Not all self care activities involve going for a walk or meditating. There are also quite a few creative activities that will channel your inner artist or writer, and still provide excellent self care benefits. Here are some creative and artistic activities to help you practice self care.
Get Lost In Coloring
Adult coloring books have been popular for a while, and they are definitely not going anywhere. There are now many different types of coloring books, depending on what you are interested in. You can get gardens and flowers, animals and creatures, or even coloring books with curse words to have a little fun with them. This allows you to be creative and de-stress by simply coloring and not having to worry about anything. Finding your favorite art coloring supply can be fun. Try an amazing color pallet of color pencils, or fine-tip color markers to fill up your pages.
Try Drawing Or Painting
Here is another super easy way to practice self-care, find your creativity, and awaken your inner-artist. Self care doesn’t have any hard or fast rules. It is simply about doing activities that makes you feel good about yourself and can distract you from what is causing you stress and help you spend more time focusing on the moment. To keep a balanced life, you want to make sure all your time is not spent working, cleaning, or taking care of your kids. It is important to also have some hobbies and activities you truly enjoy just for yourself. Its OK to allow time to yourself! A life that has balance, positively affects those who are in your life. So, grab a sketchbook and some art supplies to draw, sketch, or paint as you wish. The amount of time doesn’t matter as much as that decision to take a little time for yourself.
Try a New Type of Art Form or Craft
What better way to express your creative side than to learn something brand new? This is the perfect opportunity to get out there and try a new craft or form of art. You don’t have to be naturally artistic to be creative and enjoy any type of creative activity. Doing the activity isn’t the only way to take better care of yourself, but also in learning how to do it. Think of some hobbies you always wondered about, like oil painting, making jewelry or metal stamping, or giving sewing or knitting a try. It can be fun to go into a arts and crafts store and let your mind wander as you walk down the isles. Something is bound to capture your interest and stir up your creative energy!
Writing and Journaling
Not all forms of being creative for self care have to do with art and crafts projects. You can also start writing, which may be very therapeutic for you. This can be anything from writing in a journal to writing short stories or working on a novel. One good practice to start writing is to set a timer for 8-10 minutes, then just start writing whatever comes to mind. Continue writing without taking a break until the timer goes off. Look back later on to see what you ended up writing. You might be surprised at the amount of ideas, concepts, stories, or creativity that flowed from your mind.