Why You Should Start Blogging Now

We are all now at home, out of society and out of our routine. The coronavirus pandemic has returned so much personal time in our hands. Why not put it into something that will benefit you? Like blogging? Here are some reasons why you need to start blogging now.

To Reduce Stress And Anxiety

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We all know that everyone has been feeling anxious and stressed out these past few months. The coronavirus pandemic pulled us out from our usual routines and physically disconnected us from our friends and loved ones. So, writing a blog about yourself, about your day-to-day experience while in quarantine – your “quaranthings“, can help relieve this stress. 

According to Michael Smith, Ph.D., “Writing about positive emotions may help to reduce stress and anxiety.” He adds that “Earlier research has also found that writing about negative emotions – getting things “off your chest” – can improve your mental health.”

Also, stress affects your body since it puts a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. So, by writing to reduce stress, you are also taking care of your physical health! 

To Learn And Develop New Skills

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Did you know that blogging is more than just writing? Managing your blog and creating content for it helps you develop skills in designing, search engine optimization (SEO), content management and creativity. These skills that you learn from blogging – the technological and creative skills – are some of the necessary competencies you will need to thrive in the future.

So, now that you have more time in your hands why not start blogging and get a jumpstart at developing those skill?

To Meet New People

Since your blog is online and on the internet, people from around the world have access to it. So, blogging is also an avenue for you to meet new people in the comforts of your home. You will find a community who shares the same passion and drive that you have – regardless of what the niche of your blog is.

And now that we are facing trial times and disconnection why not try to reverse the effects of being disconnected? Connect with people around the world through your blog.

To Have Access To New Opportunities

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Whether your blog is about yourself or your business, it opens you up to new opportunities, globally. 

The pandemic has put a toll on the global economy and has made a lot of people lose their jobs. And blogging is connecting you to a lot of people—from almost anywhere around the globe. And these people can be a market and a potential source of income. Putting up a blog for your business is also an excellent way to build up its reputation and reach in the online community.

Likewise, blogging also opens up a lot of opportunities for you, even if your blog is a personal one. You may find out that you have a knack and passion for writing or that you have skills to share with other people. Especially now that people are at home and online, the opportunities become endless.

To Earn A Passive Income

Like what I have mentioned above, blogging can let you earn a passive income. It will not happen off-the-bat, but it can be a reality with proper blog management. Even personal blogs can earn from ads and affiliate marketing. 

Also, blogging can help other people earn income. Because once your blog has a maximum reach, you’ll have the opportunity to hire people to help you maintain it. And now that a lot of people needs a job, this will be extra helpful.

To Express Yourself Creatively

A personal blog or a business blog is a creative outlet. And the benefits of creativity is not limited to boosting your artistic skills. It also makes you happy. Being happy increases your happy hormones in your body, therefore improving your immune system as well. And lastly, being creative makes you smarter too.

To Do Something Fun And Easy

The final reason you need to blog now is that it is easy. Blogging is way easier than you think. Initially, you do not need to be super tech-savvy to run and create your blog. It will even take you less of a day to find a web host, design your blog, and upload your original content. You have loads of time in your hands, and you need to do something fun now – blogging.

It may seem that blogging is that last thing we need to do while being cooped in our homes. But it is easy and fun and has loads of benefits. So, why not start blogging today?

5 DIY Home Decorations From Recycled Materials

The 2019 Environmental Events emphasized how climate change is taking a toll on our lives. Therefore, it is essential to come up with simple ways that will help us save the planet. You may conduct recycling drives, river cleanups, community cleaning, and more. However, the best way to go about this is to start in the comfort of your own homes. Recycle materials to come up with your DIY home decorations!

Kitchenware Wall Clock

You can design your wall clock by using old utensils, keys, fabric pieces, and used clothes. All you have to do is transform your spoons and forks as clock hands and use the other materials to design its surrounding area.

Mason Jar Vases

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If you have received too much mason jars from your past birthdays and holidays, then why not maximize its use by creating vases? Just put a quick coat of paint and add a rustic ribbon around it. Then, attach this to a sconce surface to keep the jar in place. What’s just missing are some blooms to add color!

