I recently created ATCs for a swap themed “Altered Text.” Out of the four cards I made, this one seems to reflect my state of mind lately.
Initially I felt more of a tongue-in-cheek fun with it, but now it just mocks me. Self-doubt is a slippery slope for me, when it shows up in one area of my life, it quickly roots in several more–like a parasite choking out my confidence. Yesterday I felt it in my work, today it burrows deeply into my parenting.
I feel like the negative state of thoughts like these are challenges that sneak up on us and present uncertain moments and hesitation. I immediately begin to question my direction, my value, my “skills” <–see?!
So how does one snap out of it? Hmmm. Time alone works for me. Pouting. As does writing or journaling, or letting it out through angry bouts of “getting stuff done.” A quickie creative burst is always good too:
See, I’m already feeling better after sharing with you here (thanks for listening), and getting lost in the somewhat meditative process of making the black-out poem above.
I’d like to know of other ways to work through future frustrations and pity-fests, so if you have any gems to share, I’d love to hear the ones that work for you! Because I prefer more often feeling this way: