Self-Care: Using Creative Projects

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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!

Andy's Art Gear

Andy’s Art Gear

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.

Andy & his Dino

Andy & his Dino

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.



Self-Care: The BFF & Candle

Self-Care: The BFF & Candle

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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