Get out of your head and into your body
One of the first things that I do when I feel like I need self-care is to change scenery. Whether it’s going outside or to the kitchen to make a snack, leaving your workspace for a while can help you refocus and come back to your project with fresh eyes. Getting your blood flowing with yoga or doing some breathwork are excellent low impact ways to get moving and help you revitalize your creative energy. My favorite thing to do when I need a break is taking my dogs for a walk. I am also a big fan of dancing! Queen and Janet Jackson usually do it for me. Get up and move around. Overthinking can be good when you’re coming up with new ideas for your business, but when it gets to be too much, it can paralyze your creativity.
Take a bath for self-care
Never underestimate the power of water! This is the ultimate reset and quick and easy self-care practice. Set apart at least 15 minutes of your day dedicated to pure relaxation. Turn off your phone, put on your favorite playlist, and close your eyes. Let your body rest and your mind wander. I like to use bath salts, bubbles, and essential oils that I buy from Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium to make my own little cauldron of delight. I promise you’ll leave your bath feeling rested. Maybe you were even able to come up with an idea or two while you let your mind drift!
Read something, anything!
Something lighthearted, or a favorite that you have read repeatedly. The only rule is that it must be fiction. I’m a fan of sci-fi and fantasy; if you are too, let me recommend Superpowerds by Drew Hayes on Audible. I’m not going to try to learn about how the fourth phase of water works or quantum physics, or anything serious. Especially not when I’m trying to get my creative juices flowing. Reading fiction is another favorite self-care tip and will unleash your imagination, and it could help you get past your creative block.
Pick up a hobby for self-care
When I am staring at a blank canvas for too long, I put it away and doodle. In fact, I created a little miny series called Happiness that has fun doodles everywhere. Sometimes I even get my loom out and weave or make jewelry. I permit myself to enjoy hobbies for a while. Stepping away from your project for a bit is okay. Finding joy in a hobby can help focus your attention elsewhere so you can stop overthinking and start creating! I would start with Skillshare, which includes thousands of online classes where you can learn anything from watercolor to Photoshop and so much more!
Don’t be afraid to make ugly art!
Seriously! It’s such a simple yet liberating idea and something that I learned while taking one of Angela Miller’s online classes. Now, I throw some color on paper and see what comes out. Sometimes I know it will be garbage, but I do it anyway. Sometimes I can spend 5 hours on a piece, and then I scroll DNR across it. Just don’t give up. Don’t let perfectionism hold you back from creating what you were meant to create. This is one of the best things that I have done for my self-care. This attitude has allowed me to give myself grace for being human and not striving for perfectionism, and I’ve been able to create art that brings me and others joy.
Hitting a mental roadblock is something that all creatives go through every once in a while. So next time you find yourself panicking because you can’t think of a new idea, try out some of these self-care tips and see if they work for you!