Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I reach this emotional, frantic state of wanting to find some way to lessen it as quickly as possible. Feeling overwhelmed puts me in a place surrounded by negative energy and we all know how that can ruin any day or any mood.

I love finding out what people do when they feel the same way because the ways to make it better are endless. For me it’s, yes you guessed it, writing. For some people, it’s getting out of the house and just driving with no specific destination. For others, it’s going to a studio and painting their troubles away.

I can’t tell you how frustrating it is not to be able to control what effects me. Well, not entirely, at least. That’s why writing is so essential in my life. Just last night, I was laying in bed, ready to go to sleep when I had this sudden urge to write about what was on my heart.

You don’t need negative thoughts. All they have ever given you was a false self that suffers. They are all lies

Gina Lake, What About Now?: Reminders for Being in the Moment

My heart sometimes won’t feel at peace until I’ve poured it’s contents on a piece of paper. Any negative energy that surrounds me can instantly surround my heart if I choose to let it. And not only do I know it hurts me, but I know it affects the people around me too. Luckily, it’s only been me that gets the short end of the stick lately (but trust me, it’s progress compared to years ago.)

That doesn’t mean I’m in a constant state of pessimistic thoughts. I just mean that I’m handling the moments I get overwhelmed the best way I know how while trying to figure out what more I can do to eliminate that “negative energy” before it attempts to make its entrance. It’s not easy, I’ll tell you that much haha. But it’s important to know that it’s normal.

Do whatever helps make your heart feel lighter at the end of the day

There’s going to be moments where you’re so overwhelmed, you kinda just want to lay on the floor rather casually and float away from your problems (should gravity miraculously allow you to do so). Being overwhelmed is acceptable… being surrounded by negative energy, whether it’s yours or someone else’s, is not. It starts to take its toll.

So drive. Write. Run. Scream. Paint. Do whatever helps make your heart feel lighter at the end of the day. That before you go to sleep, there’s a tiny weight that’s not laying heavy in your chest anymore. Little things make a big impact, wouldn’t you agree? Let’s kick that negativity to the curb. Be gone!