Model horses are supposed to be fun right? So why does it sometimes feel so stressful? As with any hobby model horses can consume your whole life if you let them, so here are some of my top tips to help you relax from model horses and take back control!
1. Stay organised
It's really important whatever you are doing with your models that you stay organised, just like everything else in life. I always remember a teacher at school saying "I know if I just spent a few minutes tidying my desk at the end of each day it wouldn't get messy but instead I leave it for 2 months and then have to spend 4 hours doing it". The same goes for model horses.
Make a little time each day to keep on top of things and you won't feel so overwhelmed.
2. Take time off
Make sure to take some time off from the hobby now and again. Utilise the winter break from showing to get organised. Having time off will also make you miss the bits about the hobby you love. If you think it's all getting too much then don't be afraid to walk away for a bit, there is no harm in having a break, we'll all still be here when you get back.
3. Stay away from Facebook drama
OK so we all like to get the popcorn out occasionally but all that negativity can wear you down. This goes for most things in life really. If you have really negative people on your timeline then hide them, you'll feel a lot better for it and be able to focus on the positives.
4. Stay positive!
Things aren't that bad and although sometimes crap happens and you have a bad day you'll also have loads of amazing times in the model horse hobby. If you are feel run down then focus on something positive and good. Constantly moaning won't get you anywhere and will just reinforce that negative mood! Maybe try out something new or read some funny blog posts, you could even create your own little photo story to amuse yourself and others.
5. Remember....it's a hobby!
Model horses are not the be all and end all of everything and afterall it's just a bit of fun really (although some people may not make it feel that way). If it's making you stressed out then step back, re-evaluate and think about what you want. Try and identify the causes of those negative feelings and remove them. It may be putting away that stressful project, blocking that nasty Facebook person or taking a few months off from showing.