I was going to have an in progress post here yesterday after working in the studio, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. I went into the studio, did some sinking, but then had a huge problem when I went to anneal my metal (I’m actually working on two different pieces that are both being sunk right now.) I just couldn’t light the torch. I had done it 15min earlier on the first piece, but when I needed to anneal the second piece something just got inside of my head.
I know this happens to athletes sometimes and it has happened to me once before, but I just got a mental block where it became impossible for me to even try to light the torch. I’ve been really stressed out lately and there’s been a lot of pressure to get as much studio time in as possible right now, so I think that this helped cause this “torch-fright” I had. Later when I started cooking dinner I felt the same way about peeling potatoes, so I know it isn’t specifically torch related, but it really bothered me.
Do you ever feel so much pressure to do something that you just shut down? Does your mind ever trick you into thinking you can’t do something? I know that I’ll be able to work in there another day (hopefully soon, but there are other things on my schedule for the next couple of days.) I just hate feeling so stressed out. What are ways that you deal with stress this time of year?