There's moments when our worries just get the best of us. Pushing them away is hard. We may even recognize they are outside of our control, but still we fret, we stress, we worry. Let's be real though, there is A LOT to worry about these days. I will not list them out. Chances are you are already worrying about them. And if you're not, then, no need to add them to your list.
When we let our worrying flow unchecked, we risk falling into the pits of rumination where worries become excessive, unproductive and debilitating as real and imagined negative outcomes becomes blurred. When we are in a state of rumination, finding solutions goes out the window. We are now trapped in an loop of negative thinking. We may even criticize ourselves for worrying excessively and not solving the problems which just leads to more worry and self-defeating thoughts.
An article on Psychology Today examines the function of worry stating it's a left-brain function that attempts to solve a problem with an unknown outcome. We focus on the small details and lose sight of the bigger picture or fresh solutions. Our left-brain keeps worries in the verbal context in an attempt to protect us and keep the right-brain from conjuring up negative images.
This 5-minute art exercise is a quick way to take action addressing our worries without needing solutions. It's about quieting the mind and acknowledging the worries that are currently present. This exercise gives us space to engage both sides of the brain and gently push the worries from the mind to the paper. Only from a place of clarity can we truly make informed decisions and find solid solutions. Let's dive into some art-making.
Watch the video below and paint along with me and let's release some of our worries together. We are on our way (you'll get this phrase once you watch the video)!
Worry Boxes - Watercolor Painting Exercise
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So this exercise, a more sophisticated and reflective take on the traditional mood board or vision board.
Instead of arranging images for inspiration or motivation, this collage is an opportunity to explore and to gain insight and clarity about the seasons we cycle through in our lives.
Take a moment to reflect on the current phase or season you're in, the one that just past or the one that you anticipate is approaching. Maybe it’s a season of rest, a season on learning, or a season on creation or manifestation.
Here are some questions to deepen your reflection and help you begin to figure out what images you may want to include in your collage.
What is the color palette of this season?
What scents do you smell or surround yourself with during this season?
What parts of this season do you enjoy?
What parts of this season bring rise to worry, fear, anxiety or apprehension?
What types of activities do you do during this season?
What thoughts and feelings arise during this season?
What is are the lessons of this season?
What is your approach to self-care during this season?
What words do you associate with this season?
What kind of support do you need during this season?
What would you name or call this season?
One of my favorite things to do while creating art, particularly when creating art for my mental health and emotional wellness, is to listen to music. While making this tutorial and creating a collage for one of my seasons, I was listening to the Global Funk playlist on Spotify. Here's the link! Spotify Global Funk Playlist
Seasons of Life Collage
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If you are going through a particularly difficult season and need support or guidance, I am here for you. Click the "Scheduling" tab in the menu above to schedule a consulation or session. And if you want to dive deeper into the meaning of your collage, email me or DM on IG @getartspired
Monday is around the corner. Once the workweek begins, we often fall into auto-pilot. We put on the mask and the armor to get through the week. We've gotten really good at smiling even when we are screaming out on the inside. We are good at our job, and we want (need) that paycheck. When the day is over, we are beat. Our energy is all used up. We tired. And then, Tuesday rolls in, and the cycle continues.
Often we feel guilty if we slow down. We get frustrated with ourselves when we aren't as productive as we think we should be. We could use a day off, and then we talk ourselves out of taking one. Food and sleep and breathing happen when the work is done.
But what if we could spare a few minutes each day to just check-in with ourselves?
How am I feeling today?
What is causing me stress?
How is my energy today?
What am I avoiding?
What do I need?
What am I looking forward to today?
What successes did I have today?
What if we gave ourselves a moment of stillness?
Self-reflection allows us to tap into ourselves and gain self-awareness. With greater self-awareness, we can handle stress better. We can notice what we need when we need it. We are more capable of caring for our mental and emotional selves.
Below is a short art exercise for relaxation, mindfulness, and creativity. Download it and give yourself 15 minutes to breathe, have a moment of stillness, and find clarity during the week. You deserve that.
About the Author
Hi! I'm Deanna Barton! Living through my creativity is were I find joy and fulfillment. I want to share this with all of you. This blog is intended to provide quick tips and fun posts about how to live more creatively and improve your emotional wellness. Personal growth is a process and I am here to inspire and motivate you!