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Anxiety

Dealing with stress – especially when you’re highly sensitive

"I love the atmosphere at the mall - everything about Christmas." Actor, musician Drake Bell I don't like holidays. And I don't like crowds of people. I don't like noise." Writer, cartoonist Roz Chast Of course, there is no "season" for stress - but holidays can be more stressful and challenging, especially when we are highly sensitive. What are these seasons like for you? Do you feel overwhelmed more often? Here are some ideas of what you can do to take care of your health and emotional balance.
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Anxiety

Emotional Health, Waves and Creativity

"A wonderful emotion to get things moving when one is stuck is anger. It was anger more than anything else that had set me off, roused me into productivity and creativity." Mary Garden (Scottish musician, via brainyquote.) As creative people, we may experience emotions very deeply and intensely, and feel at times we need to shut off or escape from some of them. But those feelings can also fuel creative work, as many artists know.
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Consciousness

Can We Benefit From Sadness?

As musician Alanis Morissette points out, “We’re taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they’re of equal value as happiness, excitement and inspiration.” The image is the character 'Sadness' in the wonderful movie Inside Out, which portrays how we can make positive use of all our emotions.
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Anxiety

Does Stress Fuel or Hijack Creativity?

Depending on how we look at it, stress can both stimulate and disrupt creativity. Many artists may use stressful situations and emotional turmoil in their creative work, but stress and emotions such as anxiety can interfere with creative thinking. Musicians including John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and many others have created "break-up" songs.
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Anxiety

Creative Professionals Need To Relieve Stress

As a creative person, you may be especially sensitive and vulnerable to sensations and feelings. As a creative professional, your work may be one of the most deeply satisfying parts of your life, but can also be so physically and emotionally challenging that you suffer from anxiety and stress. Creativity coach, author and psychologist Eric Maisel writes about how the creative life can be an ongoing source of stress – if we interpret or frame it as such.
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Consciousness

Emotional Intelligence To Be Creative – Part 3

What emotions and thinking may hold us back from being more creative? The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence article "Creativity, Emotions and the Arts" quoted in Part 2 talks about students holding back from being creative out of concerns "that people might think original ideas are silly" - but this kind of retreating from creative work can apply to us at any age. An example might be Joss Whedon - one of my favorite artists, who has credits as actor, writer, producer and director of movies and TV shows including Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. etc etc.
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Developing Creativity

Emotional Intelligence To Be Creative – Part 2

Continuing her remarks for the Emotion Revolution Summit at Yale [see Part 1], Lady Gaga noted some of the approaches she has explored to deal with her anxiety and depression, and to enhance her emotional health: "I take anti-depressant medication for it. I have tried to get off of it my doctor always tells me not to, that it's not safe for me to. "Whenever I've tried to I've gotten very neurotic, manic, sick so I have had to study all different types of ways... I started looking into Ayurvedic medicine. I started looking into meditation.
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