To thrive creatively, we need to pay close attention to our needs. We must be thoughtful and intentional about our self-care. The tortured artist has their place, but for most of us, that idea isn’t going to work, nor is it healthy. It’s about acknowledging that when we’re struggling to make good art, it probably means that there are areas of our life that need nurturing. Taking care of ourselves is not going to take away from our creativity, but spark wonder and joy in ways that will only help our art. When you’re feeling too tired to make things, it’s probably time to step away and focus on you.
The term “self-care” has been commodified over the last few years—it’s become a buzzword and inspired an entire wellness industry. In some ways, this is a shame. It takes away from what self-care is. It’s listening and paying attention to your needs and then taking actions to help fulfill those needs. While manicures, face masks and buying yourself flowers are all great and can make your day better, the kind of self-care we’re going to be talking about goes much deeper. I’ve personally felt a strong connection between my energy levels and my creativity. The more I listen to myself and what my mind and body are screaming for, the better I will generate new ideas.
This month, we will share a variety of ways to practice self-care to enhance your creativity. Even if you don’t work in a so-called “creative” career, these tips will help you practice the art of paying attention and nurturing your needs.