9 ways to overcome (artistic) Frustration
Everyone has heard of it, everyone fears the very sight of it, but if you are an artist, there is a good chance it creeps at you regularly, more often than a flu, in various forms and intensity; in psychology, Frustration is a common emotional response to opposition / obstacle, is related to anger and disappointment and its strength depends on the size of the established challenge. When Frustration calls you more often than your mother does, it's time to take an action!
1. - TAKE A WALK
Try to get your feelings straight by walking it out of your system. Is it raining or snowing? Even better, get soaked and dry out.
2. - SHIFT YOUR FOCUS
Sleep on it. Make yourself busy with small repetitive tasks, watch a good movie or comedy, play a game, visit your family or a friend, cook a new recipe, get a haircut, tidy up your room or house, watch a documentary, have a chocolate, take a horse riding lesson, play with a child, but try not to take this stage too long.
3. - ACCEPT THE REALITY
When you once have facts about the cause of your condition straight, make your peace with it. No matter how soothing it is to deny the reality, being honest with yourself is the only way to get you back on your feet.
4. - GET PHYSICAL WITH IT, EXERCISE
Emotional and mental condition is tightly bound with your body, workout will not only encourage your metabolism but get endorphins (hormones of happiness) into your brain.
5. - OFFER HELP TO SOMEONE
Besides doing a good thing, the feeling of being useful will give you a new strength.
6. - LOOK AT THE SITUATION FROM THE VIEW OF FUTURE
This is a great exercise, it will make you see things globally. From the bird's eyeview, even a really huge dark hole looks like a tiny dot.
7. - WRITE A JOURNAL
Even a public one, here on DA. Get it out there, sometimes it is a response from other people who are going through the same trouble that will help you to overcome it.
8. - LOVE THE CAUSE - REVIVE MOTIVATION
What can motivate better than love? Try to open your heart, make a list of things you love about your work/project/whatever the object of your efforts is, recollect happy moments you experienced in the past - you'll see this must be worth fighting for!
9. - WRITE YOUR OWN LIST OF WAYS TO OVERCOME FRUSTRATION
..and share it with your friends, on your blog, in your journal. Next time it strikes, you will be prepared!
The most important thing is to realize that Frustration is a part of the Struggle and Struggle is a gate to a new level - THAT level we seek to reach. Is dealing with being frustrated from time to time a good thing - than? I think so.