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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.




What is your experience with Frustration? Do you have regular ways to overcome it or does it surprise you unprepared? How long does it take you to get "stabilized" again?


Share your thoughts in the comments below :heart:





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Motivational article written for #projecteducate's Surprise Community Week :heart:
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Stygma Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Frustration: When you work days and days for something average and then see someone posting a masterpiece and telling : Done in 4 hours. 

FLIPPING ALL THE TABLES by Nekoshiba
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Comparing yourself to other artists is a tricky business, you don't know their background, education, age etc. Don't do that, focus on your own progress and compare yourself to you in the past ;)
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Stygma Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But, comparing myself to others push me toward improving! :XD:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Than compare away :D
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bubblehun Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
This is exactly me.
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is easy to enter frustration when you are working on a large or long project, so I always have several projects ongoing at the same time and I don't hesitate to make fast project to change my mind (photography is a good tool for that).
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I have to agree, long projects give you the hardest time, but can be equally as rewarding once you're really finished.

Thanks for reading :)
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Urus-28 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, to finish huge and ambitious project is very rewarding :thumbsup:
And even if you fail there is still some reward because you have try to go beyond your capacities :p
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
I think this could work for most kinds of frustration ;) :tea:
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course!
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