September is "Self–Care Awareness Month" which is a time to remind ourselves that taking care of ourselves, first and foremost, is our priority. Self-care is often neglected in our everyday lives and especially for those of us who are creative. When we don't take care of ourselves, our creative life along with everything else can suffer. We may burn candles at both ends....maintaining a family, full time jobs, extra-curricular activites, etc. and put our creative pursuits on the backburner. By the time we chose to pursue our creative practice, we are burned out, uninspired or frustrated with the results of our attempts.
Or we may be active in pursuing a number of creative passions/projects and trying to do them all at the same time. Creative burn-out is real as well, and can leave you just as depleted as those who are managing a number of outside interests. You may feel you are feeding the muse, but what you might be doing is the opposite, leading to a major creative block.
Self-care is something that cannot be neglected. When you are tired, burned-out or focusing on so many things, after awhile, our bodies rebel by fatigue, illness, mental health concerns or other matters. Here are some self-care tips to help you actively maintain a healthy and creative life:
Use this month to start taking some steps, whether hourly, daily or weekly to help you stay positive, replenished energetic to open yourself for creative ideas and inspirations for your practice. What are some of you favorite self-care rituals or practices that you engage in to help you stay focused and healthy? Please share in the comments below!