Plastic Bottle Holders

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Plastic bottles are pretty flexible when you shift its use to being a home decor. You can utilize it as a pencil holder or as a container for other school supplies. Do this by cutting the bottle head and designing the body with some leftovers. You may work with some old magazines, art papers, newspapers, plastic trash, or even cloth.

Bottle Cap Wind Chime

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Whether you’re a beer lover or a craft beverage aficionado, the bottle cap wind chime will transform your boring porch into a cheery one. Collect all the bottle caps you get from your favorite beers and sodas and link them together. Then attach these to a tin can to be able to produce a colorful one-of-a-kind wind chime.

Braided T-Shirt Coasters

If you want to declutter your closet, then make sure not just to throw away your extra t-shirts or any cotton-made clothing. Instead, you can cut these into strips, braid it circularly, and create nifty t-shirt drink coasters. If you’re a minimalist, you may opt to use one primary color. However, if you aim to have a playful vibe at home, try out the different color combinations. It’s up to you!

Hobbying In A Time Of Isolation

We’re all on edge because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The anxiety is not just our imagination, either! In times of outbreaks, especially on a scale such as this one, it’s normal to feel stressed or anxious. Take note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines on how to maintain our mental health regarding the outbreak, which we should all know. The virus is a physical threat, and to combat it, most governments have instituted quarantines and social distancing. The lack of social interaction and not being able to leave home can cause us to feel antsy.

On top of that, there’s the anxiety caused by the threat of the coronavirus. We can’t go out to meet friends or go out to our favorite restaurants. The outbreak is creating a time of high stress for everyone.

But the quarantine doesn’t mean we should stop doing what we love. It means that we should probably be doing our favorite activities all the more to keep ourselves together!

Group Listening From Far Away

Having a hobby has long been proven to relieve stress, similar to my previous post on how keeping a journal can help with mental health. A lot of us have different interests, and if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I love music and movies. With all this time at home, we’ll probably have a lot of time to go through our music libraries again. We can go back and listen to albums we haven’t heard in years.

But you don’t have to indulge in your music hobby alone. We live in a time of nearly instantaneous communication! Now would be a great time to ask friends about what music they like. With all the various ways to listen to music out there, you can organize a listening party – you and a group of friends can join up online and listen to music together.

Listening parties are a great way to discover new music and share your favorites. It also lets you keep that human connection we’re all surely missing by now.

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Movie Night

Maybe you’d like to watch a movie instead of listening to music. Again, social isolation because of COVID-19 doesn’t mean we can’t go out and watch a movie with friends. Similar to how a listening party is hosted, put up a video call with friends and watch a movie together. Cook up some popcorn and your favorite drink, and you’ve got that movie night with friends.

But not all of us want to hang out with all our friends all the time. There’s nothing wrong with watching movies alone. Marathon that long movie series! If you feel up to it, you could also train your brain and analyze the film – identify some storytelling techniques and tropes, look for insights that you might not have had when you first viewed the movie.

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DIY When You Can’t Go Out

Can’t go to the store? No problem. Now’s the time to touch up old projects and give everything a fixer-upper. Look around at past projects and see what might need a little repair or some love. Even the most durable things have difficulty against the test of time and elements. But don’t trap of some DIY projects that are probably just going to be a waste of time!

Maybe you’ve got some extra materials lying around! Consider it a challenge, not a drawback that you can’t go out to get new stuff. Work with what you’ve got, eliminate wasted material. If you’ve got some scraps, see what you can put together! Who knows what you’ll be able to put together?

Try Doing Something New

And of course, it doesn’t hurt to try something completely new. Start making art, or if you’re into music, learn to sing. Don’t be afraid to begin anew, and remember that everyone’s a beginner. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with making some mistakes when you start. But there’s a project that everyone should take on.

Take Care Of Yourself

Taking care of yourself is probably the most important project you could take on. There are three hobbies listed here, but there are a lot out there. But if you’re feeling down, anxious, or stressed, it’s okay to take a break. If your hobby isn’t helping you calm down and relax, it’s okay to put it down for a while and rest.

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Being stuck at home doesn’t mean we suddenly must dramatically improve our hobby abilities. What’s most important during this pandemic is that we keep healthy, both physically and mentally.

Take care of yourself, everyone!

