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Things We Can Learn From Banksy

Things We Can Learn From Banksy

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Banksy has often displayed an artist’s vision that puts a mirror to society. His “graffiti” or murals are on buildings all over the world–Except he doesn’t announce that he will be doing it. His identity is unknown. He works in secret and without permission, casting his shadow on the world but never showing his face to the public. His art tends to have a theme of being lighthearted, often satirical. These things we can learn from his work.

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    You are never too big to humble yourself

    There was a story about him selling paintings in Central park years ago for $60. They are being sold now for over 100,000 pounds. The man that bought the paintings was only his second customer that day. I expect the piece he sold is now being held by a very happy owner. An original Banksy would garner a large sum of money at any auction house. Banksy sold them for $60 or less that day, no one knew it was him, so he received no admiration from fans.

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      Your work will never be appreciated as much as you want it to

      What you do is up to you, and whether your work is treated with the proper respect is up to the stewards of it. Banksy has done work in Detroit before. Most of it has either been removed or destroyed. People destroying these works of art is a travesty. Selling the wall may preserve them but not for the general public, which he means his work to be displayed for. The chaos of people fighting over a wall must be delightful to him, but to see it painted over or destroyed could be hurtful.

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        Human lives are precious

        Many of his paintings have a political statement within. War is one prevailing theme that we can see from his body of work. They’re not text, but images that reveal the underlying costs of it.  The cost of waging war should not be quantified in pounds or dollars, but by the lives of the people that died to wage it.

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            You can always succeed, but first you must try

            Despite his relative mystery and the sketchy legality of his work, Banksy has become a famed artist in his own time. He has done a lot of work for free, just to get his work shown to the public. He has traveled the world to graffiti it, and rose to acclaim. No one would have thought vandalizing private properties throughout Europe and the United States would have led the artist to star in shows in prestigious galleries. Who would have guessed that when he began painting on the sides of buildings people would tear down walls just to own his work?

            Walk to the beat of your own drum

            If Banksy didn’t do more work after his first was taken down there would be no grand murals or Dismaland, a gallery for his work of his own design. Whether Banksy was rejected by the establishment, or just didn’t agree with it he took to the streets to paint the town his own color. He made a statement that was anti-establishment and often illegal. Bansky is the bad boy of artists, and he took his career in his own hand when he broke the law to show the world what he could do. Be bold, dare to achieve.

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              You will find that life is surreal

              No one ever said it would be easy to traverse the gaps you will need to cross. No one said there was a road map to life. You will need to fit a square peg into a round hole. At times you might find yourself flying a refrigerator on a string, figuratively. Sometimes however, the hardest things in life are the most fun. Fly your appliances high!

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                Growing up happens, heartbreak is expected

                Though the young at heart will hold on and despair at their lost love, it may not have been meant to be. Very few people don’t experience this kind of loss. It may be cynical to think that is happens to people so young, but hasn’t the other sex made you feel that young?

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                  Featured photo credit: Banksy via media.photobucket.com

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                  Had a Bad Day? 7 Ways to Rebound From It and Feel Good Again

                  Had a Bad Day? 7 Ways to Rebound From It and Feel Good Again

                  Today didn’t turn out as you planned, but it doesn’t mean you’re weak. It simply means that you’re human, and you’re not bad just because you had a bad day.

                  “Not everyday is a good day but there is something good in every day.” -Alice Morse Earle

                  It’s not the end of the world when you find yourself thinking “I had a bad day,” but it can feel like it. You may have had plans that fell apart, experiences that set you back, and interactions that only did harm.

                  You may have started the day thinking you could take on it all, only to find you could hardly get out of bed. When you have a bad day, you can forget to look at the good.

                  Sometimes, self-care helps us to remember why we are worth it. It helps us to recharge and reset our mindset. It helps us to know that there are still options and that the day isn’t over yet.

                  Love yourself today, no matter how hard it’s been. That’s the way to find yourself amidst the hardships you have. That’s how you center yourself and regain focus and live a more meaningful life. Give yourself some credit and compassion.

                  Here are 7 ways to rebound from a bad day using self-compassion as a tool. If you had a bad day, these are for you!

                  1. Make a Gratitude List

                  In a study on gratitude, psychologists Dr. Robert A Emmons and Dr. Michael E. McCullough conducted an experiment where one group of people wrote out gratitude lists for ten weeks while another group wrote about irritations. The study found that the group that wrote about gratitude reported more optimistic mindsets in their lives[1].

                  Overall, having a gratitude list improved well-being and made one truly grateful by counting the blessings in their lives.

                  Write a list of what you are grateful for if you had a bad day. Make it as long as you like, but also remember to note why you’re grateful for each thing you write.

                  What has given you the most joy? What has set you up for better days? Keep a tally of triumphs in mind, especially when you do have the bad days.

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                  The day doesn’t define you, and you still have things of value that surround you. These could be material things, spiritual connections and experiences, relationships, basic needs, emotional and mental well-being, physical health, progress towards hopes and dreams, or simply being alive.

                  Here are some other simple ways to practice gratitude.

                  2. Write in a Journal

                  Journaling affects your overall mental health, which also affects physical health and aids in the management of stress, depression, anxiety, and more[2].

