How To Practice Self-Care Creatively

Photo by Karolina Grabowska

People say that creativity is something that you have inside from birth, it’s a natural talent that not everyone can have. But is it really the truth?

They think about talents as extraordinary and unusual things, which you praise as soon as they are discovered, but become boring if more than one individual practices them.

The truth is that no one is born with a talent, certainly sometimes we see people who develop a certain skill since childhood, but even that has been cultivated in one way or another. No one is born with a knowledge, as this will always be taught by someone else and the surrounding environment.

This concept also applies to creativity. Whether it exists from birth doesn’t matter, as there will always be a moment in our life when we’ll have the opportunity to cultivate it. And today we’ll talk about one of those moments through self-care.

Self-care, books and creativity

The importance of taking care of oneself is well known to most people, especially in recent years, when human beings are learning to appreciate themselves more and more. The road is long, but we are still taking the first steps.

This can be seen in the myriad of books written, purchased and read on the subject; there is no doubt that there is a large part of people who are constantly trying to improve themselves through techniques, studies or other methods. In this “other” I would put creativity, as it is a concept that helps us not only to release a more artistic part of us but also because it’s the base of all the things we would like to do to take care of ourselves.

Books usually tell us that we should change our habits, do journaling, eat healthier, etc. I am the first to agree with all of this, as I practice many of these things, but I admit that sometimes it gets boring as you repeat the same routine over and over again. That’s why I would like to suggest some tips to make self-care much more creative and fun with three examples:

1. Get some colours in your hand

Whether they are pencils, pens or crayons, everything is fine, the important thing is to make your space more comfortable according to your emotions.

For example, if you’re journaling, try making the pages prettier by drawing and colouring what that page represents. You don’t need many colours, but with two or three combinations you’ll see that it will completely change its appearance and it’ll make that journal more yours than ever.

2. Inspiration never fails

If you are struggling to find something to do to make your self-improvement techniques more creative, try consulting places where you can admire and/or save images. You can do this through websites like Pinterest, or by observing paintings in a museum or the surrounding nature. Images are always a source of inspiration.

3. Creativity is not just art

I’ve given some examples where creativity and art are extensions of each other, but I would like to remind you that these are still different concepts from one another and you can be creative even without art.

You can cultivate creativity through other fields such as science or physical activity. For example, if one of your self-care techniques involves cooking, you can apply the sciences by experimenting with various ingredients you’ve never tried before. And, if you exercise, you can try to make it more enjoyable by purchasing coordinated sets or changing exercises every day for a period of time.

In short, to ensure that creativity is created and developed, a little motivation and research are enough. Ideas do not come with a snap of your fingers, you have to brainstorm and see what you come up with, but in the end, something will come, whether it’ll be positive or not, it’ll depend on your approach to it.

Author – Denise Ledda

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