Mental Wellness

When in Doubt, Get Creative

“I love, therefore I create. I create therefore I am.” –Rebecca

Creating feeds my soul; writing poetry, blogging, songwriting, singing, dancing, photographing, painting and drawing. When my spirit is at peace, I am relaxed and communicate better. Journaling before bedtime, inviting the words to flow through me, manifesting themselves in ink. Joy, wonder, this experience cannot be bought or sold; no TV program or video game can produce this satisfied feeling. Then, to share my art with another – to connect and form community around creativity. That is Divine.

Thank you blogging community! Life Adventures has just reached 100 followers. I am honored by your presence. I am glad for our shared writings during these challenging times.

What creativity feeds your soul?

Happy Manic Monday! –Rebecca

Pond Reflection Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
Bipolar, Mental Wellness

5 Favorite Mental Health Blogs

Mental wellness is a hot topic in the blogosphere. Here are my favorite sites that I read each week in order of how long I’ve followed them.

  1. It’s Good to Be Crazy Sometimes: Trina writes about her daily life in London, good days and bad. She generously hosts an excellent weekend share.
  2. Therapy Bits: Carol Anne is one of the sweetest bloggers you’ll ever meet. She has dissociative identity disorder and talks about her life’s ups and downs.
  3. Bipolar Barb: Barb blogs monthly, giving us an update on how she feels. She is honest and insightful.
  4. The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog: James Edgar Skye began his website to collaborate with other writers who have bipolar and to eradicate stigma. He strives to create community and a support system for people who are struggling.
  5. Cara’s Corner: This is a new site I’m reading. Cara struggles with bipolar and at times anorexia as well. She is thoughtful and gives good advice.

What are your favorite mental health websites?

It’s Manic Monday, and that’s a good thing. –Rebecca

Daffodils in the Afternoon Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
Bipolar, Mental Wellness

Manic Monday: 5 Healthful Hobbies

Online streaming is not my friend. I could watch videos endlessly until I have a headache from catatonic couch potatoing. What can help me return to bipedalism? What else might I do? Here are five activities I love.

Red Day Lilies Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

  1. Gardening: I lose all track of time when I’m gardening. Playing in the dirt is fun and the rewards are great; flowers!
  2. Photography: Finding new angles, inching up on butterflies, capturing nature in her beauty. This is another reward of #1; photographing the garden.
  3. Blogging: Meeting folks from Chile, Norway, India, China, Nigeria, Ireland, England Australia, Spain, Brazil, and more countries is delightful. The world is full of nice people.

    Wintry Little Free Library Photo: Rebecca Cuningham
  4. Walking: When I go around the block, I find flowers, ideas and sometimes books along the way. We have a neighborhood with 4 Little Free Libraries within two blocks of where we live. When I go further, say walk to the grocery store, I feel so darn proud of myself.
  5. Bicycling: In the summer, I challenge myself to ride my bike to go on errands that are less than two miles away. Last week, our child and I biked to the library to pick up our books on hold. You may notice a reading theme…another pastime.

All five of these activities help me relieve stress, pass the time enjoyably, and feel satisfaction. I feel happy when I create a post, take a picture, and get outside.

What are your hobbies?

It’s Manic Monday and that’s good news! –Rebecca

Purple Clematis Photo: Rebecca Cuningham