"Turns out having an organ explode inside your body can be the nudge you need to slow down."
Sometimes, we don't want to talk about how we're feeling. Maybe we can't find the words to express our emotions. Maybe they're too overwhelming. Maybe we're too exhausted. Maybe we just can't pinpoint what's really going on.
An excellent way to nourish ourselves is to connect to our creativity, to follow what we're curious about, to use our hands (and hearts), to let our imagination run wild and free.
It's safe to say that you're tired of hearing about self-care. It's become quite the buzzword, and it's everywhere. Type "self-care" into Google, and you get 2,270,000,000 results. I'm not kidding.
Have you ever taken a day off to tend to your mental health? Have you even thought about it?
It's critical to acknowledge and accept our feelings (instead of suppressing them and pretending they aren't actually present). It's critical to sit with them. It's critical to sit with the pain, the anger, the anxiety, the envy, the anguish, the discomfort.
We know that exercise is important. Plenty of articles are published daily extolling its benefits. And it's true. Exercise is powerful. It's great for our hearts, lungs, and minds. Exercise helps to alleviate anxiety and boost our mood. Exercise quiets racing thoughts and sharpens our focus.
Art is a powerful way to navigate anxiety. This is true whether we're painting, writing stories, or creating collages. Art helps us express ourselves. It helps us to better understand and communicate contradictory emotions and nebulous fears. It gives our anxiety a path to move through.