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Mental health is important at every stage of life. While most people believe that mental health discussions are important, not enough is done to fill in the gaps. Our mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects the way we think, feel, and behave. It also has an impact on how we handle stress, engage with others, and make healthy choices.

Making conscious, healthy choices can help us live the healthiest lifestyle possible. Let's take a look at what it means to make a healthy choice and how our social decisions effect our community and personal well-being. It's important to remember that the government exists to serve the people, so we should elect healthy people to represent us.

Excessive government spending continues to slap Americans in the face, and raising taxes isn't the solution. The government is squandering public funds on pointless expenditures. To enhance the lives of Americans, we must address the problem at its source and allocate funds to critical services. Our mental health system is so flawed that it has a significant influence on the American people. Disparities exist between racial groups, as well as high-cost health care services and a lack of access to high-quality care.

According to the McKinsley American Opportunity Survey, 60% of Americans consider mental health care to be unaffordable. As a result, many people who have mental illnesses have been unable to receive therapy since it is "very expensive." So, how do we proceed from here? Let's look at ourselves first. Let's improve mental health treatment, encourage others to do so, initiate petitions, and discuss these issues at board meetings. The establishment of community mental health services should be promoted. Everyone should have access to high-quality health care, which should not be limited to specific communities or neighborhoods. Why would you want to separate primary care from mental health treatment? This has puzzled me for quite some time. Mental health treatment, in my opinion, should be incorporated in primary care. Mental health treatments are critical for prevention and intervention, yet they are deliberately out of reach and insanely expensive. Consider this: if mental health services were integrated into general hospitals, urgent care clinics, and doctors' offices, the number of psychiatric facilities would be reduced.

We forget that we don't have to be diagnosed with a mental illness to seek help; sometimes all you need is to debrief and check in with yourself, and that's perfectly fine. Self-care means looking after oneself to be well, be productive, and to assist and care for others. More funds should be invested into the construction of mental health pop-up clinics on more street corners, rather than having 2-3 alcohol stores on the same block or within a certain radius.

According to mental health America, the following major findings for 2022 have been uncovered thus far:

  • In the United States, both adults and children continue to be disadvantaged.

  • Mentally ill people who are uninsured make up 11.1% of the population in the United States. The indicator increased by 0.3% from the previous year's dataset, marking the second year in a row since the Affordable Care Act's adoption (ACA).

  • A total of 950,000 youngsters, or 8.1% of all children, had private insurance that did not cover mental health care.

Creative art therapies are used in conjunction with traditional mental health treatment. Art, music, and dance are examples of creative art treatments that have long been used to help people suffering from mental illnesses (Lehofer & Stuppack, 2005). Incorporating these therapies into hospital operations can help create a positive and artistic atmosphere in the facilities.

In several studies, dance therapy was found to reduce negative emotions such as anger, frustration, depression, fear, tension, and anxiety (Rebollo, 2004). The goals have always been to manage behaviors, process feelings, reduce emotional distress, and boost self-esteem. The following are some of the reasons why children and adults benefit from creative art therapies:

  • Self-discovery: These programs can help you recognize and accept feelings that have been buried deep inside your subconscious.

  • Self-esteem: Participating in these programs will provide you with a sense of accomplishment, which can help you boost your self-esteem and confidence.

  • Stress relief: Fighting anxiety, sadness, or emotional trauma can be mentally and physically exhausting. Making art can help you relax your mind and body and relieve tension.

  • Emotional release: The most significant advantage of creative art therapy is that it provides a healthy avenue for expressing and letting go of all your emotions and concerns. Sadness or fury are examples of complex emotions that are difficult to explain with words. Making creative art therapy may assist you in expressing yourself when you are unable to do so but seek emotional relief.

Emotions are expressed through a variety of bodily activities that are important in our social interactions, social outcomes, and how we communicate our feelings to others (Calvo et al., 2015). Our impulses can tell us what is going on as a way of resolving the problem by involving brain activity, because emotions are the psycho-physiological ways in which we react to an action (Van Dyck et al., 2014). This can help us adjust to new environments in the future. Emotions are mental feelings that can influence the mind, which acts as a signal in a specific situation (Devon, 2016). Emotions can convey information about our environment's "friendliness or danger" by acting as indicators (Van Dyck et al., 2014, pg.1).

Rebollo claimed that creative art treatments are a vital aspect of modern health, and that they should be employed in "clinical applications in hospitals, institutes, and private practice," based on demographics and patient histories of psychological and physiological disorders (Rebollo, 2004, pg.838). Dance therapy has been demonstrated to have a significant impact on helping people "accept and let go" of emotions, repair their bodies, and cultivate mindfulness through encouraging personal creativity. The table below highlights some of the data gathered on dance utilization:

At some institutions, dance therapy has been used to demonstrate its positive effects on self-efficacy, vitality, emotions, and increased coping capacities (Bradt, Goodill, & Dileo, 2011). Prisons have used creative art therapy to increase inmates' self-awareness and emotional growth, leading to good behavioral adjustments (Gussak & Ploumis-Devick, 2004). As a result, some of the detainees reported their spirits had improved and their coping abilities had improved. Stuckey and Noble mention previous study reviews on the outcomes of dance therapy use.

Here at Creatively, WE release we're working hard to make creative art programs in our communities and social institutions more accessible.

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The world is a lovely place, filled with beautiful people, places, and things, but it is currently under attack in the worst way possible, an attack that we cannot see. Consider fighting a war on something you can't see with your own eyes. I talk about duality and how we live in a world divided into good and evil. In a figurative sense, there is duality everywhere: good and evil, peace and war, black and white, up and down. So, how do we deal with an opponent like this?

We have been exposed to unimaginable things because of the pandemic. Some people's mental and emotional health has deteriorated to the point where they have lost hope. I emphasize the importance of maintaining our mental health since we cannot function at our best without it. What steps can we take to improve our mental health?

To begin, I'd like you to consider the following:

  • Are you consuming the correct foods? Nutrition is important for mental health since specific nutrients and proteins are required for brain function, cell creation, memory, and nervous system circulation.

  • When you're having a difficult time with uncomfortable thoughts, do you face them or do you distract yourself with alcohol, narcotics, and sex?

  • Do you have healthy boundaries in place? When you don't want to do something, do you say no? or are you supporting it because you don't want to disappoint somebody else? Remove yourself from bad relationships; nothing, including ourselves, lasts forever. When a relationship ends and no longer benefits you, it's over. It doesn't matter who you're in a relationship with. Keep in mind that you should always put yourself first.

  • Is that body of yours moving? Exercise, dance, and long walks can be beneficial to the mind, body, and spirit.

  • What do you like to do while you're by yourself? Are the shows you watch, the music you listen to, or the discussions you have healthy and have a positive impact on you?

  • Respect one another and learn to be patient. People who are in better health have more positive attitudes, which leads to better life choices.

During the stormiest weather, learn to listen and stay calm. You're just human, and you can only control so many things. Allow things to happen the way they're supposed to, at the time they're supposed to. Learn to educate yourself on the topics that you are unclear about, and surround yourself with people, places, and things that will foster positivity and other things necessary for your growth.

You'll know how strong you are when you learn to remain calm and still until the storm has passed. Take care of yourself this Thursday!

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