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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