Pathways to self-care.
- 1.) Concentrate on your breathing, using any mantra that keeps you focused. Try thinking “here” as you inhale and “now” as you slowly exhale for you are here now.
- 2.) “One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things,” said Henry Miller. You get to choose your world view—invite your heart and eyes to be your compass.
- 3.) Write down your thoughts because the mere act of writing confirms what is true so erase the untrue ones! Clear your mind of the cobwebs and the clutter. Journaling can be your personal comfort keeper.
- 4.) Anxiety—you know the feelings of butterflies in your stomach, sweaty palms, rapid heartbeat might also indicate excitement. Not excited? To soothe your anxiety, find something that helps: a warm bath, a warm cup of tea or hot chocolate, perhaps a gentle walk, or delving into a hobby or a comforting book.
- 5.) "I’m most inspired by the materials I use: the leaves, the dyes and the fabrics. They all have their own personality," said artist Dr. Caroline Nixon. She focuses on natural dyes, eco-printing, hand stitch and repurposing. Sewing was her go-to hobby but when illness struck, she retired and looked anew at her hobby, now her art form, explaining “I found my textile home.”
Self-care may feel selfish, but it is solace too. Try to figure out what it means to you to “make it”. What is your personal definition of success?