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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.

Listen in to today’s podcast for a bonus chance to win a pair of AirPod Pros. I’m giving them away to help celebrate my 100th episode next week!

Show Notes

You read it right. We need to improve our artistic self-care routines. No artistic talent needed!

Army in Training Circular 25-20

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
You read it right. We need to improve our artistic self-care routines. No artistic talent needed! #butimnotartistic #artisticselfcare #selfcare #selfcaresunday #selfcarehacks #artistic #creative #creativity #create #photography #painting #baking #knitting #sewing #dancing #theatre #doodling

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Join me next week for the 100th episode celebration! I’ll talk about one of my favorite subjects–physical self-care. For years, I didn’t think I had the time to take care of myself physically. Bad idea. Now I can’t sing the praises of physical self-care often enough!

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14 Comments

  1. Anita, wow! 100 Episodes! Congratulations, my friend! I love this topic. I never considered myself artistic. One of my sisters draws and paints beautifully. The other creates incredible nail art. But, I’m discovering photography is both an art form and therapy, and writing is as well.

    1. Anita, I just listened to your podcast. Such practical helps. I love the way you are so intentional about making good changes for yourself and learning new things. You inspire me.

      SO, this is a super old song, but I always find “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor gets me moving. 🙂

  2. I love this idea of artistic self care, Anita! I have always needed an artistic outlet in order to stay sane. But I have always been a creative person. My husband, on the other hand, always said that he had no creativity. And then I started blogging and he became my photographer. We found his creative outlet there. He has also learned to give really great style advice, too! Just by forcing himself to do something creative, he found where he can be creative. And outfit photoshoots have become one of our favorite thing to do together as creative collaboration!

    Shelbee

  3. Congratulations on your 100th episode! I crave self-care time. Baking, art journaling, photography…I find them all very therapeutic but also energizing to get my other work done. In this season, I haven’t allowed it as much, which is really crazy as it is the most important thing. I look forward to listening to your podcast for the hacks!

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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