Thanks to Cate Scaglione for noticing this blog pots, because we ALL feel it at some point. Here are some GREAT tips for making it through a funk when you're feeling it hard. All of this content came from Snippets from Snapper.
You can make it through the funk. Trust me. Here's how I did it:
- Take some space and time for yourself. Ease up on the commitments and obligations. Do things you enjoy. Read a good book, go to the movies, take a class that has nothing to do with the problems you're trying to solve. Chain watch a television series. (It's okay if you learn things that will help you with your current set of problems, but it's also okay if you don't.) Take some Me Time.
- Do what you know, but not what's giving you stress. I've been struggling with the financial and temporal resources required to bring my next two new acts to life. Instead of grinding away at those projects, I cut and stitched a bunch of hand puppets for an upcoming show. I had the time and supplies to crank them out. It didn't require any thought or problem solving, and I will use what I made. I've taken a break and made dresses and aprons in the past. No special drafting, no special rigging. Completing simple tasks will restore confidence.
- If you're hurt, rest what's hurting and engage something else. I couldn't trampoline, bicycle or dance once my knee pain reached a certain point. I knew it wasn't just a muscle cramp that needed stretching, so I took some time for it to heal. I engaged my mind to work on my French skills so I can travel later this year. I engaged my mind on learning new sewing skills that I'm sure I'll use later. I didn't burn any calories, but I also didn't wind up feeling useless.
- Help other people problem solve. I don't mean stick your nose in other people's business and tell them how to live. Just let people know you're open to helping them solve certain types of problems. I help people sort out costume and prop construction issues (to a point) for fun. It's sometimes easier to solve someone else's problems more easily than your own. Helping other people can bring the easy solution to your own problems to the surface.
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