How I Pull Myself Out Of A Downward Spiral

Hello, amazing artists! Today, I want to talk about something personal, something that’s fresh in my mind. I haven’t been feeling well for about two weeks now, and this week, I started to feel overwhelmed and went into a downward spiral.

Pursuing an art career and feeling like nothing is coming from it can lead to overwhelming roadblocks and obstacles. I want to talk about what I did in that place and share it with you, hoping it will help you out.

Emotions and feelings are the most important things to look at and face when pursuing an art career. Discouragement and going into a downward spiral can kill your art career because it causes you to decide to stop.

Let me share with you what happened to me. Everything was on track with the art business, and the studio was finally open, but a big storm hit on the day we were ready to go. A giant tree in our yard was swaying, and a big branch fell off that tree, just missing our house. Looking at the tree during the storm, I knew it had to come down, but our finances have been stretched thin after the move and the studio being shut down for so long. We’re still recovering. The idea of paying for the project was daunting because we have more debt than I’m comfortable with.

So, I devised a plan for taking the tree down that involves creating art from it. In the meantime, I ordered a printer and invested a fair amount of money that we didn’t have into it. I decided to rerelease my prints, something that’s easy for me to do, and it’s not very expensive as far as price goes, with a good profit margin. I released my prints, but nothing happened, which is typical. That’s how it works. However, I discovered that I was focused on the lack of money because of the tree, and other things I didn’t realize were brewing in my mind.

I immediately found myself in a downward spiral, feeling hopeless and not wanting to do anything. I knew I had to snap out of it, so I started to do something about it. I decided to focus on what I could control: creating art. I started planning the artwork with the tree and the fallen branch. I also decided to share my experience with you, hoping that it could help someone out there who is going through something similar.

The first step is to acknowledge your feelings and emotions. Don’t deny them, but don’t let them take over you. The second step is to focus on what you can control. Create art, write, read, or do something that makes you happy. The third step is to change your mindset. Don’t focus on the lack of money or the things you can’t do. Focus on what you can do and the opportunities that come your way.

It’s essential to surround yourself with a community of people who are supportive of your art and your journey. Join a group, attend art shows, or reach out to someone who inspires you. It’s also important to take care of yourself physically and mentally.

Pursuing an art career can be challenging, and it’s okay to feel discouraged and overwhelmed. But it’s essential to acknowledge your feelings, focus on what you can control, and change your mindset. Remember that you are not alone, and there is always a way forward. Keep creating and keep going.

In life, there are moments when things don’t go as planned, and it’s easy to fall into negative thinking patterns. You start to downward spiral, and before you know it, you’re consumed by worries and regrets.

Challenging negative thoughts is a powerful step to breaking free from the downward spiral.
These thoughts are often patterns we have developed over time, and it’s essential to identify them and challenge them by asking ourselves, “Is this really true?” Look for evidence that contradicts your negative thoughts. For example, if you think you will never succeed in something, look for examples of people who started from scratch and succeeded.

Another powerful technique is mindfulness. When we’re in the midst of a downward spiral, we’re often thinking about something that hasn’t even happened yet, and we’re worrying about things we can’t control. Mindfulness is about staying in the present and focusing on what’s happening right now. When we’re mindful, we’re not distracted by worries and regrets, and we’re better able to deal with the challenges we face.

Taking a break from everything is also essential. Sometimes, it may be necessary to take a day or two off to regain our balance and find our center. It’s crucial to remember that our emotions are important, and we need to take care of ourselves.

If you’re struggling with negative thoughts and finding it difficult to break free, seek help. Talk to someone who can offer you guidance and support. Sometimes, we need to lean on others to help us get through challenging times.

We all experience moments of negative thinking and downward spirals, but we have the power to break free from them. By challenging negative thoughts, practicing mindfulness, and seeking support when needed, we can overcome any obstacle and find our way back to a place of peace and happiness. Remember, your thoughts and emotions matter, and you have the power to shape your reality.


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  1. This was perfect timing for me in my own spiral. So many things have gone wrong in the last few days! Or I have done so many things wrong in the last few days? I have started to feel very down. I will try your suggestions.

    1. I wish I had a person the way you and Klee have each other, but I have mostly accepted that is not probable for me. I need to find alternatives. I have a psychologist I am comfortable with and manage to see regularly but that is not enough. I keep trying to push myself to try journaling for the hundredth time.

  2. My mind sometimes demonstrates it’s excellent ability to weave together multiple sources of negativity and stress into a hopeless trap 😄

  3. I actually need to take a step back from my art projects myself. I have been pounding out demos and writing songs pretty consistently since december, but with that I have been ignoring a lot of other stuff that needs attention, stuff that I haven’t given attention for like 8 and 1/2 years style. The backyard, the garage, the basement, full of rotting junk. Things are pretty out of whack with my home life and with financial stuff honestly. Feeling pretty disconnected from myself and my husband has been expressing the same unholy things. So, I also need to take a step back and rehab that s*** before I let myself go back to being busy with my art.

  4. I had three sections of my already pitiful privacy fence blow over during the windy weather. I can’t recycle the wood for art because it is rotted and moldy. However, my daughter and I just shrugged and added repairing it or replacing it to our to do list. No money for it but no reason to stress over it. I bought the house knowing it was a fixer-upper. It.suits me nonetheless. Actually motivates me to create more art.

  5. Oh man, I cvan so relate! Sorry you’re going through this and kudos for finding a way to cope and thrive despite the setbacks!

  6. Hey Rafi, you’re not alone. I admire you for being able to pull yourself out of a spiral like that.
    Only one addition: I talk to my dog. 🙂

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