How Journal Writing Helps Your Emotional Health

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The 2019 Journalist Event talked about the present and future of journalism, highlighting how the press’ resilience and cunning had made them more durable over the years. Journalism, particularly in written form, had kept people informed, especially when there were no radios or televisions yet. Writing, in general, has continuously fed our minds with new information and knowledge. And it also had an impact on our emotional well-being, primarily when we write in our journals.

These are the positive effects of journal writing on your emotional health.

Gives A Clearer Understanding Of Self
The primary benefit of journal writing is a deeper understanding of the self. When you write about your day-to-day lives, or of the highlights of your days, you write about what you sense in your surroundings and how it affects you. In the long run, your journals will start to reflect on what is vital for you and what concerns you negatively and positively.

Journal writing also lets you look at yourself from the outside, as if you are a stranger to yourself. Because of this, you will start to become more mindful of how your actions and words affect other people, making you more empathetic towards the people around you.

Identifies Unhealthy Emotions And Its Triggers
When you develop more awareness of your emotions, you will also start to understand what triggers positive feelings like happiness and calmness, and the negative emotions like sadness and anger. Knowing and understanding how your surroundings affect you can help you have control over yourself. You may now be able to avoid or face the triggers that cause your depression or anxiety. 

Also, awareness of these negative triggers can help you devise a solution whenever the emotions hit you. Like for example, what you need to do when anxiety strikes, or when you start to feel alone.

Reduces Stress And Anxiety

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Journal writing also allows you to release your negative thoughts, therefore easing the burden that accompanies them. Research has shown that writing down the negative emotions gives room for a positive mindset. Positivity happens because you become in control of what you’re feeling, and you feel like writing them down is akin to letting them go.

Also, as journaling makes you aware of your triggers, you will be able to reduce stress and anxiety; therefore, be able to avoid them too.

Makes Sense Of The Future
Not only does journal writing affect your present, but it can also shape your future. Since it gives you a better understanding of yourself, you will learn how to change your future positively. If, for example, you notice that you tend to be mad at people, becoming aware of this will help you develop a game plan in the future should you aim to have more friends or to find a partner.

Also, jotting down life events can help clarify your memories, therefore giving you a more definite sense of why things happen in your life. And ultimately, how you can become a better you.

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Journal writing is a useful tool in preserving memories, knowing yourself, and managing and controlling your emotions. It is also not costly; you need a notebook and a pen and your set to go!

Five Movies That Captured Mental Health Illness The Right Way

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Most movies that try to tell the story of the human mind often miss the point that they want us to get. They exaggerate the roles of the actors who are supposed to be mentally challenged, or they want the actors to be obviously different from the rest of the cast, which simply follows the social stigma that all mentally ill individuals can be distinguished from the ‘normal people.’

“The reason more don’t go for psychotherapy or medication is stigma. They worry they’ll be labeled, deemed undesirable, and other such things.” –Deborah Serani, PsyD

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However, in actuality, all of us experience depression or go through mental health issues at some point in our lives. Or perhaps one of our family members or friends has suffered from sadness or loss, regardless of whether or not they have a mental condition.

This list contains five movies that talk about various health concerns – but the way they are discussed is true to the real definition and course of specific mental conditions. Unlike most, these movies have appropriately tackled and managed to respect the essence of being mentally challenged.

  1. Rain Man

 Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise are brothers in this movie. Charlie (Tom) is an autistic savant (an autistic with extraordinary skills), a young man who is carefree and has an incredibly positive way of seeing life. Raymond, on the other hand, is also mentally challenged yet he possesses an amazing memory and ridiculously awesome math skills. In their journey together, Charlie discovers this about Raymond, and the story revolves around their lives and how they lived it despite their disabilities.

This film became an eye-opener when it came out in 1988. It inspired many to open up to the world about autism in their families, leading to increased awareness about it in public.

 

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  1. A Beautiful Mind

“Patients diagnosed with schizophrenia do not present with a split personality, nor is it common for someone with the disorder to be violent,” says Simon Rego, PsyD. Perhaps one of Russell Crowe’s best performances, this movie portrays him as a mathematician who has schizophrenia – an individual with a beautiful mind.

The film attempts successfully to tell the story of the mathematician John Nash who, after battling with his condition and abandoning everything that was important to him, triumphantly repairs his broken self. He was acknowledged for his talent by being awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize. This is a book-based true story movie of a schizophrenic turned hero.

