayer….

But there are so many other ways to express ourselves. I shared a list of ideas in 10 Great Opportunities for Self-Expression.

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Praying – It’s Easier Than You Think

This entry is part 5 of 19 in the series Self-expression

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Today I would like to share a favourite story from “Streams in the Desert, Book 2” entry date May 12.
The story is told of a shabby old gentleman who every day at twelve o’clock would enter the church, stay a few minutes, then leave. The caretaker was concerned for the valuable altar furnishings. Every day he watched to be sure nothing was taken, and every day just at twelve the shabby figure would arrive. One day the caretaker accosted him. “Look here, my friend, what are you up to, going into the church every day?””I go to pray” replied the old man politely.

“Now come”, the cautious caretaker said, “you don’t stay long enough to pray.”

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Self-Expression Through Prayer

This entry is part 6 of 19 in the series Self-expression

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At each of my daughters weddings I received the most delightful revelation. At both weddings I was invited to welcome everyone at the reception and then pray before we ate. At each wedding, as I reached the podium and looked at my daughter and her new husband I had a revelation (“this is the one I have been praying about all of these years!”)

Let me explain. When I first became a christian I was about thirty years old and my daughters were 3 and 5. I was excited about everything to do with my new found faith. I devoured my bible and read books telling me how other christians led their lives. One christian woman said how she started praying for the spouse of each of her children, while those children were still young. I decided I would do that too! And so I started praying for a little boy I hadn’t met yet, but who God had already chosen for each of my girls.

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Creating Your Own “Happy Endings” through Self-Expression

This entry is part 4 of 19 in the series Self-expression
houseplanI love to design floor plans of houses. No, the one above is not one of mine. For me, drawing floor plans for houses is like doodling. One time my husband came home with a gift of a huge box of graph paper because he sees how much pleasure I get from this little hobby I have had since I was a teenager.
The interesting thing is that I don’t design big fancy houses. They are all fairly practical. But each one solves a little problem here or there. And I imagine how much better one design is compared to another. When I feel overwhelmed with my house, I design a smaller one and I imagine how much easier life would be if I had a smaller house. It is kind of my way of dreaming, my way of expressing myself and my way of having control over something, even if it is only in my imagination.

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10 Great Opportunities for Self-Expression

This entry is part 3 of 19 in the series Self-expression
MAKING A LIST

MAKING A LIST

We are talking about self-expression for improving good mental health. Last time we talked about some of the benefits.

Now it’s time to get practical. Just in case you can’t think of any ways to express yourself, here is a list to get you thinking.

1. Art – painting, drawing, coloring

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