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Peaceful Mandala by Beth Sawickie http://www.bethsawickie.com/peaceful-mandala

Peaceful Mandala

Peaceful Mandala by Beth Sawickie http://www.bethsawickie.com/peaceful-mandala

This mandala actually came about by accident.

I had created a mandala from a photo of a tree but I totally messed up with the resolution which meant the image was blurry when viewed in regular size.

I loved the lines it created and it’s look and wanted to still use it somehow.

With Photoshop and Topaz Labs Simplify I was able to create this Peaceful Mandala.

Buy prints and cards of this mandala HERE.

Here is the original image I started with:

Tree along path at sunrise by Beth Sawickie www.bethsawickie.com

 

Staying Healthy Amid Chaos

Chaos Calm Mandala - Beth Sawickie http://www.bethsawickie.com

For the last few weeks, life here has been a bit hectic, stressful and just downright exhausting.

Everyone has chaotic times in their lives.  There is no avoiding them.  Being prone to depression, I KNOW that I can easily find myself in that hole when life gets crazy.

For me, the key to staying sane and healthy during these times is remembering to take care of myself – and actually doing it!  And also not getting pissed at myself when I forget to take time for myself – that just creates an unhelpful negative spiral.

Tweet This:Chaos in the world around me does not have to mean chaos within me.” – @BethSawickie

Here are things I have been doing that are helping me to stay healthy (and sane!) amid the chaos:

  • A huge milestone for me is being aware of when things are getting chaotic and being aware that I need to make sure I’m taking care of myself.
  • Doing only what I NEED to do on a daily basis.  When life gets a bit crazy my main goals become food and clean clothes – and oh yeah – showering!!
  • Having some down time to do something fun. (For me fun is…spending time in nature, reading, photography, creating mandalas like the one in this post, watching a comedy)
  • Leaving off a lot of those pain-in-the-ass “shoulds” from the to-do list.  (I “should” have a perfect “Leave It To Beaver” household – everything clean and in place, weed all the flower beds, wash the car, shampoo the carpet…etc.)  These darn “shoulds” seriously haunt the back of my brain more than I’d like to admit – working on letting go of them has been very helpful.
  • Doing the “4-G’s of Feeling Good  –  I’ll admit that I have NOT been doing all of these every day these last few weeks and I KNOW that when I do them it really helps me to Feel Good no matter what stuff is going on in the rest of my world.
    • Goin’ – get my body moving daily.  I have been doing this most days 🙂
    • Greens – eating greens every day.  This is where I have been REALLY slacking.
    • Givin’ – to myself and others. Definitely been doing this.
    • Gratitude – even when life gets crazy there are always things to be grateful for. 

Grab your free copy of my book – “Get Back on the Feel Good Train: 4 Simple Strategies to Help Get  You Back on Track” that explains the 4-G’s more HERE.

Another huge help for me is having a GREAT support system of a few close friends I know I can turn to for support – and my therapist.

Ultimately, it’s all about taking one day at a time and doing the best you can each day – right?

I’m always looking for suggestions about simple things to do to stay happy and healthy – what do you do that works for you?  Please let me know in the comments below 🙂

Prints of the mandala with chaos quote are available HERE
Prints and greeting cards of the “Calm Peaceful Balance Mandala” are available HERE.