  1. Good Will Hunting

 This heartfelt drama stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Robin Williams. Will Hunting (Matt) plays a janitor at MIT who is amazingly smart and spends his free time solving difficult puzzles that most of the students can hardly solve. Will has incredible talent but he has a dark past – he was an abused child – so he also had a troubled mind.

The movie revolves around how a compassionate therapist (Robin), helps Will recover from the pain of his past and overcome his depression and went on to be successful in his life’s endeavors.

Good Will Hunting garnered two Oscar Awards and is a must-see for everyone who loves inspirational movies with a touch of humor.

  1. The Aviator

 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is the mental condition that is focused in this movie played by Leonardo DiCaprio. He is a famous businessman, aviation magnate, and a movie director. However, in his private life, he suffers from OCD, depression and various phobias, which have caused him to spiral down and lose control of his life. He then spends a lot of money just to be with his leading ladies, compromising them as his condition progresses.

Martin Scorsese succeeds in depicting the story of Howard Hughes in this psychological drama.

  1. Silver Linings Playbook

 If you haven’t seen this 2012 movie, you better! Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence take a shot at representing what it means to be mentally ill and always having to be associated with the stigma of being ‘crazies.’ Jennifer Lawrence plays an educated young woman who has bipolar disorder, while Bradley also has some kind of mental condition.

“Bipolar Disorder is a mental health issue where neurological differences can be observed between those who have and do not have this diagnosis.” –Catherine “Katie” Ness, MA, LCPC

According to a Harvard University psychiatrist, the film has effectively depicted the life of a person who is bipolar yet is smart, beautiful and one who is aware that she has and will always carry her mental illness throughout her life.

 

 

 

5 Must-Watch Films for Couples

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Watching home movies is always more fun with your special someone. Not only can you avoid waiting in long lines, but you also save a little bit of cash by not having to buy overpriced snacks. You also don’t have to be stuck with the choice of movies at the theater — with DVD Netflix; you can rent and watch a wide variety of movies from any genre in the comfort of your living room.

However, with so many great films to choose from, deciding what movies to watch can be a daunting task. For movie dates at home, I recommend choosing three on movie nights: one for you, one for your significant other, and one that both of you like. Among all the romantic comedies, classic films, and action flicks, you’re bound to find a handful that you both will enjoy.

Whatever movies you decide to snuggle up to, it’s easy to browse through our vast library and even more convenient to have them shipped to you. Here are some of our favorites:

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The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

Almost a decade before Steve Carell became the voice of Gru of Despicable Me fame; he was Andy Stitzer, a friendly but quirky guy who, at the age of 40, has never been intimate with anyone.

To help him out, his well-meaning friends go out of their way to find Andy a match. However, Andy himself seems determined to win over a girl of his own choosing, a shop owner named Trish.

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Charles (Hugh Grant), after a history of bad relationships, meets Carrie (Andie MacDowell) at a friend’s wedding. Beautiful and charming, Carrie soon captures Charlie’s heart, and the two spend the night together. The fling is short-lived, however, and Carrie goes back to America, leaving Charlie pining for her.

Audiences will be captivated by this story about love, destiny, and ironies of real life as they follow the lives of these flawed but relatable characters.

Titanic (1997)

If you’re looking for a classic that anyone will enjoy, look no further than one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic (also known as “The Ship of Dreams”) suffered from a tragic accident when it capsizes after hitting an iceberg. It had over 2,224 passengers, among them Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), a struggling artist, and Rose (Kate Winslet), a socialite. The two become friends and fall in love despite the difference in social class but are tragically separated during the shipwreck.

Have your tissues handy if you decide to watch it — this is a certified tearjerker!

Friends with Benefits (2011)

Jamie (Mila Kunis) and Dylan (Justin Timberlake) agree to be friends with benefits; that is, they can be physically intimate without the emotional attachment of typical couples. This proves to be increasingly difficult as they navigate through their feelings and figure out what they mean to each other. Witty but sweet, this is a great romantic comedy for the modern timesflickr.com

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

Based on a novel by Deborah Moggach, this movie is poignant but endearing as it explores different themes like love, family, friendship, and second chances.

