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When Life Is Overwhelming...when it all gets too much!

Updated: May 13

When life is overwhelming, what do you do? This weekend I had a huge sense of being overwhelmed - it hit me like a massive wave. It crashed over me like a force of nature. I began to get in a panic about the Country Living Christmas Fair. ."I'm not good enough," "I'm not prepared enough," "I don't belong there" – these thoughts raced through my mind, threatening to engulf me in panic.


Fortunately, I had a lifeline – friends who listened, a family who walked beside me in nature, and the solace of digging my hands into the therapeutic soil of my garden. These simple acts grounded me, offering a perspective shift amidst the chaos. They reminded me of what truly matters, how far I've come, and, most importantly, that I am capable of facing this challenge head-on. I know that I CAN do it.

It's Just Another Market

As Monday dawns, I am confronted with three weeks until the London fair. It's time to summon my inner strength, to don my metaphorical "big girl pants," and tackle the task ahead. After all, it's just another market – a mantra I'll repeat to myself as I navigate the preparations.

But what about you? How do you handle those moments when overwhelm threatens to drown you?

Give it a Try

When the weight of the world feels too heavy to bear, turning to trusted allies can be a game-changer. Whether it's a supportive friend, a loving family member, or a compassionate colleague, sharing your struggles can alleviate the burden and provide valuable perspective. Talking it out not only helps to rationalise your thoughts but also reinforces the fact that you're not alone in this journey.

Nature, too, holds incredible healing powers. Stepping outside, breathing in the fresh air, and immersing yourself in the beauty of the natural world can work wonders for your mental well-being. A walk in the woods, a stroll along the beach, or simply tending to your garden can offer a sense of calm amidst the storm, reminding you of the bigger picture beyond your immediate worries.

Get Your Hands Dirty

And then there's the therapeutic act of getting your hands dirty – quite literally. There's something profoundly grounding about digging into the soil, connecting with the earth, and witnessing the cycle of growth and renewal firsthand. Gardening not only provides a welcome distraction but also serves as a powerful metaphor for resilience and perseverance. As you nurture your plants, you're reminded of your own capacity to weather the storms and emerge stronger on the other side.

My art has the same effect, creating something beautiful, from the heart, on a blank canvas, is joyous. Sharing that art with others, and seeing them smile, is priceless. So find what makes your creativity flow, escape the overwhelming feelings life can throw at you, and breathe.

When Life Is Overwhelming...

Remember this: you have the strength within you to weather any storm. So, when life is overwhelming lean on your support system, immerse yourself in nature, and find solace in the simple acts of everyday life. And above all, remind yourself that you are capable, you are worthy, and you are enough. With these tools at your disposal, you can ride the waves of overwhelm and emerge victorious on the other side. They have worked for me and continue to inspire me with my art.

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