Saturday, June 30, 2012

How to Overcome Overwhelm

Patriotic Flats © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 10 oil on board

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Have you had those days or even weeks when you mind is spinning with all those great ideas? Your mind might sound like this:
 Oh, I'm so excited I'm going to do this, this is going to be great! Okay, first I"m going to make this and then I'm going to do that, but first I have to get this , but before that I have to finish that other thing has to be done too, oh, I have to order that, but where is the best deal, but what is more important this or that or wait! what should be the higher priority, well okay I think I'll just start here, no I can't start here because that won't work I need to do this first, but what about my laundry, I have to do that it needs to get done too or gosh I think I'll...  (yes, I know that looks and sounds like one huge run-on sentence, but isn't that what your minds does?)

 Before you know it, you become overwhelmed and then completely paralyzed. How crazy is it when you have so much to do and you know the best way to overcome the overwhelm is to get moving. Yet instead you become  paralyzed. The kind of feeling that just makes you want to throw your arms up and say "I quit" because somewhere inside you feel like you can never win or never get ahead, that dreadful feeling of power-less-ness.

But Alas, I have something for you to try, don't worry it's easy and quick. Make yourself BIG- ya, you heard me- make yourself BIG. Think about it, when you feel powerless you feel small and when you feel small it is hard for you to break-free of the overwhelm.  This is going to involve your power of imagination and yes, you can do it.  Think of a pink of elephant-see! You can do it.  

Okay now, close your eyes and imagine you are 300 feet tall and filled with great white light and just take a couple moments and immerse yourself in this feeling. Fill yourself up with the feeling of being powerful. After you have soaked up this feeling, go and do the first thing that comes to mind.  Have fun.


  1. I'm feeling so big I want to watch a movie an relax! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this painting. So fab to see you last night - you look marvelous!

  2. I'm glad to know I'm not alone with "mind spins" like this....and this is a great visual to help "unspin" it and get going! Thanks Amy.

  3. Amy, beautiful work, and great words of wisdom! I love it all!