I’ve had a stressful month, going through some big stuff and big changes that will ultimately be really good in the end, but now are causing me some anxiety, tension and neck pain. Ugh! So, it is a good thing that I have started my Art of Giving e-course today, reminding me to lean more towards gratitude and taking care of myself a bit more than I have been.
I have a propensity for being a highly anxious person, something that doesn’t really come across on my blog or really in my daily life, but it has always plagued me. It comes and goes and I am really good at hiding it from others. Unfortunately, it is my poor husband that sees it the most, especially when I wake up at night feeling like my heart is racing and I can’t breath.
Over the years, I have learned to deal with it with yoga, deep breathing, exercise, music and decreasing caffeine, which really does makes it a lot worse. One of the greatest things that really calms my nerves though, is making art. Even if I am just playing in my art journal, which I am now calling my de-stress journal. It is the one thing that really takes me away, like those funny calgon commercials from the 1970s. It also helps to have a good husband, friend or blog to talk to, which I am thankful to have all three.
I pulled out my watercolors last weekend to help me cope with this stress and anxiety. Here is what I’ve made so far. It has been a long time since I’ve painted with my watercolors. You can see some of my old watercolor illustrations here.
Thanks for listening.