It means you are capable of tapping into a blissful state amid the normal chaos of a hectic life."
Jill Bolte Taylor
Self-care is an important part of living a creative life. Knowing what you need and finding time for it is essential. The other night I met with a group of writers, editors, and artists. We had an interesting conversation about self-care. The concept meant different things to each person. To some it meant eating right, taking vitamins and exercising. For another it was having the time to start her day with her horse so that not only the horse would get the attention that she deserved but that my friend would get the time with her horse that was so important to her. For some it meant getting your nails done or having a weekly or monthly massage.
Finding time for relaxation and play was something we talked about. Some had never thought of play in terms of self-care while others thought it was a necessary part of their day and life. Play meant different things to each of us but we all realized that taking time to relax and have fun helped us in our creative life.
Self-care may look and feel different as we go through the various stages of life. There are the basic things that we all do each day to take care of ourselves. If these needs are not met, life is much more difficult. Then there are the things that are meaningful to each of us as an individual. Many creative people feel sad or out of sorts if they are not using their creativity. For them getting into the studio to paint or write or dance is necessary just like enough water and the right food is necessary to be healthy and happy. Others need time to get out into nature to take pictures or to enjoy the sights and sounds that are there for all of us to enjoy.
As you are living or creating the life you want to live, think about what you are doing for self-care. List the things that you are doing now and the things you would like to do. If you need to make changes in your life, begin slowly. Just five minutes a day to stretch can make a difference in how you feel. Stopping, taking a deep breath, and sitting in silence for a few minutes a day can bring happiness and a feeling of calm into your life. Writing in your journal, sketching a quick picture, or taking a photo a day can be the beginning of new experiences and creative opportunities.
Remember that while you are taking care of others it is equally as important for you to take care of yourself. When I finish this post, I am going to do at least 15 minutes of yoga. How are you going to practice self-care today?
When you share your talent and your dreams with the world, magic happens. Let the magic begin.
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