Art and self- care share in common new ways of seeing, being, living and engaging in our world, but it's not always a sort of loveliness or very pretty at times; it can jolt us and it's process is not linear. It's much like self-discipline: It has the potential to move, to transform and to discover ways of understanding and being in our world, but initially in establishing a practice or routine of self-care, it can get messy, feel tough, meet progress, regression and progress again. Sure, it may take little/no effort to schedule the massage, vacation, or outing with friends as self-care, but additional self-care practices (good nutrition, exercise, meditation, reading, sleep/rest,etc)-the ones that will likely promote the greatest objective and subjective feelings of wellness-may not feel much like self-care. That's ok! Know that practicing them consistently will move you into understandings of self-care as a gift to yourself and to others.
To the easy and not-so-easy (initially) self-care practices!