Make Time for Self Care

Cassandra Tondro, "Disappearing Act," contemporary art

Hi Friends,

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:

  • Meditate
  • 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,
Cassandra

Painting at top: “Disappearing Act,” 20 x 20 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

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  1. Hi Cassandra, don’t you listen to music? For me it is one of the best ways to take care of myself. I mean REAL listening (no backbround stuff) to REAL music.I recommend Bach and Mozart but there is much more to enjoy! Best regards, Marinus Verhagen

  2. I do the same things when I’m taking some time off for me! I love this painting you’re sharing in this newsletter that reminds me of walking through the forest and looking up into the sunlit tree branches above me. Loving that feeling of experiencing the light! Lately I’ve been posting photos of other people’s photography, artwork, things I like or feel inspired by, instead of doing new paintings until get my studio space set up again. I’ve been working through all the self care experiences and meditations from Rebirth 2021. This will be an interesting March for sure. I have another birthday coming up on March 22nd. I decided to stop counting my birthday years last year when I turned 70. I’m feeling so much lighter now, glowing from the inside, and my heart feels like it’s been unlocked. ((( <3 ))) Traumas releasing, LOVE expanding!
    Blessings to you Cassandra.
    Becky Novak
    https//www.Facebook.com/BeckyNovakArt

    1. Happy Birthday, Becky! I’ve been doing some trauma releasing lately, too, and it does lighten things up. I didn’t realize how much was trapped in my nervous system! Are you doing Lee’s Weekend with the Z’s on March 20-21? I signed up because I love anything that Lee does! He’s my anchor.

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