It tells the story of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy who decide to go to India and stay in a luxurious hotel, only to find that their new home isn’t as picturesque as they thought. While exploring and soaking in the Indian culture, they meet some more interesting characters, all the while discovering that even in their old age, there is always room to learn and grow.

DIY Projects That Are Not Worth Doing

If you’re a sucker for DIY crafts, you should know that not all things DIY are worth your while, right? And although there are tons of kitchen and do-it-yourself home renovations every time you click the search engine, there are also several projects that seem to be easy and quick to do yourself, in the end, the final project is a disaster. So instead of saving hundreds of bucks, you risk spending a thousand or more, and worse, creating one of the biggest home DIY mistakes of your life.

According to seasoned real estate brokers, home buyers choosing between two houses who come to discover that house number 1 had a major DIY flop and the other house was renovated professionally would ultimately choose house number 2, despite the higher selling price. This only goes to show that sometimes, spending a few extra bucks to have a professional do your home may be more worthwhile after all.

For all the DIYers who are thinking of doing a makeover right now, perhaps you should read this. Here are some of the commonly done DIY projects for the home that should be avoided.

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DIY Mistakes One Should Avoid

 Painting The Walls On Your Own Is ANo-No!

 A lot of homeowners struggle to paint their houses themselves thinking that it’s too expensive to hire a professional painter to do it. They think that buying a few cans and spending a few hours over the weekend to brush the walls are not that difficult. Perhaps it isn’t, but it is difficult to paint EFFECTIVELY, and most of the time, a bad paint job can cost you more money, especially if you’re planning to sell your home shortly.

A quality paint job requires consistent brush strokes and brush tones, the right color for the right area of the house, the overall cleanliness, and of course, the right feel. Thinking of painting your living room walls today? Think twice! You might end up losing more money and damaging your property.

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Installing Your Kitchen Cabinets Can Be A Big Back Job After

 We really can’t blame you if you’d feel all excited to install and mount your cabinets and appliances by yourself, especially if you’re a mom. After all, the kitchen is one of your favorite spots to fix and decorate. However, appliance company managers suggest that it would be practical and wise to have them installed by a professional the first time, to avoid damage to the appliances. “Even though they buy from Ikea and install them by themselves, without the proper skills, it would show by the way the kitchen looks.”

Consequently, if you install cabinets and appliances yourself, you might just end up placing the wrong cabinet door at the wrong place!

Leave Tiling To The Professional

 Your choice of tiles on your floors plays a crucial role in the beauty of your home, but so is the quality of the tile work. Just like a paint job, installing tiles and lining them efficiently and appropriately can also greatly affect the overall appearance of your property inside and out. Most prospective buyers prefer homes where the owners invested in having their tiles done professionally. Brokers suggest finding someone who’s qualified to do it and to do it well.

Bottom Line

 There are two types of homeowners – one who decides to spare himself from the high cost and invests in his time and effort, and the other who prefers to spend a little more to get the highest quality of his home at the highest selling price. Which are you? The bottom line is, you do get what you pay for!

 

 

How Music Therapy Brought a Couple Together Again

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I once got to meet a man in hospice whose wife was also his caregiver. He was suffering from dementia, which at times made him agitated and difficult to deal with. Although she knew it would be a challenge, his wife, a nurse, was determined to keep him at home as long as possible. To help ease his mood swings, the hospice called me, a music therapist, to hold sessions in the couple’s home.

When I first met the man, he had just been sedated and was dozed off in his recliner. To give me an idea of his musical background and preferences, his wife showed me his CD collection and their Bose stereo system, which her husband loved. I began singing some verses, but the man would not wake up. Instead, I left some CDs with his wife for her to play whenever he became aggressive. We agreed that I should schedule my visits earlier in the day when he would most likely still be awake.

“Therapy doesn’t have to be talk-based; there are some modalities, like music therapy and art therapy, that can help you get those in tune with those emotions without having to cough them up verbally.” –Hannah Goodman, LMHC

I had better luck during my second visit, as he was awake on his bed, which they had placed in the living room. I began by singing a few songs from different genres, observing his reactions. I sang verses of band music (no reaction), gospel hymns (still nothing), and country (try again). I finally got his attention when I sang “Home on the Range” — he even began singing along. His wife, who had never heard him sing, was surprised. I proceeded to try more folk music: “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain,” “You Are My Sunshine,” and “The Crawdad Song.” He knew each song by heart, and we were delighted to make a breakthrough.

