"True relaxation, which would do me the world of good, does not exist for me.” - Gustav Klimt
Over the course of my life, I have learned a few simple truths about myself.
1) I love and always will love my family.
2) I have an affinity for art, and there is no way I will stop creating in some form or fashion.
3) I cannot turn my brain off.
The first statement I believe almost everyone has the privilege to say and believe. The second statement I believe almost every artist, inventor, and creative has the privilege to say and believe. The third statement I believe is primarily toted by females, but there are also some men who have the "privilege" to say and believe. 😅
I say "privilege" a little tongue in cheek on that last statement because there are times when it does not seem like a blessing to not be able to turn off my brain. I will watch my husband and sons go to this magical place called The Nothing Box (my daughter can't shut off her brain either).
Now, The Nothing Box is magical to me because it is a foreign concept to have full freedom from thoughts attributed to the prefrontal cortex. It's a state where your body and mind can relax and just do the things that are muscle memory.
That is AMAZING!
But when I need this level of rest and relaxation, it appears to be so unachievable. To stop thinking? IMPOSSIBLE!
However, there are other ways to slow down your mind, slow down your thoughts, and give yourself a chance to catch up. Deep breathing, meditation, and other emotion- and thought-regulation activities can do a world of good to get you on the path toward a state of relaxation.
Why do I say all of this?
For the very reason that running rabbits through your mind all of the time can wear you out just as much as a full day of manual labor. Sleep is a time for your mind to rest, but if your brain can't shut off and process, how can you expect it to do and be the productive mind you want the next day?
So to the dear soul struggling with achieving relaxation because of their thoughts, I know these simple truths:
1) You are not alone.
2) You can have control.
3) It's not impossible.
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
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