Lunar Water Watcher (2016, Acrylic on wood)

Lunar Water Watcher (2016, Acrylic on wood)


It took me a long time to learn the importance of self care and slowing down.  My twenties were spent burning the candle on both ends.  I piled on too many responsibilities at once, said yes to almost every invitation and opportunity that came my way, and stayed up late working or socializing.  It  was exciting, but often left me feeling scattered and depleted, and like I was giving all my energy away.  Now that I'm in my thirties, my approach couldn't be more different.  I understand my limitations, physically, mentally and energetically.   And self care rituals have become much more important in my life.

1. Daily Meditation

The most striking difference between where I am now vs where I was a decade ago, is I stopped looking around me for inspiration and guidance, and started looking inward.  Starting a daily meditation practice and really making time to listen and nurture that inner space has wildly changed my approach to everything in my life. My best ideas and decisions come from that space.

2.  Saying No

This might sound like an odd form of self care, but it's an important one.  Valuing and prioritizing your own time and projects takes a commitment that will be tested, constantly.  I've learned to turn down opportunities and invitations and protect my time in the studio.


Reiki is one of my favorite forms of healing work, it's gentle and peaceful and focuses on healing on the energetic level.  Most cities offer community Reiki sessions which are very affordable.  When I was in New York, I often attended Community Reiki sessions at Maha Rose, either as a giver or a receiver.  If you have room in the budget for a private session though, you won't regret it. 

About Caris Reid

Caris Reid’s work deploys symbolism and pattern to explore femininity throughout history and across cultures. The female figures directly meet the eye of the viewer and impress with the strength of their pose. These female archetypes are covered with iconography such as cats, flowers, eyes, peace signs, yin yangs, birds. Reid extensively researches symbols from ancient history through the contemporary emoticon.