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stressed

so i like to draw but i am getting alot more frustrated with it because the drawings dont turn out in my head  or dont turn out great so i am think of just to stop drawing even tho it helps me alot with me dression and anxiety 

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Hi @dragon3 I'm sorry to hear you are feeling this frustration! It can be really disheartening when your art/project doesn't turn out the way you picture it. 

You have said that drawing helps you a lot with your depression and anxiety; is there a way that you can focus on these benefits without focusing on the finished product? Or could you watch some youtube tutorials or try another form of drawing like stenciling or colouring that brings you the same benefits without the frustration? 

While I can't draw at all, I experience similiar feelings of frustration when I am trying to write in my journal but look back and feel that I haven't expressed myself well or can't get into a good flow, but I just try to focus on the process and the positive effects it has on my mental health rather than the finished product. I think if all else fails, just take a break and come back to it with fresh eyes, and you might find that your work is better than you think! 

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i have tried to look at other art and tried to cope it to get a different
feel and practice out of it at the moment my mental health isn't somewhat
going good but i am trying to push through it and the school workload has
impacted on my stress as well i am struggling to focus and get it done on
time which is causing my to fall behind in my home economics along with art
in a form
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@dragon3 That is great that you have been giving it a go and exploring different options that might improve your mental health! Do you think you would find it beneficial to set specific times away from study to work on your art or other activities you enjoy? I find that by rewarding myself with an activity after I have accomplished one study task really helps me feel better. If you are struggling with your school work, do you have a teacher, friend or any one else you can turn to for some help? 

While school work is really important, it is not as important as your mental health, and if you feel you are struggling to cope it may be helpful to talk to someone you can trust (or a professional) and come up with an action plan to reduce your stress and improve your mental health. 

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i cant really do anything in class expet work otherwise i get told off for
it and i cant really talk to my teachers because they will just say thats
all they can do and at this moment i cant breath i am trying to calm down
my heart
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Hey @dragon3, sorry you're having a hard time today, did you manage to feel a bit calmer? Have you got anything planned for this afternoon? Might be nice to do something for yourself that you enjoy Heart 

 

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Hey @dragon3 

Sorry to hear about your frustration and mental health, sounds like you have a lot going on at the moment. I agree with @Hannah-RO, would be great to take some time for yourself to distress. What activities besides drawing do you enjoy that help you relax?

I do a bit of drawing myself and found that I was always my own worse critique. A lot of time goes into making a piece of art and unfortunately we pick up on every small detail which we don't like. Try to take a step back and appreciate what you have achieved, I have no doubt that you have drawn some fantastic pieces! Do you have anybody that you would like to show? I'm sure they would agree! From one artist to another, they rarely turn out as expected unfortunately, but that's ok as its part of the process Smiley Happy

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hi @dragon3 i can relate. often the drawings i want to draw i cant. so i played around with different styles. for me im good at graphic styles like like gore sort but the style of 'graphic' is like street art with bubble writing and cartoony sorts of things rather then 'realistic' drawings.
**NEVER be afraid to ask for help because you're WORTH it!**
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Everyone faces stress in their life. It is very terrible that such insignificant things can affect our health in a bad way. I really understand your condition, I was terribly nervous during my College exams and couldn't concentrate on anything at all. I hope that everything will work out for you too!

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Hey @kraimer,

Stress can really be so exhausting Smiley Sad sorry you're feeling this way and that nothing is helping. Would you feel comfortable telling us a bit more about what's going on for you? 

We're here for support Heart