Creative Self Care with Crystal McLain

MANAGING EMOTIONS - Understanding the Emotional SELF for Better Emotional HEALTH

MANAGING EMOTIONS - Understanding the Emotional SELF for Better Emotional HEALTH

You know what complicates life? Feelings. Feelings are tricky little critters that get wrapped up in just about all of life's experiences. And all too often these feelings can feel kinda crappy.  Worry, apprehension, fear, doubt, shame, guilt, boredom, embarrassment, overwhelm, dread, anger, frustration, sadness...they're everywhere! And the worst part is, they can influence our perception of ourselves and others, and the choices we make, causing us to live in ways that aren't really healthy or fulfilling.   So, today I want to talk about the emotional self, discover how feelings work, understand why they're important, and learn how to work WITH them instead of wishing they didn't exist....

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HOW TO LOVE YOUR BODY - Understanding the Physical Self for Better Physical Health

HOW TO LOVE YOUR BODY - Understanding the Physical Self for Better Physical Health

Each and every one of us lives inside a complex container, known as the human body. And a lot of us have a complicated relationship with this warm and fleshy vessel.  In fact, it's so convoluted, that many of us actually define our self worth according to its aesthetics and functionality. We often claim to even "hate" our bodies, complain about them, and sometimes, tragically, abuse them.  But your body is your home, and you only get this one. So it's really important that you learn how to love and appreciate it, and take the very best care of it you can. So, today...

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10 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING -Understanding the Mental SELF for Better Mental HEALTH

10 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING -Understanding the Mental SELF for Better Mental HEALTH

Watch an art process video at the bottom of this page. Ever feel like your whole life would be SO much better if you could just give your mental wellness a boost? Silly question. Of course you do. Well, today we're going to learn 10 things that will help you understand your mental SELF, so you can take better care of your mental HEALTH. Welcome to the blog & podcast, Unlocking Wellness! I’m Crystal McLain, curator of Crystal McLain Creative, an online resource that supports folks who are ready to get creative with the care of their mind, body, and mother-lovin’ soul.  If...

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BODY CONSCIOUSNESS - Understanding & Befriending Your Marvelous Meat Machine

BODY CONSCIOUSNESS - Understanding & Befriending Your Marvelous Meat Machine

*Watch an art process video at the bottom of this page. You've been living inside that complicated meat-machine your entire life, and I can't help but wonder, how much do you actually know about it? If you've been here at CMC before, you've probably heard me say this BUT, the more you understand something, the better able you are of taking care of it. And since you're obligated to live within the same ol' skin sack for the rest of your days, it would be in your best interest to at least learn how it works, so you can get creative with the care of your incredible, beautiful...

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Truth, Freedom, & Self Awareness - How to liberate yourself through self discovery

Truth, Freedom, & Self Awareness - How to liberate yourself through self discovery

I think we all have one thing in common, and that thing is the desire to feel FREE.  Whether it's to break free from unhealthy habits, to be free from self-limiting beliefs and emotions, or to find freedom within our bodies, I believe we all long for liberation from the things that have been holding us back from attaining a life that feels healthy, grounded and fulfilling.  And if I've learned anything in my own process of creating personal power, it's that the truth will set you free.  So, in today's post, we're going to kick off a month long exploration of self awareness, so you can explore your reality...

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