5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge: Write

5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge: Write

Dear Wonderful, Creative You: I’ve been really excited to share this post with you because writing is one of my passions, and I haven’t shared it much here yet, so now is the perfect opportunity. What’s your first memory of writing or journaling for...

5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge: Exercise

Hello Wonderful, Creative You: How was your Self-Care Challenge day 1? I hope you loved seeking out beauty as much as I did. Today’s challenge is exercise. Exercise is such a vital part of a good self-care regimen. You might have realized that I love to run and...
Join the 5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge

Join the 5 for 5 Self-Care Challenge

I want to show you how good it feels when you make self-care a priority. I want you to see that it’s not selfish. That it doesn’t require too much time. Self-care is not as much about what I do, as it is how I think. It’s about taking a moment to put...
Finding Time for Self-Care

Finding Time for Self-Care

Finding time for self-care is a challenge for most of us, so I’d like to help make it a little bit easier and a lot more fun. [bctt tweet=”Self-care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity for living a balanced life – Mindful Art Studio...

The Mindful Art Studio

(Note: 5/27/15: I have changed my site name to www.mindfulartstudio.com in order to separate my art therapy practice from my online art business and to avoid any confusion about what services I am providing. Mindful Art Studio and its blog will now focus solely on...

How Perfectionism Is Killing Your Creativity

  Perfectionism and Procrastination As I was researching this post, I came across an article by Maria Popova at Brain Pickings about writer Anne Lamott and how she feels perfectionism stunts creativity. Popova summarizes Lamott this way: “At the heart of...

Calm Your Anxiety with Guided Visualization

I’ve been focusing a lot on anxiety lately. (If you missed my recent posts on coping tools for anxiety and panic, you can click on these links.) One of the things that I have noticed throughout the years working with clients is that guided visualization works....

Why I Became an Art Therapist

By: Amy Maricle Happy Creative Arts Therapies Week! This week I have the pleasure of being interviewed by Janet McLeod, MA, AT, AThR Clinical (Hons) an art therapist and artist in Auckland, NZ. I first learned about Janet and her wonderful work last year when I...

Art Journaling for Self-Esteem

By: Amy Maricle I want to start a revolution. A self-esteem revolution. A self-love revolution. A self-appreciation revolution.  Will you join me? I’m not talking about conceit. Not selfish, self-centered insecurity masquerading as confidence. Do you know what...

10 Reasons I Love Being An Art Therapist

  Because I have a somewhat unusual job, I spend a lot of time explaining what art therapy is. In the course of that conversation, I inevitably talk about what I personally LOVE about being an art therapist. This got me thinking that I’ve never shared that...

What Is Creative Self-Care?

  Creative self-care is not just about regular exercise, eating right, and making time to relax. Creative self-care is about feeding your soul. It’s making sure that you have something to be excited about when you get up in the morning. For me, that’s...

New Year’s Intention: Choose Love

    Several months ago one of my clients asked if I had heard Jim Carrey’s commencement speech about choosing LOVE. She thought the message closely aligned with the work we had been doing, and after watching, I couldn’t agree more. I hope his...

Year End Gratitude, Our Winner, and a Special Gift

Hello Wonderful, Creative You:   Well, you did it. We are almost at the close of the year, the holidays are over, and you’re still here. How did your self-care strategy work out this holiday? What did you do? Did you take things off your plate? Make more...

The Holiday Self-Care Challenge Week: 4

By: Amy Maricle Hello You! This last week of the challenge, (plus a couple of days) I thought we could focus on something that really speaks to the spirit of the season: Giving. When we talk about self-care, we focus a lot on needing to be sure that you give to...

The Holiday Self-Care Challenge Week: 3

By: Amy Maricle Hello Wonderful You, How are you? We are now officially in the throws of the holiday rush. How’s it going? Have you been able to steal away some moments for yourself – whether taking pictures for the contest, working on some art, or just...

I Do Art to “Get the Crazies Out”

  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...

6 Secret Insomnia Remedies

By: Amy Maricle This is part 2 of my series on sleep. For part 1 on setting the conditions for a good night’s sleep, click here.   What If You Can’t Fall Asleep or Stay Asleep? When do you most struggle getting to sleep? Are there any patterns or...