Does Anyone Even Have Artistic Self-Care Routines?
I didn’t practice artistic self-care routines for most of my life. After all, I didn’t think I was artistic. But don’t be like me. Even though I talk about artistic wholeness, I use the word ‘artistic’ because it fits in with the whole MAPS acronym for self-care. You might not feel artistic, but you are creative! Even if you think you don’t have a creative bone in your body.
For years, I equated art with drawing and painting. But art can happen anywhere. In the kitchen, with knitting needles or a crochet hook, behind the lens of a camera, on the dance floor, or even doodling during a meeting. When we bake time into our schedule for artistic self-care routines, we find it easier to de-stress, solve logical problems, and communicate with others.
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You read it right. We need to improve our artistic self-care routines. No artistic talent needed!
Check out the benefits of doodling.
Theatre or drama (not the middle-school kind) can improve your mental acuity.
Dancing (a creative activity) may also improve your mental health, according to researchers.
Journaling (another creative endeavor) may improve a chronic pain sufferer’s mental health.
“These findings suggest that expressing anger may be helpful for chronic pain sufferers, particularly if it leads to meaning-making.”Graham, Lobel, Glass, et al, Journal of Behavioral Medicine
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