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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 HugickaSuppressed 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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InPBo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
paint your frustation on a canvas (maybe like troung pain at the canvas or peace of paper)

don't think about it get distracted with something else

tear up a lot of  paper and make recicle paper with that 8or maybe not... forget this one)

even if you are angry don't do what i do (being irrascible - verry easy to be angry . irrascível) just cool out and be nice to people. shouting wont help. 

try to talk about with others of your frustation (you have the journal part... that's enought :)) but friends/family can happen


eat chocolate for chocolate makes you happy - but don't exagerate.

do what you like to do and be happy with it



i get stressed out very easy with the impossible tasks we are asked to do at craft classes. Class work is to be done in Class time right? (i'm in high school not UNIVERSITY *sight*) the teacher makes us work like machines for she can have the works done in time ITS IMPOSSIBLE if you want something nice and weldone don't push the extreme of your students. there are people who don't know how to work with some materials for for that the exucution gets a bit strange/wierd or that person will work more slowly... +sig* but anyways seems that she finaly understand and will do things more easy to accomplish in time given :)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the idea to paint frustration, even as a 10 day challenge :)

Thanks for your comment!
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InPBo Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student General Artist
you are very welcomed ^^
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mahou1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I get frustrated tones of times when I draw. I love to draw so much, but I alwayswant my drawing to be perfect, as I imagined it in my mind, and when it doesn't- I'm really disappointed in myself. This is basiclly why I have only 11 deviations in my gallery, allthough I have a user here for two whole years. I sketch a lot but when I try to draw a serious piece, I get frustrated very easly. This guide is so helpful, thank you so much!
And I get what you're saying bout the rain, I feel it too :) 
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Sweetdemoness87 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I am loving these articles jane-beata. You did a wonderful job! 
I especially like number 6- look at things from the futures point of veiw. 
I am def going to try that the next time i get all frustrated. And number 8 as well. Thanks so much for sharing. 
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very glad it helped :)

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DejayScrwu Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nothing is more aggrivating than spending hours, even days, on a peice of art that you end up hating. even worse when people are expect you to deliver
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree, I know the feeling too, but I don't view it as a wasted time, you learn either way - succeeding and failing. :)
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DejayScrwu Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i read somewhere that it is important to surround yourself with other artists, the idea being that you are your own worst critic and being around only your worst critic everyday can hurt your confidence. Just something i was thinking of that I'm sure others would be interested in knowing
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DejayScrwu Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
4 hours ago i posted that, i was particularly fed up with a piece that i'm still working on. i was ready to give up as i felt it wasn't turning out how i intended and misrepresented my art style entirely. now, not only have i cheered up, but i actually feel confident that this picture is going to turn out great. i thought i was going to scrap it, and now my world is back in order. what changed? you ask?

i pulled up some of my first pieces of the same style and compared them to my new, unfinished product side-by-side. i became aware of how much progress i've made and all of a sudden i felt great knowing i'm improving, instead of feeling depressed that i'm not perfect.

i think that ultimately is my problem. i get too "close" to a drawing for too any hours on end. sometimes you just need to take a step back and try to look at it from a different perspective.
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