                  All you need is a pen and paper, or you could do an online, password-protected journal such as Penzu. The key is to get started and not pressure yourself on how polished or perfect it is. You don’t need to have prior experience to start journal writing. Just start.

                  Write out everything that is bothering you for 15 minutes. This helps with rumination, processing problems, and can even aid with brainstorming solutions.

                  However you approach it, you can find patterns of thinking that no longer serve you and start to transform your overall mental state. This will impact all areas of your life and is a great coping skill.

                  3. Meditate

                  Meditation can help you overcome negative thought patterns, worrying about the future, dwelling on the past, or struggling to overcome a bad day[3]. It shifts your mentality and helps you focus on the present or any one thing you truly want to focus on.

                  Here is an example of a meditation you can do:

                  Get into a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Rest your body, release tension, and unclench your jaw. Tighten and release each muscle group in a body scan for progressive muscle relaxation.

                  Focus on your breath, taking a few deep breaths. Let your belly expand when you breathe in for diaphragmatic breathing. Empty yourself completely of air, then return to normal breathing.

                  Next, focus on the idea of self-love and let it erase negative thoughts. Think about the ways you’ve been judging yourself, with the narratives coming up that your mind may create.

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                  Give yourself unconditional love and release judgment. Take your time meditating on this because you matter. This is particularly important if you had a bad day.

                  Check out this article for more on how to get started with a meditation practice.

                  4. Do Child’s Pose

                  Yoga Outlet says:

                  “Child’s Pose is a simple way to calm your mind, slow your breath, and restore a feeling of peace and safety. Practicing the pose before bedtime can help to release the worries of the day. Practicing in the morning can you help transition from sleeping to waking.”[4]

                  When you do Child’s Pose, it can be between difficult positions in yoga, or it can be anytime you feel you need a rest. It helps you recover from difficulties and relax the mind.

                  It also has the physical health benefits of elongating your back, opening your hips, and helping with digestion[5].

                  To do Child’s Pose, rest your buttocks back on your feet, knees on the floor. Elongate your body over your knees with both arms extended or tucked back, with head and neck resting on the floor[6].

                  Had a bad day? Try Child's Pose.

                     

                    Do this pose as a gift to yourself. You are allowing yourself to heal, rest, get time for yourself, recover, and recharge. When you’ve had a bad day, it’s there waiting for you.

                    5. Try Positive Self-Talk

                    Engage in positive self-talk. This is essentially choosing your thoughts.

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                    When you have a negative thought, such as “I can’t do this,” replace it consciously with the thought “I can do this.” Give yourself positive affirmations to help with this.

                    Negative self-talk fits into four general categories: personalizing or blaming yourself, magnifying or only focusing on the negative, catastrophizing or expecting the worst to happen, and polarizing or only seeing back and white[7].

                    When you stop blaming yourself for everything and start focusing on the positive, expecting things to work out, and seeing the areas of grey in life, you reverse these negative mindsets and engage in positive self-talk.

                    When you speak words of kindness to yourself, your brain responds with a more positive attitude. That attitude will affect everything you do. It’s how you take care of yourself if you had a bad day.

                    Check in with yourself to know when you are having negative self-talk. Are you seeing patterns? When did they start to become a problem? Are you able to turn these thoughts around?

                    6. Use Coping Skills and Take a Break

                    Use your coping skills. This means not letting your thoughts take control of yourself.

                    You can distract yourself and escape a bit. Do things you love. You can exercise, listen to music, dance, volunteer or help someone, be in nature, or read a book.

                    It isn’t about repression. It’s about redirection. You can’t stay in thoughts that are no longer working for you.

                    Sometimes, it’s okay to get out of your own way. Give yourself a break from the things going on in your head. You can always come back to a problem later. This may even help you figure out the best course of action as sometimes stepping away is the only way to see the solution.

                    If you had a bad day, you may not feel like addressing what went wrong. You may need a break, so take one.

                    7. If a Bad Day Turns Into Bad Days

                    “I believe depression is legitimate. But I also believe that if you don’t exercise, eat nutritious food, get sunlight, get enough sleep, consume positive material, surround yourself with support, then you aren’t giving yourself a fighting chance.” –Jim Carrey

                    If you’ve been feeling out of control, depressed, or unstable for more than a few weeks, it’s time to call a mental health professional. This is not because you have failed in any way. It’s because you are human, and you simply need help.

                    You may not be able to quickly rebound from a bad day, and that’s fine. Feel what you feel, but don’t let it consume you.

                    When you talk to a professional, share the techniques that you have already tried here and whether they were helpful. They may tell you additional ideas or gain insights from your struggles of not being able to rebound from a series of bad days.

                    If you’re having more than just a bad day, they will want to know. If you don’t have the answers, that’s okay, too. You just need to try these tools and figure out how you’re feeling. That’s all that’s required of you.

                    Keep taking care of yourself. Any progress is progress, no matter how small. Give yourself a chance to get better by reaching out.

                    Final Thoughts

                    If you had a bad day, don’t let it stop you.

                    Know this: It’s okay not to be okay. You have a right to feel what you feel. But there is something you can do about it.

                    You can invest in yourself via self-care.

                    You are not alone in this. Everyone has bad days from time to time. You just need to know that you are the positive things you tell yourself.

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