What do you do to still your mind?
I have learned that some yoga, meditation, or journeying are essential to me each day. If I don't do these things, I know it in a few days. I start to get agitated and irritable. My journaling work also, helps me focus and center. I started this work using my journal as a stepping stone into the artwork I was doing in the studio. It helped to make a loose messy collage in my art journal, write some words, then get to work.
There are many tools to get our brains calmed and centered, to deal with the stress of this life.
Walks in nature.
and breathing some more.
and a bit more. . . .
Yesterday, I reached my stress limit, so I pulled out all the tools - yoga, meditation, journaling, walking.
I made it through.
I also have learned to listen to myself more closely, and try to slow down and relax before the stress reaches critical mass.
Hormones, family problems, health problems, those hold messages whenever you call any business you need to resolve issues with, just the speed of daily life and all it's obligations can tell us we can't make art, art is frivolous.
Art is Essential.
It's that simple.
So go make some today!
"If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe, the speculum of all creation." --Chuang Tzu