Artists, 5 tips for coping with overload!

Sometimes life can overwhelm you!

As I found in the recent run up to open Studios. You might have noticed in last weeks post!

Caught up in preparations and keeping up with wider exhibitions and promotions. It was going fairly well until the Wednesday before we opened.

When several things conspired to happen at once.

Nothing major when taken in isolation. But a cumulative effect tipping the balance. Resulting in feelings of depression and a strong desire to run away.

To paraphrase Marlene “I wanted to be alone!”

Off days are inevitable in a period of prolonged activity. The important thing is to recognise the symptoms and allow yourself a moment to acknowledge the feelings.

1. Take a break

Go for a walk, run or listen to some music – my preference is something heavy that I can sing along to, loudly. Whatever it is, find something which calms you in moments of crisis.

On days when you’re not sure what to do, it’s OK to take time out an get your head straight. In fact it’s essential. You will not be very productive if you don’t!

I had a tea break and checked through some blogs. I was delighted to find a reference to my blog on the Art Biz Blog I did wonders for my morale. Thanks Alison!

Give yourself a little time until you’ve gathered yourself together. Then get stuck in.

2. Call in the troops if necessary

At times like these, friends are worth their weight in gold. They may be able to help practically or just allow you to vent and figure out your options. Mine have been fantastic and did both, especially Mel and Penny – you know who you are! Thank you!

3. Be Positive

You have to believe you can do it. Otherwise you will give up.

4. Prioritise

You may not be able to do everything you planned. So don’t try to. Focus on what must be done and leave the rest for another time.

5. Remember the goal

From Circles to Cities for Bucks Open Studios 2011
From Circles to Cities for Bucks Open Studios 2011

Now I’ve started Open Studios I’ve met lots of wonderful, encouraging people and have finally been able to paint!

Stress!

What’s that?

After the meltdown, I did get it together!

From Circles to Cities @ Bucks Open Studios 2011
From Circles to Cities for Bucks Open Studios 2011
From Circles to Cities for Bucks Open Studios 2011
From Circles to Cities for Bucks Open Studios 2011

From Circles to Cities for Bucks Open Studios 2011
From Circles to Cities for Bucks Open Studios 2011

I called for help and we managed to get ready in time for the preview. This is the result.

So, do have any other tips to get you past the low days?

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