Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Be Good to YOU
I don't know about you, but there's a part of my artistic temperament that seems to think I need to suffer for my art. I'm pretty sure it's the same part that prompted Van Gogh cut off his own ear and Beethoven to keep making music he could never hear. Artists have a long tradition of torturing themselves. Living along that thin line between creativity and insanity, we skip meals and showers to squeeze in an extra ten minutes of creative time. We miss social interactions to spend time perfecting our crafts. And we feel guilty when we choose to do anything else with our "free" time.
I'm not saying don't push yourself. That's how great art of any sort comes to be. I'm just saying take care of yourself too before you end up working yourself to death. Be gentle with yourself. Take time and energy to care for your mind, soul and body. It's hard - sometime almost impossible - to do, but if you do, you'll find your mind energized, your creativity renewed and your body much happier when force it sit hunched over a computer for hours on end.
So now it's time to share. What are your favorite ways to take care of yourself? To pamper yourself? What are the things you do when you're rundown and reading to give in? Give a girl some tips!