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Stress…Remember to Breathe

February14

1-31-10 047.6Its amazing how fast stress seems to pile up.  There always seems to be a thousand things that need to be done, and there is never enough time to do them.  I usually feel like I am pulled in a million directions at the same time.  There is never enough time to meet my commitments; family, friends, my art, the blog, chores, gaming.  It feels as if there are constant demand from everyone and everything.

folder2 227I have been complaining about this same thing for a while, but still I add more things to do.  Now I have a new awesome camera and need to make time for that, and now a blog too.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am really enjoying the blog.  I think it is actually making me more creative, I keep coming up with new projects to feature on it.

3-12-11 0251When I start feeling this way, what I really need to do is to think about what makes me happy.  I am happy to lend a hand when needed, yet its hard to find that balance of  helping yourself as well as others.  I am happiest when I remember that I am here too, and I deserve time to myself.  It sounds selfish when you spell it out, but one can’t truly be happy if they are not happy with themselves.  I have come to realize that in the past year.

Now you may be asking yourself, what do these happy looking pictures have to do with this post about stress and lack of time.  These are the things I try to think bout when I am stressed out.  Pretty things, happy things, things I enjoy, times when I was the happiest.

The icicles hanging off one of our gutters, that I was lucky enDSC_01491ough to take from inside the house where it was warm! My palette of paint after creating something awesome.  The gorgeous flowers that my wonderful husband got me for my birthday.    The mystical moon. Clouds after  rainstorm, right before sunset.  Gavin and I had been out looking for rainbows, we weren’t lucky enough to find one, but the clouds were spectacular.

folder1 112When the times come that I think I am at a breaking point, I simply relish in the quiet of the house after the boys have gone to school and work.  Take some time just for me with a long hot bubble bath, and remember all the good things I have in my life. A loving family that would do anything for me, the ability to work to support my family, food in the pantry.  We are all truly fortunate in one way or another.  The trick is to really look at what makes us that way.  Spend some time today and take a good look at what you are thankful for, then when you are stressing out, think about those things and remember to breathe.  Tomorrow is another day.


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