Yeah, so I got my weekly Depression Wellness Recovery Art Class started up and going.
I've had a few people show up, a few regulars and one drop-in.
Plus I've been spreading the word to people every day so I expect a steady growth in members.
Anywhoo. it worked out well to start with the Symptoms of Depression first, and then put them into 1 of 3 categories (body, mind, emotion), which serves to justify the use of daily GRAPES.
Then we jump into GRAPES with the handouts I already described last blog post, and then go into negative thinking and reframing negative, critical, depressed thinking into wellness affirmations.
Along with that we put in coloring or doodle pages in-between and just also decided to add a doodle border to each worksheet moving forward.
I got the bones of it, but the members of the class also help create this thing by adding in their two cents as we go and their feedback on what I've put together as well.
Everyone leave happy. They smile more. They are glad they came. They got their social support goal met for the week and they like it.
This gives me great personal pleasure and satisfaction.
Now.., how do I bring my 3 recovery binders full of energy psychology and recovery with positive psychology "stuff" into the picture?
Answer: I don't know, just one step at a time.
It's ok if one step at a time feels like a slow crawl.
Like I'm behind and gotta catch up and get all this stuff out there...
But I have to be in the moment today and go with the crawl.
Embrace the crawl.
I've learned to just embrace all the shit that happens, because shit it suppose to happen.
Embrace it, feel it, mindfulness it, and clear it up in time too.
And that's what the next part of the class is all about: how to deal with the shit that happens.
That's where EFT Tapping come in. We will learn EFT in 5 Easy Steps and start applying that to our negative thinking and feeling and get some movement there.
And also, this is where MINDFULNESS come in too. We will practice it together in several ways, not just the healing way. We will mindfully color and doodle without realizing it half the time. We will learn SOMATIC MINDFULNESS so we will get used to going within and feeling somatic markers and beyond for those interested, into communicating with them.
Then there is the whole Energy Moves thing, from Donna Eden and some basic Qi Gong moves to teach the class so they can get their ENERGY EXERCISE in their day. To get their Energy up and activated the lazy man's way - by sitting there in your chair and doing Energy Tapping and Energy Moves and FEEL BETTER
Of course from there we will move into physical exercise brainstorming of what each one likes to do ad aim for 15-30 minutes a day. Daily movement. Daily eating healthy as you can. Daily recvery plan actions.
That's the point. Create a daily recovery plan that is easy and fun to do and easily do-able. That's the point, because in depression everything is HARD.
Which reminds me, we're going to also talk about the Upward Spiral, a book I found that explains the theory and neural-science perfectly.
GRAPES is a planned path for stopping the downward spiral of depression and starting to slowly increase the positive things in life (rather than try to just 'fix' the problems and negatives).
GRAPES is your way up the spiral out of depression for relief and recovery.
So that's it. It's going and growing and where we want to go each week.
NEW: I've decided to upload the hand-outs to this blog so everyone else can learn it too.
I have various handouts for mental health recovery.
I have all the handouts in draft for this new depression wellness class I'm talking about above.
I plan to put the class handouts into a booklet for everyone who shows up for the class.
I'll scan those in to my computer as pdfs that I hope I can easily load onto this blog. I may have to email them to myself first or put them in G-Docs first, IDK, but I'll get to that bridge.
Until next week... Take Good Care and eat your Daily GRAPES.
Thanks for reading.
Love & Hugs
by J.P.Bailey, MA
Mental Health Recovery Specialist
Author of "EFT for Codependency"
(Look for it on Amazon)