How Art Saved My Sanity

How Art Saved My Sanity

Sureen Gouws Art Wall sculpture relief monochrome minimalistic

Art: My Lifeline - A Journey Toward Sanity and Serenity

In the midst of life's relentless whirlwind, I reached a breaking point—a profound burnout and anxiety that urged me to seek an escape. This experience is one that resonates with countless others who have faced the overwhelming pressures of modern life.

It was then that I stumbled upon art, initially a tentative exploration, but soon it evolved into my lifeline. Art offered me solace, providing a refuge from the overwhelming demands of daily life. It became a canvas where my thoughts and emotions flowed freely, unveiling a therapeutic outlet that proved instrumental for my mental well-being.

With every brushstroke, I discovered a profound sense of joy and purpose. Art gave me a voice, a tangible representation of my inner self, and a medium through which I could craft something I was deeply passionate about. Engaging in this creative process became more than a practice—it turned into a meditation, a tranquil space where I could be fully present.

.

Sureen Gouws Art Wall sculpture relief monochrome minimalistic Textured art perspective artist studio
.

 As my body of work expanded, so did my desire to share it with the world. Witnessing how my art resonated with others, offering them a window into their own inner worlds, brought a profound sense of joy and purpose. Through art, I unearthed facets of myself that had long been buried beneath the demands of daily life. It became a mirror, reflecting the depths of my own soul and guiding me on an enlightening journey of self-discovery.

.

Sureen Gouws Art Wall sculpture relief monochrome minimalistic artist studio
.

Looking back, I now see that there was more to this story. The years of perceived chaos and constant overwhelm find a connection to the recent diagnoses of both Endometriosis and ADHD at the age of 40. The struggle to navigate a world that seemed to operate at a different pace became a daily challenge. The burnout I experienced wasn't solely a result of excessive work; it was also the consequence of coping with undiagnosed conditions that fundamentally impacted how I perceived and interacted with the world.

 .

Sureen Gouws Art Wall sculpture relief monochrome minimalistic artist studio
.

Endometriosis, impacting over 1 in 7 women, presented its own distinctive challenges. Its symptoms frequently went unnoticed or were misinterpreted, leaving me in a constant quest for answers about my well-being. Both physically and emotionally, it took a toll on me. As time progressed, my body's signals grew harder to dismiss, compelling me to make it a priority to uncover the underlying issue.

The ADHD diagnosis brought even more clarity. Suddenly, the constant distractions, the struggle to focus, and the feeling of being out of sync with the world had an explanation. Understanding that my brain functioned differently brought a sense of relief and an opportunity to learn new coping strategies.

.

Sureen Gouws Art Wall sculpture relief monochrome minimalistic artist studio

.

Hitting rock bottom was indeed a painful experience, yet it also served as the turning point that led me to seek help and uncover the underlying causes of my struggles. Now, armed with the knowledge of my conditions, I embark on a journey of healing and self-discovery. Through my art, I hope to give back and provide a daily reminder of the unwavering strength and boundless hope within each individual. I am driven by a mission to spread positivity, make a meaningful impact, and offer a moment of calm and inspiration to those who engage with my pieces.

 

Remember, even in our darkest moments, lies the potential for transformation and growth. Embrace the journey, for it is through seeking answers that we find the strength to heal and discover our truest selves.

 With Love,

Sureen

Back to blog