Sanford’s Top Self-Care Picks (Holidays are stressful)



Sanford House Art Therapist, Jess Kimmel gives us her top picks for finding some peace and quiet this holiday season….


Jess says, “Amidst the chaos of the holiday season, unwind with three of my favorite Sanford House posts about recharging and refocusing…Written when the weather was much less blustery, I hope Paul Silva’s “Getting Self-Esteem,” Olivia Pennelle’s “Radical Self Care,” and my very own “Doodling to Distract” sheds some light on the importance of you time.


Getting Self-Esteem (I’m Not Much, But I’m All I Think About)


Mirrors   I used to love looking in mirrors. As a child, I’d frown, make funny faces and would see just how far I could cross my eyes. I inspected myself—the gap in my two front chompers, the length of my hair, the way my eyebrows almost met. As I grew up, I found myself [read more]



Radical Self Care – When Life is Taking a Toll on Your Body…


This week I have flown over 20,000 miles to attend my brother’s funeral. It has been heart breaking and I feel like a shell of my former self. I’ll never be the same again. I learned the true nature of my powerlessness and what I am able to control. The buck stops with me, [read more]



Doodling to Distract – The “Art” of Visual Journaling


In my blog post last week, I discussed the benefits of creating art in an art therapy context. This week, I want to talk a little bit about the benefits of creating art on your own. I started keeping a visual journal in college. It was assigned to me by my favorite professor, and [read more]








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