I have my "real life" tribe (support network) of girlfriends
and my "on-line" tribe of bloggy girlfriends --
both groups are critical to my emotional and creative well-being.
Get Outside *
get outside and "walk your dog"
everyday to clear out your head and get
This was easier to do when I was still in college
and had to walk outside to get meals three times a day
but now I find that I can go several days
without leaving my home, office, studio, or car.
If you can take a 1-hour walk at least once a week,
that's great - as a busy mom I do mine on the weekend
while hubby plays with our girls.
Julia Cameron suggests taking a "prayerful" walk once a week.
I call it a gratitude walk where you conscientiously list
and vocalize your gratitude
for everything about your life that you enjoy.
I also find that simple stretching (Yoga is great)
and deep breathing/meditation can be very restorative.
I also enjoy gardening and doing this with my hands in the dirt
when the weather cooperates!
Here are my own additions to the list:
Sunrise, Outer Banks North Carolina (2010)
*Get Enough Sleep*
I aim for 7 hours a night and am a better mother for it.
It means less time spent in the evenings online and
watching shows in the DVR, but by shutting down
and going upstairs by 10pm,
I'm actually a pretty nice person during the day
and I get a lot fewer colds than I used to!
E's sandy toes Outer Banks, NC (2010)
* Decompress and Communicate *
Being home with small children is very isolating.
It's rewarding but also very. hard. work.
It's strange to go all day without talking to anyone
over two feet tall -- talking to your spouse
(or a friend, other mom, etc) is something that can easily
be pushed to the back of the priority list.
If I don't unload my brain and
talk to another grown-up
regularly, my brain gets too full and overwhelmed
then I have a mini mental breakdown where I'm
crying and snapping at my kids. Nothing creative
is going to happen when I'm like that.
Hubby and I try to skip turning on the TV a few nights
a week (we can't give it up completely)
and just sit and talk to each other
(Shocking! I know!)
Frequently, we'll have a glass of our favorite wine
and just turn on some classical music.
Hillwood House Gardens (2010)
* Drink Enough Water *
I really don't feel well when I skip this one...
As a girl who has a special gift for growing
kidney stones, I can't stress this one enough.
I'll get through a day and realize the only thing I drank
was my cup of coffee and one sip of milk at dinner...
If you drink water daily your skin will be clearer,
you'll have more energy,
and you'll get fewer colds.
I'm also a fan of taking daily Probiotics and Vitamin D
(Florastor for me, Jarrow Formulas: Yum-Yum dophilus
chewables from Whole Foods for the girls)
If you don't stay hydrated and rested, your brain
doesn't work at full speed and that inhibits your inner artist.
I know this is a departure from my regular posts,
but this one has been rattling around in my brain for months!
Thanks for sticking with me and I'll
get back to my regular crafty goodness this week. : )
pink and green mama