On Overwhelm

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There I was, so looking forward to sharing the next blog post, and then…

Frühlingsornament das an japanische Kirschblüten mit Schnecke erinnert - Cherry Blossom Bordüre LSycr690 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Spring ornament reminiscent of Japanese cherry blossoms with snail. - Hanami - Sakura
Frühlingsornament das an Löwenzahn mit Marienkäfer im Art Deko Stil erinnert - Whimsy Spring Bordüre lycr690 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Spring ornament reminiscent of dandelion with ladybird in art deco style.

Last week, I had intended to share some of my latest creative endavours. I had enjoyed some creative time and have doodled a little more. This and regular check ins with the beauty of Nature I can see from our apartment really helps me to recharge my energy and to build some buffer for resilience. In fact, those check ins with Mother Nature without being able to go out much have inspired my doodles.

However, as you may have noticed, I ended up not sharing any blog post at all, last week.

Also, music is helping me to replenish my energy – listening to good music or singing just for myself.

Handgezeichnete Frühlingsbordüre im Stil Japanische Kirschzweige mit gefallenen Blütenblättern darunter. - Japanese Cherry Fallen Petals_ycr690 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Hand-drawn Spring border reminiscent of Japanese cherry branches with fallen flower petals beneath.
Frühlingsornament das an Löwenzahn mit Schnecke im Art Deko Stil erinnert - Whimsy Spring Bordüre rycr690 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Spring ornament reminiscent of dandelion with snail in art deco style.

A German proverb says:

Firstly, things turn out differently and secondly, than you think.”

-unknown

And that is, what happend – although, perhaps I should have expected it to become stressful as this often happend in the past six years when I began to charge up my batteries a little: things just became overwhelming. It seems, that whenever a little space is noticed, some stressful aspect is trying to take it in and requires to be taken care of – only that I have taken care of more that one person should have to, in recent years.

“What actually happens when you urgently need to take a step back and preserve strength, but you cannot because instead you are forced to face more and more challenges?

What do you do then?

Seriously, I could use some tips”
Handgezeichnete Frühlingsbordüre im Stil Japanische Kirschzweige mit jungen Blättern. - Japanese Cherry First Leaves_ycr690 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Hand-drawn Spring border reminiscent of Japanese cherry branches with young leaves.
Frühlingsornament das an Taubnessel mit Schmetterling im Art Deko Stil erinnert - Whimsy Spring Centre Piece Cycr612 © Stefanie Neumann - #KBFHandcrafted - All Rights Reserved. - Spring ornament reminiscent of dead-nettle with butterfly in art deco style.

So, what I did was, I asked for help. In prayer, mostly, because I did not know whom else to turn to. And you know what? Universe provided.

Was it scary? – Yes, very much so.

Was it outrageously exhausting? – Yes, absolutely.

Do I have to take it one step and one breath at a time? – Yes, of course. But that is how everything is done, is it not: one step and one breath at a time. The art for me is, to commit fully to each step and each breath, to allow myself to do those steps at my own pace – as long as I do them! – to take those breaths at my own pace – as long as I am breathing! – and to not get discouraged by their amount or by the fact that I cannot see where the path is leading. And hey, is it not a good thing to have many more breaths to take?!

How are you dealing with overwhelm and exhaustion? What helps you to replenish your energy and to build or unlock your resilience?

Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much Love,
Steffi