Hi all! Check out some photos of my paintings that are currently exhibiting at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital from August 15 – October 15, 2015. This exhibition titled ‘Selfcare’ explores concepts around what intentional actions we take to care for our physical, mental and emotional health. Proper self care can be difficult when we are faced with a busy lifestyle or crisis… but it is so essential for good health and healing.
The idea of self care was brought to my attention about five years ago, when I met Deepika Mittra. I was going through a painful divorce at the time and really treating my body and mind like garbage. Since this time I have been (trying!) to bring good self care habits into my life. This is what inspired the the exhibition. I hope the staff and patients at the Glenrose (and you) will enjoy it! Learn more about self care at openingspaces.ca.
The paintings are for sale. If you are interested in seeing a price list please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire. You can purchase them directly through the Glenrose ‘cornerstore’ directly (just go in the main entrance and ask for directions). 20% of all sales donated to Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Arts in Rehab Council.
Walk in the Woods
If you feel the weight of stress heavy on your shoulders, practice self care and take a simple walk in nature. Connecting with a natural space outside of the man-made world helps us appreciate what is all around us (trees, plants, animals, water, life…). Almost always you will come back clearer and calmer.
When I do child’s pose in yoga class they tell me to let the forehead touch the floor and release everything into the ground. When you let go of everything both physically and mentally in that moment, it can feel very wonderful. Yoga or any kind of physical exercise is great for self care.
Even though it seems so hard to settle the mind in a busy world, meditation is a great way to take care of yourself. Just imagine waves washing over your body, feeling all the concerns of life wash away as you give yourself time to
just to be present in the moment.
Have you every had those moments when a song comes on and you dance like crazy in the kitchen? Or, you’re with your spouse or child and you laugh and enjoy dancing around the house? Dancing is a very simple act of self care that releases endorphins and makes us smile about life.
Take it In
Sometimes when I am rushing through my meetings and busy day I forget to take it all in and enjoy the ride. Smell the garden hear the song, taste the flavours, feel the soft blanket. Self care can be about simply savoring or enjoying what you have right in front of you. When was the last time you layed in the grass and let the sun soak in?
Do what you want
When I imagine myself at an old lady, I hope I will continue to practicing good habits of self care and generally having a positive attitude about life. I think taking care of your body and spirit as you age is very important. I go biking now and I want to be going biking when I am 80 years old.
“If I take proper care of myself, I will have stronger ability and capacity to take care of others”. In yoga they ask you to set an intention for the practice before you begin: Why are you here. This quote often runs through my mind. I want to be there for my friends and family. If I practice self care, I know I will be a stronger person for them.
Eat your Fruits
Eating healthy meals on a regular basis is another profound act of self care. Nutrition is linked to emotional and physical health, equally important is eating is a main pleasure of life. Fresh fruit from the market, a flavourful homemade soup or a nice piece of chocolate…these are like heaven to taste.
The simplest self care choice you can make for your body is to drink enough water throughout the day. Hydration will help you be in a good mood, have energy and brain function. If you feel like other lifestyle choices are too hard or overwhelming to tackle, just try drinking water.