Creatively Caring for Ourselves

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month in both Canada and the United States? While it is not yet April, in light of the current health situation, it seems quite appropriate to discuss stress and self-care. A certain amount of stress is good in our lives, but unchecked stress can lead to major illnesses. So, we need to find ways to relieve stress as it builds up.

There are several websites dedicated to the management of stress; here are a few of the ways you can help reduce unwanted stress:

  1. Unplug and step away from the electronics. If watching the news, or seeing repeated Facebook postings about COVID-19 is causing feelings of panic, then give yourself a break.
  2. Work on your hobbies. We are already creative people. By fully concentrating on another activity, such as seed beading, it gives our brains a chance to focus on another activity. Better yet, take your frustrations out on a piece metal!
  3. Go for a walk. Social distancing doesn’t mean hiding in a corner of your home. Go out for some fresh air and take your camera with you. Who knows, you may find inspiration for your next project. If you are in social isolation, go on a walk with your computer. There are lots of virtual tours available through galleries and parks using YouTube.
  4. Amp up the silliness. If you’re home with your kids (or grandkids), then create lots of fun opportunities that you can all participate in. When was the last time you built a sofa-fort? Laughter really is the best medicine!

Life will get back to normal. Until then, please take care of yourself!

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