Self-Care is very important to me. I talk about it at work, home and online. But, I do that because I find that people just don’t take good care of their emotional and physical health. I find parents and anyone working with families tend to feel very stressed out. Taking care of yourself allows you to live happy and healthy.
Self-care can take many forms – eating right, getting enough rest and taking a break. Another way to practice self-care is through the arts. Making art is a very personal, expressive and soothing way to reduce anxiety, stress and just have fun!
Kiddo, the bff and I discovered a new spot (to us) in the city – Make Meaning. Actually, kiddo noticed it as we were crossing the stress to a local diner and begged me to check it out.
Located on the upper east side, Make Meaning offers a variety of projects – some that can be taken home the same day and others that can be picked up later. Jewelry, ceramics, candles, soaps and even glass and cake-decorating are available for projects. Operating like a high-end restaurant, customers are required to reserve tables ahead of time. A.C.E.’S or Associate Creativity Enthusiasts give you a run-down of projects, the supplies and then leave you to your creative devices.
Not only do you get all the supplies you need, but you get to make a mess and not have to clean up. A bonus for any parent (anyone really) who doesn’t want the stress and mess of an art project at home.
Kiddo chose a giant ceramic dinosaur to paint and take home while the bff and I made scented candles. While Make Meaning is very kid-friendly, it also makes a great date activity or girls’ night out event.
If you want to have fun and reduce stress, try an art project. And if you’re in the Upper East Side, check out Make Meaning for your self-care and art fun!
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