Mental Health Concerns
Posted 03 December 2015 - 11:40 AM
- BethQuiroz, janygb143, Melissa and 2 others like this
Posted 04 April 2016 - 02:54 PM
I've been dealing with depression for nearly two years now. I'm MUCH better than I was 6 months ago, but this has really taken a toll on my hobby. So, I would love to hear what people do when your mental/emotional health keeps you from even wanting to scrapbook. I don't take many photos now, and I really have no desire to document my life anymore. I was going to quit all together, but my husband kept encouraging me. Now my focus is on cards. My goal is to actually start sending them in order to bring some happiness to my friends, family and customers.
Anyway, it feels good to be coming out the other side of depression, but I would still love some advice on how to get my scrapbooking mojo back.
I will say that it does help to go back and listen to past episodes of PRT while I'm making cards during spring break!
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Posted 23 April 2016 - 10:22 AM
I was diagnosed with depression about 5 years ago, and am also in a much better place than I was from 2011-2014. I owe a lot of my progress (and maintenance) of my wellness to my devotion to journaling. I use my scrapbooking stash in my journal to make it even more fun and pretty, which not only boosts my spirit, but motivates me to keep reflecting in there--a win-win situation. I call it "artful journaling". In a way, it's a lot like mindful colouring (which is all the rage right now), because it's an opportunity to slow down, to play, and to reflect.
I think a reason why it works so well for me is that I'm focusing this time (and these supplies) just on myself...because I'm worthy of that. If you like to journal, maybe this is a way to play with scrapping products AND nurture your spirit? Once you feel stronger and more alive, then your motivation to scrapbook may come back.
I wish you all the best. One day at a time.
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