Recently I came across a hilarious t-shirt: I Run to Burn Off the CRAZY.
I loved it because it really speaks to why running makes me happy. I run on my own, but also as part of a club, so it’s exercise, community, and social life all wrapped into one. That’s a lot of motivation for self-care.
Of course the arts are another huge outlet for me. Whether I am painting, making a book, or a spirit stick, art helps me tune into the moment and tune out the incessant brain chatter we live with all day.
I started thinking, the folks creating these t-shirts could expand. I would change the wording slightly to match a variety of activities:
I do art to get the crazies out.
I cook to get the crazies out.
I dance to get the crazies out.
I sing to get the crazies out.
Let’s just admit it. We are all a wee bit crazy sometimes. Our job is not to strive for perfection, but to do our best to take care of ourselves and those around us.
Being emotionally healthy is about being able to tune into what you really need. Not what you think others want you to do, or will make someone else happy, but what really makes you feel good. Have you asked yourself lately?
Is it spending time with friends? Cooking? Taking walks? Being with your kids? How can you make some space for that in your life?
What would your t-shirt say?
Art as Self-Care
If you are looking for an artsy way to get the crazies out, check out my online Art Journaling course. Art journaling is one of the best ways I know to use art as self-care. You can do it at your own pace. You can do in stretches of 5 minutes or 500, and it’s not expensive to get started. You just need a journal and some markers to do some really basic but totally fun stuff.
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