An Artistic Way of Cultivating Self-Care
What you'll learn
- Some of the benefits to combining love for art and creativity with Self-care.
- Dig deeper into 4 specific aspects of Self-care: Physical, Practical, Social and Professional/Creative
- How you can begin your own practices and routines for physical Self-care
- Learn more about what you love, what lights you up, what really matters to you
- The benefits of creating a time for artistic mindfulness
- Understand the necessity of self-care for optimum health, wellness and productivity
- Use art and journal prompts as coping skills to help manage emotions and grow in self-care
- Anyone desiring to use their creativity in a meaningful way
- Anyone looking to paying more attention to their self-care
- Anyone looking for a way to bond with their teen (preteen or young adult) daughter
- Anyone feeling the need to improve in their physical and overall well-being
Get ready to learn some creative ways to help you find calm, take better care of yourself, and do more of what matters.
Hi there! I'm Agnes de Bezenac, an artist and author from France.
I'm so enthusiastic about self-care, and I’m passionate about art, and that's why I love mixing the two together in some way.
In this course I’d like to share with you a few of my self-care techniques and habits, expressed through art, more specifically through putting art together in some mindful, inspired way to create meaningful craft pages. Self-care is such a broad topic, so I find it helpful to separate them into different categories, for future growth and progress. Here are the specific topics or aspects of self-care that we will cover in this course:
Here are some of the things we will cover in this course, specific to creating these beautiful craft pages:
Benefits of combining art with self-care
Find inspiration for choosing your pictures
Notice on what is personal and right for you
Create cut-out letter titles
Include lots of space for journal prompts
Add beautiful final touches
Questions for personal reflection time
Examples of activities, habits or rituals related to self-care
How to grow and practice in your self-care
Learn to question yourself, for your well-being
How to use and refer back to these pages
cut out magazines
craft decors (if you want)
stickers (if you want)
black pen or marker
white gel pen
cutter and metal ruler
attached print-outs (if you want)
Some of the benefits to using art and a creative project like this for our self-care:
For me, art and creativity makes me happy. It's my joy and passion. I get a sort of high from it.
It uses that side of the brain that is more attuned and sensitive.
I’m paying attention to my physical needs and my emotional needs at the same time
I use my creativity to facilitate soul searching and bring to light unconscious thoughts.
Any sort of art form allows me to express what I have a difficult time putting into words.
It works as a memory builder. Whatever I take time to do and create, it has a greater effect and meaning for me.
Becomes like a concrete manifestation of my imagination and thoughts. Subconsciously works towards my good.
I have a beautiful work of art that I feel proud of and can refer back to it as often as I need.
Helps grow my confidence as I see all what I'm doing to better my self care.
Encourages me to take time for me with no other distractions. I can't very well multitask at the same time. It’s concentrated “me” time.
It helps me realize that I’m important, I’m of value and I deserve this time.
I’m able to reflect and ask myself about so many questions that I never took the time for before.
I feel I’m learning more about myself as I do these pages.
I realize that creative is not so much about the end result but about the listening during the process.
It feels like play, but at the same time I’m equipping myself with an amazing gift, not just for now but to use and be reminded of for as long as I need it.
When I feel a low of inspiration, when I need a little pause to reflect, when I feel like I could use a boost of joy, peace or calm, I go to my craft book. I open a random page and I reflect and focus on it.
The more detail, the more sensory play, the more I love it and the more it helps me connect within.
It brings up memories of how I made it past a stressful situation or difficult moment and it just suddenly builds me up in confidence and courage for what I’m going through today.
I feel proud and satisfied with beautiful creative artsy work.
I allow it to bring me so much depth and wisdom as I relate it to my situation now.
I can continue to add little notes to personalize it to what I'm going through right now, today.
There's room for evolving with how I'm changing and growing and what I need at the moment.
What I love most about these craft pages is that I have a way to connect with my teen daughter.
This is an outlet that we both can enjoy and have fun with together as we grow and progress in our self-care.
It’s a wonderful, meaningful experience you can share simultaneously.
You’re equipping her with a self-care tool kit she can continue to use for life.
An outlet for the pains, fears, humiliations, challenges, or disappointments.
It helps us to check within, for the strength, wisdom, grace and joy to journey on.
Why do I feel that self-care so important?
Well, I didn’t do too good with it in younger years, sad to say. I had some big issues to deal with in my personal life, as a kid, a teen and a grown adult. And most of my growing up years, I didn't know how to express any of it. When I tried, it didn't come out right and I got shut down, which closed me up even more. Thus came some sad results in the form of an eating disorder that lasted for many difficult years, which has affected my health in many ways. Only now do I see the pain and heartbreak that it cost me, when I only needed some outlet, some way to get out my emotions.
Holding on to painful emotions has held be back in many ways. I needed to learn how to let out these feelings, yes, even the painful negative ones. At the same time, I didn’t know how to take care of myself, didn't even know what self-care was about. That resulted into a depression and a burn-out. Being a busy mom and wife, working hard at my business, but forgetting to take time for myself... Everything suffered because I wasn't paying attention to my emotional state, which of course by now affected my physical health.
I was working professionally and giving the rest to my family, my home, friends, my town and community… So there was nothing left for me. Until I finally sought help. I saw an amazing therapist and did some much needed inner work, getting over things from the past, so many negative emotions and griefs… And today I continue to do my own grief work, mentally and emotionally in a way that suits me, using my art as a way to check within and tap into my own treasure chest of wisdom, that has been my life-savor. It’s helped me feeling so liberated and free and I’ve made this a habit.