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The following sessions fell into a pattern: she and I would sit on opposite sides of his bed, then he and I would sing a few dozen songs which he knew and remembered. She and I would ask him questions to help him recall some memories. We discovered that “School Days” brought back stories of walking to the country school in the snow while “Home on the Range” would bring up all kinds of tales about living and working in Kansas. I took note of the times when he became distracted or started getting agitated, and changed the music to get him back on track. I also found ways to encourage interaction between the couple. She once held his hand while they looked into each other’s eyes as we sang “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” To spark loving memories between them, I learned the songs that they played at their wedding. Though he didn’t remember them well enough to sing along, my renditions gave them more time to reconnect as two sweethearts.

“Through the counseling process, couples find ways to improve their level of relationship satisfaction, sometimes they can also identify obstacles or characteristics that are too much to bear for either person or for the relationship to overcome.” –Dana Baduna, PhD, LMFT

His wife was delighted to know that he really could sing and seemed to enjoy it. The music also helped him to enjoy being with his wife again. In fact, even though he often didn’t recognize his wife during their daily activities, he seemed to remember who she was whenever we would have our music sessions. He even started recognizing me whenever I walked in the door, even if he couldn’t remember my name.

However, things took a turn for the worse as his disease progressed. Our sessions became shorter as he struggled to stay awake. His wife found it more and more difficult to attend to him and brought in extra help from a private duty company. Her kids spent more nights in the living room so that she could get some sleep in her own bed. Everyone’s patience got stretched to the limit. Still, every week during our music therapy session, the two of them would be a couple again. He would remember her, and she held his hand, and at least for a while, everyone could smile.

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Long-term caregiving can be such a struggle, filled with grief, frustration, and physical exhaustion. The relationships between a husband and wife, a mother and daughter, or between a father and son change because of this disease. But through the power of music, the beauty and goodness of relationships can shine through again. The caregiver and ward can spend time together, with less pressure and stress. There can be moments of laughter, sighs of relief, or even heartfelt affirmations of love.

Doesn’t that make it worthwhile? “Many times I have heard couples say, “We know what’s wrong, but we just don’t know how to fix it.”. This is a perfect time to get a third party involved. If a couple is stuck, a skilled clinician may be able to get them moving in the right direction.” Donna M. White, LMHC, CACP said.

How has music impacted your relationship as a caregiver with your loved one? How have you seen music therapy affect others’ relationships? Please leave your comment below.

 

Strengthening Your Relationship By Starting In The Kitchen

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 Spend some quality time cooking together, and your stove won’t be the only thing that’ll get hot.

It’s a well-known fact that home-cooked meals are generally better for your health than consuming calories from canned foods. It may be a surprise that spending time in the kitchen with your significant other can be particularly beneficial for your relationship. If you are not really convinced, it is best that you read further so that you will get the full idea.

It Encourages More Bonding Time

“For someone who battles negative thoughts, worries, and is constantly bombarded with doubt, fear, shame, cooking can be a healthy outlet to bring peace and serenity into their headspace.” Justyna Wawrzonek, LCSW, LADC, said. Cooking together or helping the other in the kitchen is a great way to connect and bond with your partner. Aside from the fact that you are doing something together, you are creating something with the person you love. Together you get to appreciate the task and the product of both your labor.

Spending time together will enable you and your significant other to catch up with each other, converse over small things and just be together. Imagine how deep your bond will be if you do this every day. This kind of bonding is a lot more productive than just curling up in front of the television or dining it. Cooking in the kitchen is a lot less costly and more comfortable.

It Heightens Health And Happiness

According to studies, it was revealed that consuming more vegetables and fruits positively correlated to happiness and satisfying life.  Similarly, cooking and eating wholesome and healthy meals increases self-esteem and improves your mood, which can only be helpful to your relationship. “Cooking helps mental health in that it can be a creative outlet. It’s a way to channel energy, can be used as a distraction, help build mastery in a skill, and a way to express emotions through a different medium,” says Counselor Nicole Lambert.

