HOW TO MAKE TIME FOR SELF-CARE IN THE FORM OF CREATIVE PRACTICE

You’re a mindful creative.

You love yoga and Pinterest.

And you know that the act of creating quiets your mind and reduces your day-to-day anxiety.

But you’re having trouble fitting a creative practice into your schedule.

Today’s post is a special one because I’m sharing words of wisdom from other creatives.

Before I do that, let’s recap what you’ve learned about anxiety recently.

AM I JUST WIRED TO BE ANXIOUS? – A RECAP

You might experience day-to-day anxiety for many reasons.

Working to understand your anxiety, focusing on being grounded, and giving yourself grace are the keys to feeling less anxious.

But some of you need to go a little further.

If you’re someone who experiences over-achiever guilt, it’s important to create a personal vision of your life and escape your “do everything for everyone” mentality. 

You do that by considering what you see yourself doing with your time when you don’t place such high-demands on yourself.

And once you’ve committed to moving towards this personal vision, the “I shoulds” (those thoughts running through your mind that aren’t aligned to your own values) seem far less important.

With all of this in mind, it’s a fact of modern life that time is short, so another key in tackling anxiety is taking back your time.

In this post, I gave you tips on how to save time from dawn until dusk.

And you can take these time-saving tips further by signing up for my time management workshop replay.

But once you rescue your time, how do you fully integrate creative practice as a form of self-care into your routine?

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM BUSY CREATIVES

I reached out to other busy creatives and asked them to give one tip for making time in your life for self-care in the form of creative practice.

Here are my favorite responses:

Let the dishes wait. Let the laundry wait. Let everything you worry is more important wait, because time spent making art is not time wasted. It is life gained!
Mary Helen Leonard 

Start with just 5 minutes. Then if it feels good, add another 5. Everyone has 5 minutes and often it’s just the getting going that is difficult. Just start.
– Grace Ann Ekstrom

Schedule time/plans, and don’t cancel on yourself. If you try to wing it, there will always be a reason or excuse not to.
– Emmy Price

Mine is letting go of the need for any creation to be any good or a major project. A tiny hand made card or a practice sheet of squiggled birds counts as much as therapy and art as a big completed canvas. I use a ‘crap’ book most days. It’s a little sketchbook, not too expensive but with nice paper, that I always keep nearby. Everything in it is automatically’crap’ 😊 so there is no pressure at all, lots of sweet lovely things grow in it regularly because I can pick it up easily and start and finish in as much or as little time as I like Without performance anxiety.
– Robin Stabler

WHAT’S NEXT?

First, take a look at your schedule. When do you have just 5 minutes to practice art as self-care?

Create an appointment in your calendar.

Is anything going to stand in your way of taking this time out?

If so, how can you plan around it?

And now that you’ve set aside the time to create, what will you do in that time?

Are there any supplies you need to gather together ahead of time?

If you’re still not convinced that you have time for self-care in the form of a creative practice, your next move might be to enhance your time management skills. You can do that by signing up for my time management workshop replay.

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