DIY Dream Catchers To Combat PTSD Nightmares

Do you ever get nightmares? One common  symptoms of PTSD and complex PTSD is reoccurring nightmares. I typically get nightmares every night. It really sucks. They aren’t always awful, but usually leave me waking up with a bad taste in my mouth, and I don’t mean from morning breathe.  Bad dreams aren’t just for people […]

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DIY Alcohol Ink Tile Coasters To Reduce Stress During The Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching and for some, that means uncomfortable family get togethers, work parties, and spending money. It’s the time of year where I almost wish I could still drink. One way I like to reduce some of the stress is by making all my gifts, so this week we’re going to make […]

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DIY Easy Scented Hand Warmers To Help With Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter is coming! I totally don’t watch Game of Thrones and only know this reference on account of spending too much time on the internet. It’s a fact through, about the weather getting colder… unless you live on the other side of the planet and your summer is starting. Either way, these easy scented hand […]

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DIY: Creating Names & Name Tags For Your Plants To Connect Better With Nature

Nature is a very healing place. Being in nature reminds us that there is something bigger than ourselves going on, and we are a part of that bigger picture. Being in nature is also very calming and cleansing for our over stimulated brains. If you can get outside and away from the sounds and sights […]

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DIY Radical Acceptance Bracelet

Do things sometimes not work out how you want them to? Yeah, it kind of sucks. Do you wish people around you would do things differently? On a daily basis, I’m pretty sure most people are doing everything wrong and some how it’s messing up my program. Do you sometimes think, “If only things were […]

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DIY Easy Pressed Flower Stickers For Those Who Need More Nature In Their Lives

What’s your relationship like with nature? Do you hang out outside enough? Do you have bad allergies like me so you have a sort of love hate relationship with the outside? Personally, I get out in nature fairly regularly, but that’s because I also walk dogs and that doesn’t really work indoors. It’s not always […]

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DIY How To Slow Down Your Life By Burning Images Onto Wood

Looking for a way to slow down, you say? Look no further! Give wood image burning (Pyrography) a try. Pyrography  involves hot things and tracing lines which requires focus and a moderately steady hand. As a self-proclaimed impatient person, I had a lot of fun with this DIY. Even though it took FOREVER, it was […]

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DIY Image Transfer to Wood and the Importance of Making Mistakes

This DIY is just fun. It is also kind of annoying because it does not always come out right and when it doesn’t, I feel like I wasted a ton of resources and time. Oh well. That’s life, right? Constantly making mistakes and feeling like I wasted time and resources. The cool thing about making […]

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DIY Geometric Watercolor Paintings For The Restless Mind

I have a sort of love-hate relationship with watercolor paints. I love their soft look and that they dry so quickly. Out of most paints, though, watercolors are the least forgiving. So, I am going to warn you right off the bat that this tutorial is not the easiest and will probably be somewhat challenging […]

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DIY Sensory Slime

I am a very tactile sort of person. I think most people living with mental illness are physically sensitive. While, this hypersensitivity can be problematic at times, it can also be used for self soothing and pleasure purposes. Having some goop to hold and feel while feeling overwhelmed, restless, anxious, depressed, scattered, and the like […]

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DIY Art Journal Therapy

Tired of boring old journals with lines? Give art journaling a try! I really enjoy writing and getting my crazy thoughts out on paper has also been a very useful tool, but sometimes writing the words isn’t very much fun. With art, I get to let out my thoughts and feelings and maybe make something […]

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DIY Cactus Perler Bead Magnets For Impatient People

You might recall perler beads from your childhood. They are a very easy craft that you can keep simple or get totally crazy with. Some people make really amazing images with them. I am not one of those people, but after getting your feet wet with this simple tutorial you might want to join those […]

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DIY: How Fluid Art and Alcohol Ink Painting Helps My CPTSD

What is “fluid art”? It’s basically art that uses very thin, or low viscosity- to get technical, paint, or another medium to paint with. It usually involves pouring, squirting, dumping, or spraying ink or paint onto a canvas or paper and letting the medium do its thing. In this article, I’m going to talk about […]

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DIY: How Folding Cranes Helped Me Stay Sober

I used to have a drinking problem, and if I still drank, I would have a current drinking problem. Along with being bipolar, I’m also a recovering alcoholic. If it were not for getting clean, I probably would be dead by now. Part of what helped me stay sober was folding origami cranes. Quitting drinking […]

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DIY: Sensory Glitter Jar for Depression and ADHD

I’m pretty quick to sensory overload. Loud sounds are really startling and put me on edge, and too many moving objects can easily overwhelm me. I’ve learned to turn this sensitivity into a positive thing, though. When I’m feeling down, overwhelmed, or overstimulated I like to focus on one sense to help ground myself. Some […]

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DIY: Gestural Drawing for a Calmer Mind

If you’ve ever taken an art class, you’ve probably been introduced to the gestural drawing and might be rolling your eyes. Gestural drawing is a drawing exercise meant to help the artist truly see their subject as they draw. You don’t have to be an artist or a “good drawer” to try this activity. You […]

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DIY: How Needle Felting Helps Me Cope With Anger

What is needle felting and what does it have to do with being angry, you ask? Needle felting is the art of poking (or stabbing) wool roving with a little barbed needle. You can make many things with needle felting but for this article we’ll be doing a little sculpture. Needle felting works by using […]

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