I've also learned how important self-care ties in with all this which is why I've created these pages, because it combines the two, the expressing of feelings and emotions and the paying attention to every aspect of self-care, starting with making time to do something that I love, art! and I'm so happy to say that I've found healing and renewed joy, energy and inspiration in every aspect of my life. I’ve never been happier or more at peace. I encourage you too, to find that thing that sparks JOY and that helps you come alive, like this has for me! That’s so key to following along this course, to personalize it YOU and what you feel you need a the moment. You can go as deep as you want or be as detailed and creative and artsy as you want, or maybe just keep it real simple and check with with the journal prompts instead… for you to decide.
Taking your daughter along on this journey…
In recent years, as I've watched my little girl grow up to be a preteen and now a teen.... I've recognized the need for simple messages of some abstract concepts especially on the topics of taking care of our bodies and the physical, and just as important, topics like self-love, compassion, emotional well being, and mental health... Some of which are not so easy to teach… but I wondered if there was some way to make it easier, to somehow put some of these key life lessons down on paper in a fun creative, artsy way. As well as to somehow keep a record of those things I’ve learned and experienced that have shaped me into who I am today. So many life lessons and experiences, wisdom that I want to pass on to my daughter, that I also don’t want to forget myself when life gets so busy… Is there some way to keep them as little solid rock reminders or gentle motivators? This is why I have decided to create these artsy craft pages, because both my daughter and I love to create; it’s a chance to bond on something we both enjoy. Not only as a way to have fun and to let our creativity run freely, but even greater that than that, we’re putting some of these life lessons or concepts into clear images, so they can be better understood and more concrete in our minds and can begin to grow on us. It's helped me to delve so deep into my own self-care habits and rituals as well.
I believe that our kids (and teens) need an outlet on their journey too. They need help to begin to check in about their self-care now, today, as they're figuring things out, who they are, where they belong in this great big world. If not they'll be tossed around by every whim of social media or from peers and all that goes on around them. I want a confident, beautiful daughter who knows where she stands because she knows herself and she has learned to tune into her own heart, and follow her passions and what she loves, figure out what her personal goals are and how to express her emotions.
Today is a great day to start to build a little habit/ritual to connect with yourself and with your daughter. You'll be giving the both of you an amazing gift for life! And yes, it’s a journey. They don’t start sharing or opening up right away. It starts by getting excited about little creative ideas, noticing what brings her inspiration, recognizing how we’re both different and have our own unique art style... I'm amazed at what she comes up with, it’s beautiful. And then it continues in the little thought processes or asking her why she chose that picture or that drawing or sticker, how she feels after she creates a page, etc. She started out by copying my texts and my ideas, and that's okay. Later on she took what she learned and created her very own craft pages, to help her deal with issues she was facing, or to help release her own emotions and then move forward. She personalized it to herself when she was ready. Today, she still enjoys creating these craft pages about herself, what she loves and enjoys, how she feels about certain things, her plans for future studies, her hobbies, friends, morning routine, gratitudes, health habits… The list is endless.
I'm inviting you today to join me in creating these PHYSICAL SELF-CARE CRAFT PAGES, to get all creative and crafty as you follow along and personalize it in a way that is just right for you. There is no right or wrong way to do it because most of all we’re having fun and enjoying the process. We’re taking time for us, to relax and reflect and ponder on our self-care and well-being, finding what brings us the greatest calm and joy. These pages are something you will be able to refer back to you whenever you need a little health booster or an emotional pick-me up, as a gentle reminder of how you can maybe pay more attention to your self-care.
And you are welcome to share a photo of your project (craft page) with the rest of the community here. I would love to see your finished work! You can share anything else you’d like as well, related to how it went, what it felt like, what you enjoyed most, whether you did it by yourself or together with your daughter, etc… I would love to know.
Who this course is for:
- This course is for those with any level or skill in art.
- And those who wish to learn more about themselves, with an open heart to mindfulness and digging deeper, relating to their self-care.
I was born in France and now live in a little countryside village in Alsace, France.
I lived abroad most of my life, soaking up a variety of experiences and adventures around the world, which have enriched my life with culture, ethnicity, languages, and more.
My earliest memories as a child include drawing, especially portraits and flowers. As the years passed, my passion for art flourished and I have now illustrated many children’s books and taught art for kids since 1999. Today, art is still one of my joys.
Returning to live in Alsace in 2011, and being surrounded by its beauty and charm, amazing architecture, nature, and culture, has inspired me to express it through my art. I am reliving a small glimpse of what my grandfather experienced as he painted Alsatian villages and portraits. And through sketching, drawing, and coloring in my whimsical style, I am learning to depict some of the wonders of this beautiful place called Alsace.
More recently, I've been experimenting with Self-care and this has started me on an amazing journey as I explore incorporating my love for art and creativity with the need for physical and emotional well-being. I've experienced firsthand the results and rewards from paying attention to my health through self-care, and with a slower and more mindful way of living. That's why I've created some courses on this topic as well, realizing that all of us could do a little better with taking care of ourselves, so that we can have an even greater impact on others, and most of all feel a renewed sense of JOY and PEACE.