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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:





Turn frustration... by HugickaFrustration by yuroranSuppressed frustration II by KvikkenFrustration by jvg246

You're my frustration by fluorescent2892

same old frustration by MerdollFrustration by 12of8Frustration - Co-Production by ttancredi

My mind's frustration by aTTe-1 FRUSTRATION. by Eyadoos


Motivational article written for #projecteducate's Surprise Community Week :heart:
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:iconjane-beata:
jane-beata Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Not at all, thank you (:
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MotivatedArtist Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, I'm the one who's suppose to say thank you. Thank you very much!
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DaveLopes Dec 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
can't tell u the last time I hadn't felt that way...
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TheDarkenedBride Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ja chodim na dlhe prechadzky kazdy den :nod: a tie ucinky pocitujem velmi zretelne :la:

dobry napad na journal :iconrosesplz:
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robertaorfei Dec 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I think that frustration is in my genetic code. I never been satisfied of anything. I aspire to perfection, but I know I've no talent. Despite of this I continue to draw and paint because it's a way to vent my anger and my pain, hoping that practice will makes me better.
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:iconold-scorpio1979:
Hallelujah! You spoke my words! (Except that in my case it's about photography.)
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:iconrobertaorfei:
robertaorfei Dec 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hi!I know how you can feel!
The best thing to do in these situations is to focus on your own goal. I know it's not easy, because everybody works or study(or both) and there is never enough time . We must also consider the possibility of going back to school (and I will in January)! There are plenty of evening improvement courses. Above all, we must stop being too critical with ourselves!!Cheers! ;)
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:iconold-scorpio1979:
I don't think I'll ever be to critical on myself. It brought me this far, and I hope it can take me further. As for evening courses, I have such a busy day and so little money, I doubt I could afford one. Oh well, there are still a lot of books and films on photography... Thank you for your encouragement and for taking time to write me.
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DianaGrigore Dec 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
:clap: wonderfully written, good points and straight at the point.
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DFX4509B Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you can't come up with any ideas for a painting, for example, start acting like a six-year-old and splatter paint everywhere.
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