I’ve been on a journey of self-care discovery for the past two years. I always viewed self-care as pampering (e.g. mani/pedis, massages, facials) or exercise time or healthy diets or vacations. Although I believe it can be all of those things, I also believe self-care is unique for everyone. And those things just didn’t get to the heart of what I needed.
I met someone at a scrapbooking retreat whointroduced me to the concept of “creating for the sake of creating;” not to finish but to “be in process.” In this way I stumbled upon a self-care truth: CREATIVE EXPRESSION IS LIFE FOR ME!
Without creativity, I feel deprived, irritable, frustrated, tired (to name a few). It’s hard for me to give to others when my creative cup is dry. I have trouble focusing. I eat poorly and avoid exercise. The list goes on and on. Creative expression fills my cup; it gives the analytical part of my brain a rest and taps into the intuitive part of my brain thereby improving my problem-solving ability. I’m more generous in helping others. I’m more generous in helping myself. Again…the list goes on and on.
I offer this gift to you. If you are searching for a self-care option, give creative expression a try. You don’t have to be artsy or do scrapbooking. There are so many things you can try, from knitting to dancing to photography to cooking.
Unlock another beautiful part of your mind through creativity!