Is my stress and anxiety required? My mind informs me it is.
Anxiety has followed me around like a lost canine looking for a bone for several years now.
My worries are not restricted to health issues though, and my ruminations go in the direction of dread about the future of the world, stresses over my finances, and fears that Im not excellent enough.
When Im anxious about my health or my daughters health, I feel it the most acutely. I see an unusual rash or feel an uncommon feeling and all of an abrupt: panic!
“Our stress and anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, however from desiring to control it.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
” Remember how you had that bad reaction to a medication? It could take place again!”
” You understand how your child had that febrile seizure two years back? You never ever understand what could occur next!”
When you were a kid, think back to what brought you joy and the feeling of circulation. Maybe for you it was playing sports or a musical instrument; composing your own sketches or training your pet dog to roll over. Whatever it was, search for ways to add more of it back into your life now.
I believe the reason painting is so handy for my anxiety is that, in order for me to be nervous, I have to be fretting about the future and what it holds. I have to be in the moment; there is no other option when Im doing an activity that requires my full concentration.
When distressed thoughts begin to swirl, I understand what to do. I head into my studio, grab some products, and start producing. Quickly enough, the spiraling worries are gone and instead my mind is peaceful.
And on and on my mind goes. I know I should not believe what it informs me, however in some cases I get sucked under and cant help it.
Painting is my peaceful location. Painting brings me directly into the minute, quickly and quickly. You understand how youre supposed to stay conscious and present? Thats what painting does for me, no tips or tricks or timers or mantras needed.
Thats when I started seeing something important: Painting stilled me in a manner that nothing else did. It alleviated my fears and anxieties in a manner other practices (deep breathing, meditating) did not, a minimum of not as regularly.
However this is not an unfortunate story, its a story of small enhancements and little steps forward. Its a journey of finding peace in the middle of a storm.
What activity brings you into the now? What makes you feel totally alive and braided with the moment? It doesnt matter if youre creative. It doesnt matter if you like making things. The only thing that matters is finding a method to be here, in the now, rather of in the unknowable future.
Things initially: If you have a hard time with anxiety, you ought to seek the help of a certified professional. As valuable as painting is, I also see a counselor, and the tools shes provided me are absolutely valuable.
I do this now, specifically when Im not painting. I know that a still mind releases my stress and anxiety, and I also know I cant paint all hours of the day.
Thankfully, after the birth of my daughter in 2014, the desire to develop came roaring back. At initially, I was utilizing a tiny corner of a bedroom in our little mountaintop rental house to paint. Eventually we bought a house, and I had the area to expand, to keep my products on top of my desk, ready to paint whenever the desire struck.
All of the practices that we can utilize to find calm, whether its changing our ideas, following our breath, duplicating a prayer or mantra, they all count on the very same thing: bringing our existence to the now.
” Think back to that time you and your household had a sluggish winter season and were very worried about cash. That could be just around the corner!”
Let me return a couple of years, back to when stress and anxiety wasnt part of my life. When I was a kid, I liked art. I drew, I colored, I took additional art classes on the weekends since thats what I took pleasure in.
Thats when my innovative practices fell by the wayside. I would never ever quit those years of travel and outdoor camping and working random tasks, however when I recall, I see this is where I stopped making art.
Even if you arent creative, even if you dont have an innovative bone in your body, I still believe you can achieve the stillness I achieve when painting. You might not have a brush in your hand!
Now that weve gotten that out of the method, here are the other ways I believe stillness and peace can be discovered, even if youre not meditating or breathing deeply while counting to ten.
Yes, I use other techniques to stop my anxiety, however painting is my outright favorite. I get to bring forth something brand-new.
I went to college to end up being an art teacher, switching to a graphic design track later on. When I completed school in May of 2001, I had a part-time design task, and after the events of September 2001, I understood I needed to travel, to leave the safe life I was residing in my home town.
For me that peace started with painting.
Start paying attention to your life as an adult and what activities make you forget about the time. When are you fully immersed? When do you completely let go? Maybe its throughout a yoga or meditation class, however maybe its when youre preparing a meal for your family or writing a budget plan for work.
I do not believe I was nervous like this when I was a kid. I believe these foundations of anxiousness began when I was older, probably my late twenties. I suppose already I d lived adequate life to know that things can and do fail.
I do not like sensation anxious. I do not like the way my body feels jangly and my mind races. I dont like it when I cant concentrate on the important things Im supposed to be doing.
** Artwork by the author, Jen Picicci
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Jen Picicci is an artist and author living in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She develops joy-giving, soul-lifting artwork, which is offered on cards, journals, and more. She likewise teaches classes on how to produce from your innermost self. To see her work, follow her on social networks, or download some complimentary wall art, check out www.JenPicicci.com.
I dont think I was nervous like this when I was a kid. I believe these underpinnings of uneasiness started when I was older, most likely my late twenties. Yes, I use other methods to stop my anxiety, but painting is my outright favorite. Believe back to what brought you delight and the feeling of flow when you were a kid. I know that a still mind releases my stress and anxiety, and I also know I cant paint all hours of the day.