Kerry Spills a Rainbow
Why Anxiety Can Lead to Extreme Clumsiness
Kerry Irvine is -quite simply- the clumsiest person I know! Of course Kerry is just a Klutz and we’ve learnt to live with her and move anything potentially dangerous from her path as she careers around the studio like a human pinball!
But is clumsiness, in some cases, a sign of another problem?
Anxiety And Stress
"Coordination of the body is an extremely complicated process that involves input from both motor and sensory systems," explains Taylor Harrison, MD, clinical instructor in the neuromuscular division of the Emory University department of neurology in Atlanta.
Avoiding stress if you're a Tattooist
How to relieve stress if you are a tattooist.
It takes years of patience and determination to just get ok at it! 90% of artists put in 60 hours a week to make average pay. You have to be willing to let your life revolve around it. Your family will suffer sometimes because of your travel and travel commitments to conventions and guest spots etc. The failure rate is also immense. When you think about it for more than a second it’s pretty overwhelming. So I don’t think that it should come as a surprise that a lot of us suffer from anxiety.
The best thing to do is make sure that you're using strategies that make it harder for you to focus on your anxieties, so that being clumsy is less likely.
Over the years I’ve had full blown panic attacks at shows (which is why you’ll often see me wearing headphones under a hoody!) and I constantly have to monitor my drinking in order to make sure I don’t slip down that slope into addiction. If you find yourself reading this, read on I’ve got some advice for you based on ten years of travelling and tattooing that might help.
So, How do we Cope?
Here are my top five ways to relieve stress if you are a tattooist.
Don’t over commit.
Whether in your personal or professional life, learn your limits and set boundaries. Know when to say, “No!” Don’t take on more than you can reasonably handle.
Practice relaxation techniques.
Techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response—a state of restfulness opposite of the stress response. Deep breathing is a relaxation technique that can be very helpful for controlling anxiety and reducing some of the symptoms that can create extreme clumsiness.
Exercise itself is actually known to be highly beneficial for anxiety, because it is linked to neurotransmitters that improve mood, tire muscles for reduced anxiety symptoms, and burn away stress hormones
Practice positive thinking.
How you think can have a profound effect on your emotional and physical well-being. People who maintain a positive attitude and practice positive thinking experience less stress than those who are pessimistic and negative.
Don’t try to control the uncontrollable.
Many things in life are beyond our control, including the behavior of other people. Rather than stressing out over them, focus on the things you can control, such as how you should respond to them.
Don't just read this
I’m a tattooist and not a doctor. If you’re struggling and really want to know how to relieve stress if you are a tattooist, talk to someone and get a professional opinion. Please.