Self-care is an essential skill for one’s health. Recognizing the importance of your well-being is the first step to restoring your mind from the demands of everyday life. This guide will provide techniques to reduce stress to maintain your mental and physical health that are crucial to preventing exhaustion, even illness. As an artist, it is vital to preserve energy to have room to create as your work will only prosper with these simple steps.
- Be vulnerable
Let your guard down and honor the simple need to express yourself. Listen to your body’s signals. Sometimes the biggest battles we have are with ourselves. Unleash those bottled emotions through journaling or even a good cry. You don’t always have to stay strong. Be brave! Be happy! Be you! Be willing to express what you need in an environment that feels safe. (Journaling is truly a good place to start.)
- Review your accomplishments
Living in a world where life is presented as a race, remind yourself of your successes including the small ones. Ran a mile or finished a book? That’s great, be proud of yourself. We know that you don’t need a trophy to prove any of these victories, but we do need to acknowledge them. Don’t be too hard on yourself as we move towards new milestones.
- Create a personal mantra
Mantras are powerful tools to lift our spirits. Say your mantra with confidence. Your objective is to cultivate a mindset that projects clarity. Empower yourself by believing in yourself. These positive affirmations will negate any damaging energy you encounter.
- Nourish your body
Drink water and be mindful of dining habits. While sweets and junk food may be temporarily comforting, they don’t provide the same energetic benefits of other foods. For instance, for some people, an excess of gluten immediately affects your mood, digestion and energy. Moderation also makes it easier to notice how different foods affect you.
- Unplug from social media
The constant consumption of media can negatively affect our self esteem. Stop refreshing your feed and log off! The best way to stay connected is to be disconnected. While there is nothing wrong with being an online user, remember to stay engaged with the world in front of you. The world on your screen will be the same when you return to it. Remember that REAL living happens in REAL time.
It’s important not to confuse self-care with unhealthy coping mechanisms or numbing activities. Self-care should be an enlightening experience and a commitment to resting your mind and body. The benefits of self-care are long term like improving our self-esteem, productivity, and health. Don’t forget that your art is the product of your well-being. Witness the advancements of your work through proper self-care. Be kind to yourself by caring for yourself, you deserve it.
Written by: Candy Medoza