Time Out: Visual Therapy

Last week, I set up Mondays for marketing and focusing on the business of the day. That went amazingly well, so I’m staying with that schedule, unless a better way shows itself. I believe in going with what works and re-examining it again in a couple of months, to make sure it’s still working.

But I also scheduled in time-outs or much needed breaks…to do what my heart calls me to do in that moment. Which means, I stop to drink a nice hot chocolate and savor its goodness. Or to just look up from my desk and laugh at the silly pictures on my bulletin board, to make me remember that laughter is important, too!

Today, during my scheduled break, I worked in my journal, because it was important for me to write and art about something that was bugging me. I don’t feel like sharing what it was, but I realized while writing and putting in images that captured my feelings, that this was therapeutic for me. To get it out and on paper.

I needed a place to dump the emotional gunk, that I was storing up from a conversation, that I really wasn’t consciously aware that I was holding on to; but my day was fumbling. So when my break came, I went to my art journal. My art journal is my place for letting that kind of stuff roam and find solace.

Please, don’t get me wrong, journaling does not and never will take the place of professional therapy and I’m a firm believer in the help professional therapy provides. But, today’s requirement, for me, was a heavy journal session.

Jounaling for me, is a good start to processing my feelings and it is a beautiful part of my support regime.  It acts as a guide post for where I am emotionally and lets me know loud and clear, “get some professional support around this!” whatever “this” may be at the time.

So, my needs insisted upon a “visual therapy session” and you know what…my journal did me good, now…back to the business of today.


Where do you go to begin processing your emotions or do you process them?  What works for you?



  1. I need to take lessons from you! I am so in awe that you are taking charge of Mondays and staying disciplined. More power to you! Truthfully, I envy you and your dedication to your art journals. I've never been able to keep one, though I have tried. I don't really process my emotions. I tend to feel and then let go. That's nice in some ways, but also bad because I often don't remember how badly things affect me and I am destined to repeat them. Anyway, I admire you and your journals.

    Keep on being fearless! xoxoxo

    Comment by bella sinclair — October 15, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

  2. This is beautiful. I love the textures and rocks. Doing something creative is a wonderful way to work on mental issues you need to work out.

    Comment by Linda Hensley — October 16, 2012 @ 7:04 am

  3. Hi Linda,

    Thank you! I love the organic feel of this journal, too! :) I've learned that emotions are better out then in, especially stressful ones. Thanks so much for cruising by! :)

    Comment by indigene1 — October 16, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

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