Lift the lid on the stresses of life.
By Patricia J. Mosca | Posted 3/27/06 | Updated 2/15/23
How much pressure do you put on yourself?
Do you think you have to do everything perfectly? Do you think you have to be the best at something or you won’t do it at all? Do you think you have to keep up with the Joneses? Where does all this pressure come from? The best question to ask our self is WHY do I put so much pressure on myself?
Putting pressure on ourselves is a habit that took root a long time ago. We probably learned at a very young age, to strive for “THE BEST”…“THE HIGHEST.” We might have been told, “You can do better than this.” I believe everyone meant well if they said this because… truthfully, at times we can do better. But, what if we were having an off day? What if we didn’t understand what was asked of us and we felt we had to wing it? What if we did do the best we could? What if the things we do are “GOOD ENOUGH”? That’s a lot of “what if’s”! However they are all valid questions.
It is often easier to keep doing things the way we have always done them. Change can be scary and difficult at times. But when we release the pressure… for a moment… for an hour… for a day, we allow ourselves to see what we can do if we are not so hard on ourselves. We might even believe in our own creative Spirit and vision more, honoring who we are.
Try asking yourself these questions:
Looking at your work from a different perspective by releasing the pressure can help you discover:
Start releasing the pressure by having a little fun! Pick up your crayons and color your pressure cooker (print below) and answer the questions. Discovering the depth of your creativity is a wonderful and fulfilling pursuit!
Print the RELEASE THE PRESSURE journal page (PDF 65KB) to complete the prompts and lift the lid a little.
LET GO OF THE WEIGHT. RELEASE THE PRESSURE VALVE. PIVOT IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR UNIQUE CREATIVITY!
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Patricia Mosca is the author of Permission Slips, an artist, dreamer, writer, creativity coach, and a lover of life! ...