Art hasn’t been at the forefront of my mind this week. I’ve been busy with other things. Friends needed my attention, Luci (my cat) needed my attention, and I needed my own attention to take care of myself.
So often we put everything and everyone else first, and forget to take care of ourselves. It’s especially important to practice self care during stressful times like these.
There are lots of things we can do to take care of ourselves. Here are some of my favorites:
- Read a book
- Take a nap
- Take a walk
- Spend time in nature
- Take a hot bath
- Spend time with my cat
- Bake muffins
- Get takeout food
Many of us have adopted the habit of always being productive and busy, but it’s really OK to have down time. It’s more than OK — it’s necessary. You have my permission to take as much unproductive down time as you’d like.
We have become of society of do-ers and we’ve forgotten how to just be. If we’re not working in some capacity, we’re on our computers and phones, endlessly scrolling. Try sitting and staring out the window or watching the birds. Do nothing at all for a day.
Art can be relaxing, or it can be one more thing that has to get done. That’s when I take a break and walk away for a bit, until I can come back to it feeling a renewed sense of enthusiasm.
How do you take care of yourself? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,
Painting at top: “Disappearing Act,” 20 x 20 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas