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There are times when everything goes well, but sometimes It's so easy to let those thoughts (whether caused by fear, life, problems etc.) to overcome your wilingness to do anything. So we let ourselves to get distracted, even though that's not what we really want to do. It's just easier. But we should not let overthinking to stand in our way.  




 if you are having a bad day, take a look at this.

I guess i found my most favorite gif..


People do tend to overthink all the time. Worrying about unimportant things, while doing nothing about solving actual problems. If there is anything that you think constantly about, that needs to be done - don't put it away till the later. It will only get worse. So often do we regret our decisions in the past, yet we are the only ones who can impact our future. 

People also crave for distractions. That's why probably social media sites are so popular these days. Watching youtube videos all day - It's inspiring to see how other people get successful by being themselves and making great things, although we have our own lifes to make wonderful. Spending all day beside the screen, clicking on next videos, trying to find something to distract our minds - the same with tv series, movies, games - people tend to get so dedicated to unreal things, to care more about fictional characters than themselves. 

I'm myself quite fangirl, but I try to spend less time on such things I mentioned. It's not easy, I still tend to *accidentally* watch tv shows by seasons in couple of days or scroll through tumblr for lovely gifs. But It's necessary to stay focused on things that matter. To not let procrastination take over all the time and then feeling guilty about that. 

There are also those negative thoughts and anxiety - feeling of not being productive enough, that everything is a waste of time. That's why having a clear goal is so important. The reason why you make art. What is meaningful to you. That's how you get inspired, that's what let's you to be productive... I once asked an artist on livestream how he kept himself motivated and he told me that It's just what he does - he keeps on working. But you know .. you shouldn't feel bad about that you feel not in the mood to create all the time, because It's a struggle for a lot of other artists. There are times of artists blocks and wanting to give up, inner doubts - those are things that people usually don't talk about, or think they don't happen to real artists.

But they do. 
We all are humble, we all are. 

We have to remind ourselves that we are not alone and that nobody is perfect, and that through dedication and persistence we can keep going forward, so 

  • Do not let negativity and depressing thoughts stay in your way. 
  • Don't let bad habits impact your life. 
  • Don't let way too high or low expectations to prevent you from doing your best.
  • Don't let overthinking stay in your way of doing actual work.
  • Don't let memories of past to influence your future.
Well, as cheezy as it may sound - the best way to defeat overthinking is just by doing something about it. 
Write those thoughts out, get them out of your mind. Take a break. 
Turn off the computer, sketch something, take a large paintbrush and put your worries on paper. 
Get off social media for a while, stop worrying way too much about likes and popularity, make an artworks that you really love to make, that have a story and what resonates with you. 
Don't assume that you will fail, you may never know what may happen, so just let go of that negativity and move forward on making your dreams come true

So, how about you - what are your thoughts/tips about overthinking? 

This week I found some lovely resources - an inspiring blog posts about the topic - Stop Overthinking It by noahbradleyDon't Overthink It: 5 Tips for Daily Decision-Making by 99u (Jocelyn K. Glei), 9 Ways To Stop Overthinking Everything and Why Overthinking Is The Root Of All Your Problems . :) 
Also a blog with so many amazing links of resourcful posts/websites/information, tumblr blog about workspaces and tools of other artists, this inspiring journal post by Yuuzathis huge list of free art related books and a video about wrist exercises that are so extremely important for your drawing hand - I recently been struggling with some wrist paint (bit overworked with studies and such), but taking breaks and doing these stretches really have helped a lot, so I would absolutely reccomend to watch this video and follow those exercises. :) 

P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on  and weekly 8 songs playlist. :) 

Have a wonderful week!

“sometimes we need to stop analyzing the past .. stop planning the future .. stop trying to figure out precisely how we feel .. stop deciding with our mind what we want our heart to feel and sometimes we just have to go with "whatever..happens..happens"
- unknown
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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I knew that someday I'd want pierced ears and if I ever spent some time to think about how uncomfortable it would be, I wouldn't do it. So the three times I got my ears pierced, it was alllll impulse. The first was easy, just one piercing in my upper ear. The next two not so easy, I got my lower lobes done and those are done in pairs. I had time to think how dumb my decision was while she was reloading the gun. :XD:

My biggest issue is phone calls. There are one or two people that can pop up on my phone that doesn't send my stomach into a series of knots. I hate hearing the phone ring any other time, and I'll do just about anything to get out of them. (LOTS of bad experience with phone calls.) I've got a business call I have to place within an hour that I'm dreading even though the guy was very nice last time, has been great to work with, and it should be a routine "finish this order" kind of call. Still don't wanna do it. The only way I can do these kind of things is to just set some events in motion that require it to be dealt with, like going to see my grandmother so she can watch the baby so I can make the call. Reverse guilt-tripping myself. Can't deny grandma time with the great-grandbaby because I'm chicken.

Art wise, eh, no worries. I know I'm not going to be at the skill I want for many more years, but I know so long as I keep poking, prodding, tweaking, and relaxing, I'll get there. No need to over think or be impulsive unless the mood hits me. Some works are better on a whim, some I like to let simmer for a while. =)
Leslienflip Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Right on!
I needed to hear this.
ASKFreakness Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think I overthink; I think I'm just really paranoid. Still, that doesn't make up my laziness for everything I have done so far in my life. And I'm not very proud of it. However, it would be really nice to get away from reality for a bit, where no one bother you...
Yui-Chikako Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
I'm much of an overthinker too. I worry about panels, the camera shot, how I am to put it and edit and a lot of other things... But then music blows it all away~~
Sozo-Teki Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
If you dont mind, I want to link this to my steam profile so sfm artist and gmodders can read this that you made. 
snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aw, thank you - that would be awesome. :) 
lightfaith0606 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
This is very helpful! Lately I've been overthinking and now these tips have influenced me. Thank you for this! ^-^
MichibanCupcakes Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is something I've definitely been thinking about myself lately (as silly as that sounds since this topic is about overthinking)

But indeed, discovering that getting past the getting started part can do miracles :)
Good luck all of you!! ♥
fitzml Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this post; it's so helpful.  I have a huge tendency to overthink things to the point of paralysis: what if I never get another new idea?  what if all the good ideas are already taken? what if this, what if that?  Then I watch You Tube videos or read endless news feeds for distraction.  It's a vicious cycle.  But I'm finding if I just get started doing something - anything, other activities tend to follow.  For instance, even if I'm not actually drawing or painting, I'll start cleaning the house and ideas will start coming.  I'll never understand why getting started is so hard, though.
DalasKD Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
I have been "lost" for nearly half a year now. I have felt like I have no drive for anything and my art is lacking.. or rather nonexistent. But, this has definitely helped me, I think. I just need to keep moving forward and continue drawing. Even if it's just little doodles, who knows? Maybe It will lead to my next big art piece. :)
Thank you very much!
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