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Reducing Stress Levels

by Lori Woodward Simons on 9/29/2009 9:08:14 AM

Today's Post is by Lori Woodward Simons, Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews.  Find out how you can be a guest author.

I've read my share of books written by life coaches. I've gained useful advice from each of them. But one day not too long ago, it occurred to me that if I concentrate on reducing the number of events that normally stress me out, I don't need detailed "to do" lists.

Be Aware of What Stresses You the Most

For example, today - instead of listing everything I need to get done in the next few weeks on paper, I asked myself, "What can I do today to make my life less stressful tomorrow?" The answers come easily. I have to be prepared to leave the house at 7:00 am tomorrow with all my painting supplies packed in the car. If ignore that fact today, I'll have to rise very early and pack under duress - which will make me frustrated (when I can't find something), overly tired, and ultimately late for the plein air event. By the time I arrive there, I'll have a smile on my face, but I won't feel settled enough to focus on painting.

When I'm really on top of things, I ask myself "What can I do today to reduce stress next week?" Well... I can write my blogs a week ahead (which is what I'm doing right now). Of course, I can't do everything in the course of one day, but I can do a bit of this and that, in order to reduce the pile of pending tasks that will certainly become high priority responsibilities by next week.

Stop Playing Catchup

Problem is - I'm playing catch up today for what I didn't get done yesterday, so how can I possibly address any of the items that are in the queue for next week or even next month? I can't... so I'm not only stressed out, but I'm angry with myself for not being in control of my workload. I feel irresponsible.

Am I irresponsible? Not really; I just feel that way when my life's tasks take control of my time instead of the other way around. I'm the one who needs to be in control - not tossed around like a wave at sea. And even though I am in control enough to pull everything off pretty well, I'm way too stressed out about it to enjoy going about my work.

I Can't Fill All Life's Roles With Equal Effort

We live in a busy, busy world. We fill so many roles; sometimes we forget which ones we are acting out at any particular moment. Today, I am a housewife, author, Twitterholic, errand runner, food prep, and blog writer. It's too late for me to whittle down my stress level today, but I can do something today to ensure that tomorrow is less stressful.

What things are likely to cause me the most stress in the next couple of days?

1. Not having my art supplies organized and packed.
2. No clean clothes for the weekend.
3. Not knowing if there's enough in my checking account to auto pay my pending Visa bill.
4. Text and captions not finished for Workshop Magazine Article.
5. Deadline for art submission to gallery show
6. Nothing to eat in the house
7. Faucet dripping and needing to be fixed.

Your list is likely to be completely different than mine. Now I can assign a "stress value" to each of the things listed above. The one that will cause me the most embarrassment - not meeting my deadline for an article. Failing to meet deadlines is way up there on the stress scale for me. Not having my art supplies ready for Putney won't embarrass me, but it'll put me in a tizzy before I even arrive. Having no idea if my checking account is stocked with enough to pay my Visa should bother me way more than it does. I'm not the best bookkeeper. Still, not knowing will weigh on my mind and distract me from what I need to focus on.

The faucet dripping is not a big deal - until one day when it does more than drip. Clean clothes: As long as they don't smell...  Food and dinner? Order out - Chinese or Pizza?

Running a business and simultaneously juggling life's responsibilities is no small task. The hardest part is that it takes considerable focus to get into "the painting zone"... when my mind is distracted by the balls I let drop. That's when "overwhelmed" sets in.

So let me get back to the original premise: What can I do today, to reduce stress tomorrow, next week and next month? When I've answered these questions with clarity, those answers are all I need "to do". I'm not putting down lists, but knowing what events cause me undue stress, helps me to triage my tasks.


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Cindy Haase
I love this article...I soooooo relate to it. Thanks for the the "do something today to reduce your stress for tomorrow".

Clint Watson
Now if only I could figure out how to do something tomorrow to reduce my stress for today....

Mary Buergin
Hi Lori...I always enjoy your articles, but this one is particularly helpful to me. I especially like the concept of doing what I can today to reduce my stress level tomorrow. Seems I never think that far ahead, just always trying to do what I need to do NOW! Thanks very much for this article.

Kirsty Hall
This was the perfect thing for me to hear today. I just worked out that my goal for the next year is to work out how to have a sustainable art career with a good work/life balance. I'm starting to realise that means letting go of a lot of self-imposed tasks - I simply CAN'T do it all and stay healthy, focused and happy.

Sharon Weaver
I am not stressed even though I started a commission painting this week. After posting that fact on my Facebook page I got responses from several artists that were all negative. They related some bad experiences with commissions. I could get stressed but that would only make the work more difficult. I think how we react to stress is half the battle. Then again maybe ignorance is sometimes bliss.

Lori Woodward Simons

Hey why get stressed just coz other people do!

One of my major stressors: packing for a trip. I keep telling myself it's silly, but that's the way it works.

I also get nervous when I have to talk on the phone, but I can speak in front of hundreds of people without any nervousness at all. Guess we're all different, eh?

Clint Watson
Packing is a huge pain - it stresses me out too. I guess you could pack today so it doesn't stress you out tomorrow :-)

Lori Woodward Simons
Clint, LOL you are in funny mood today!

I think it stresses me out because I suddenly realize that all my clothes have paint on them - nothing nice to wear to art openings, parties and nice restaurants.

I am a woman who actually dislikes shopping.

Lee McVey
Lori's article is very timely for me too, since I've been feeling very stressed by all there is to do. I enjoy making lists and keeping track of what I have accomplished. Often my to do lists are longer than what can realistically be done. This is when it's helpful for me to remember almost everything on my list is something I chose to make important to do. I'm the one who decided to get involved in so many projects, no one made me. Somehow, this helps put things into a better perspective for me.

Ruth Soller
I think you hit the nail on the head with your idea to attack the items that will reduce your level of stress tomorrow, next week, or next month. As a full-time artist also dealing with fibromyalgia, I must battle pain and fatigue as I carry out my various roles. I have found it helpful to work on keeping my body and spirit healthy by daily morning walking combined with prayer. I'm very excited to be planning to attend and exhibit in the Florence Biennial International Contemporary Art Exhibition in Florence, Italy this December 5th to 13th. To prepare my body for extra stresses of travel and much walking during the trip, I am building strength by water aerobics classes. I find that excercise reduces stress and anxiety while releasing endorphins which help us to feel good immediately. Hopefully there will be long term benefits as well.
Thank you for your articles.

Tony Stencel
Stress- interesting concept regarding art. Here's my take on stress regarding art, family and committments-take it for what it's worth.
1.) I'm a combat artist with the United States Air Force Art Program. I've been sent to Biloxi, MS 2 days after Hurricane Katrina and have walked through minefields in Afghanistan. This is stress.
2.) I have 3 children 4-9-12. I'm 50 and work out of the house and have deadlines. The youngest has severe breathing problems, so when she gets sick, guess who drops everything? This is stress.
3.) Stress is relative. Stress is what you make of it, or take from it.

Jennie Rosenbaum
Thankyou Lori for this timely article. this is the first stress reduction article I've read that actually may help me! Personally I always feel like I am playing catchup because I keep changing the goalposts - my to do list is never finished.

To do lists don't seem to work with me. I add to them, and add, and add, then start ignoring the tasks, postponing them, deleting them. It's very satisfying to check things off but I keep talking myself out of doing things, then they don't get done and they cause me stress. it's not just procrastination, but I never seem to do things until the last minute.

Like Ruth, I am a chronic pain patient as well and there are times when I cannot work on my to do's - even if it's urgent. other times I may be in the throes of inspiration or having a good painting jag - and I'm certainly not going to stop that to work on my to do list!

it strikes me that your system is very suitable for both situations. Perhaps your way of looking at things will help me to stop waiting until the last minute - when I may not be able to do anything - and actually work ahead. my system certainly isn't working for me!

Melicia Evans
What I like about your article is it focuses on what I 'can' do. We have a number of stresses that we can do nothing about. Thank you for a realistic stress help tip.

Lori Woodward Simons
Just catching up. Wow.. I had a hugely stressful week after writing this post. One of the reasons why I was stressed - because I took on work that didn't take advantage of my personal gifts.
It's not that I couldn't do the assignment well, but I'm better off sticking to doing what takes my artistic assets into consideration.

Learned a lot about myself last week.

Spencer Meagher
Organization is the key to success in most arenas of life. You mention packing the car the night before the paint out. My problem with that is the next morning I would wonder what I might have left out and have to look through everything I packed. That would be my hang up.


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