Other than that, you and your husband can go through the menu together and innovate ways in making your dish healthier for the both of you. This makes you both happy and feels healthy with whatever you come up with because of your food choices.

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It Improves Communication

Cooking together improves communication. Actually doing any task that requires coordination and organization will keep both parties talking. You will then learn how to further communicate with your partner and even understand him without many words.

Not only do you keep talking to each other but you learn to sync in with your partners and coordinate even without much words. Eventually, you two will learn to “read” each other, and that elevates further your communication level.

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It Gets You In The Mood

Cooking can be really fun. Anything can happen, and it goes to say that it can even turn you on. So frequently cooking with your significant other will further deepen your intimacy which will be very beneficial to the relationship.

You just need to be very creative and let your imagination roam around. Just let things pace naturally, and you will just find yourself surprised with what kitchen activities can do to your relationship. “Participating together as a couple gives the partners the opportunity to pay closer attention to one another and listen more intimately to their needs, wants, and dissatisfactions, thus establishing a closer bond and a more intimate connection.” Dana Baduna, PhD, LMFT said.

Also, while the aphrodisiac quality of certain foods has been debated for years, give some of them a whirl. You can try cooking anything from oysters to spicy food, both of which are known to get you in the mood. Whatever dish you decide to whip up, the fact that you prepared it together can lead to a spiced up relationship, even if you choose to skip the chili peppers.

How Psychotherapy Sessions Benefit From Music

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Music has long been known to affect one’s moods and emotions. Because of this, it has become more common for psychologists to integrate music with psychotherapy in addressing behavioral, emotional, and cognitive issues among their patients. Known as music therapy, these specially-designed programs are proving helpful to people with a wide variety of issues, from developmental delays to anxiety and mood disorders.

According to Robin D. Stone, LMHC, “Today, more people are making psychotherapy a part of their self-care practice. In the same way they have personal trainers, they are investing in therapists — and that’s a good thing.” That is the reason Music therapy is beneficial in numerous situations and is a great complement to traditional psychotherapy. That being said, there are some things you should remember if you’re undergoing music therapy.

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What Does A Good Music Therapist Need?

Similar to traditional psychotherapy, music therapy is best practiced by experts in the field of psychology, or at least by a licensed counselor. Usually, music therapists are expected to have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a similar field. In addition, they should also be certified by a major music therapy organization.

Generally, patients diagnosed with developmental, behavioral or other disorders start music therapy as recommended by their psychologist or counselor. However, anyone who feels that he can benefit from music therapy can scout for a practitioner within the vicinity or online to suit their individual needs. Whatever the case may be, it is always recommended to search and verify the qualifications of the therapist before getting the treatment or engaging in any kind of program that is available.

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What To Expect From Music Therapy

“Therapy doesn’t have to be talk-based; there are some modalities, like music therapy and art therapy, that can help you get those in tune with those emotions without having to cough them up verbally.” Hannah Goodman, LMHC said. Since music therapy is a relatively new practice, prospective patients may have some questions regarding the method and how the sessions are done. Just as there are a wide variety of issues that can be addressed by music therapy, there are also many ways to administer the treatment. Depending on the patient’s specific condition, a practitioner would usually tailor the program to the patient’s needs and to the extent of his condition. That being said, there are several exercises that the practitioner uses in order to get the desired results, and these may all be modified as the treatment progresses to a higher level.

In other sessions, patients may have to listen to and discuss a particular type of music or song. Based on the feedback, the therapist may analyze his patient’s emotional state. Certain lyrics or parts of a song may also bring up important memories which a therapist may discuss in another session. Other possible exercises include group sessions, dancing, singing, and other musical expressions.

If you wish to know more about other music therapy techniques, you can always ask them for more information. For concerns which might affect your treatment (maybe performing in front of other people makes you especially anxious), it would be good to make it clear with your therapist even before your program begins. “Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.” Chris Corbett, PsyD explains.

 

In conclusion, a majority of the patients find the said therapy to be a very effective and uplifting form of psychotherapy. It has been proven helpful in addressing cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems. Through one-on-one and group sessions, it may even help improve a patient’s interpersonal skills. As both an alternative and a complement to other types of therapies, mainstream music therapy is a great choice for many people hoping to improve their quality of life.