Tuesday, March 08, 2016

#130 out of a thousand ways to have a happy artist's life - A little self-care goes a long way towards a happy life

"Be Very Happy"  collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
Sometimes when we are under stress and need the most self-care is exactly when we forget to look after ourselves.  And this of course adds to our stress and takes away from our happiness.   So the first suggestion here is PsychCentral's 49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child .  A whole list of phrases and ideas to reduce stress and anxiety for children, but actually reading through them is very soothing.  For example number 26. “Let’s list all of the people you love.”  This post credits Anais Nin with the quote, “Anxiety is love’s greatest killer.” The author, Renee Jain, says that if that statement is true, then love is anxiety’s greatest killer as well. By recalling all of the people that your child loves and why, love will replace anxiety.  Hmmm, sounds good.

During times of stress and anxiety, we can have bouts of insomnia when stressful anxious thoughts rattle around in our minds.   Combine the list of 49 phrases with a very cool website, The Sleep Sloth!
You can program the sloth to talk to you personally, and you can teach it to tell you what you most want to hear, perhaps one of the above 49 phrases?

What do you think?  Just looking at these two websites can send you in a nice self-care direction and towards a happy artist's life.