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How To Support Your Artist Friends During Emotional Lows
Because even art world giants have down days
Art Stuff 03 Sep 2019

We all go through tough times. Even the most successful people in the world have down days, and artists are no exception. The art world is hard. I mean working for a gallery, museum, art advisory or magazine is difficult enough, but imagine being an artist in the art world, most of the time you are completely alone and isolated, it’s no wonder so many artists in history had breakdowns. But hey, let’s not be all doom and gloom here. Most of us are able to pull ourselves out of the dark days and, on days when we’re really struggling, our friends – we hope at least – are there to help us feel a little better on the inside. So, if you have an arty pal who’s going through a rough patch, here are some ways to help them feel good again.
 
DON’T TALK ABOUT ART
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When times get tough, probably the last thing your artist-friend wants to do is hear or see any mention of art. Instead, talk to them about other fun things like reality TV, sport, that cute guy you have a crush on, or even what you had for dinner last night. Sometimes its good to completely disconnect in order to feel better.
 
Listen To Them


If a friend is finding things difficult, it’s usually best not to force them to spill all their problems. That said, if they do wish to confide in you, being an ear without judgment will be invaluable to your pal during this rough patch. Sometimes just being there is enough.
 
Take Them Out

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Go somewhere fun and silly. It may also be an opportunity for you to do something you rarely get the chance to. How about taking them to the beach, a concert, or maybe even bowling, something light and entertaining to keep them distracted for a little while.
 
Make Them Dinner
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Sometimes, when you’re feeling really rubbish, the last thing you want to do is actually see people, god forbid anyone tries to talk to you. So, instead of taking your artist friend out to eat, why not cook them a meal at their place instead. We’re sure they’ll appreciate the time and effort. And, if you’re a really bad cook, it’s unlikely that they’ll complain if you order them take-out. As Gore Vidal once said, the unfed mind devours itself, so why not fill your friends up with pizza and cupcakes, a happy tummy is sure to help create a happy mind.
 
Give Them A Hug
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And finally, to finish our list, give your artist friend a hug. Sure, hugs don’t solve problems, but they do make you – unless you’re a monster that is – warm and fuzzy inside, and if that feeling lasts for two minutes, it’s worth it.
 
Words by Lizzy Vartanian
Images via Tumblr, @peachesanddreamsco, @moominofficial, @simpsonsmoviereferences, @shadiebyea

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