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Self Care and Being Creative Part 2

[Continued from Part 1]

Henry RollinsMusician Henry Rollins commented about being a performer and staying healthy on road tours:

“Eating well is becoming easier on the road as more places are health conscious. Gyms are easy to find anywhere there’s electricity and traffic.

“Time is the hard part. I do my best and I learned a long time ago that without recuperative sleep, good nutrition and constant exercise, this high stress lifestyle of traveling, etc. quickly takes a toll. I just see it as a very important thing and make sure I get it done.”

From my article Taking Care of Your Creative Self.

[Henry Rollins is a musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, radio host, comedian, and activist (Wikipedia). Read about more multitalented creators like Jessica Lange, Gordon Parks, Julia Cameron, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Seymour, Natalie Portman, James Franco, Mayim Bialik, Jeff Bridges, Viggo Mortensen, David Lynch and others in article: Multitalented Creative People – an excerpt from my main book].

Katy PerryKaty Perry is another performer who reportedly is health conscious in her diet – at least mostly: note the last item.

A magazine article says that among her supposed backstage requirements for her New Year’s Eve concert in Las Vegas were: “fresh veggies at all times, two large baskets of fruit (one’s got to be tropical), dinner with a vegetarian option, all low-fat and MSG-free meals, granola, dried figs, hummus, fresh-made guacamole, whole-grain tortilla chips, and three bottles of wine.”

[What Katy Perry Eats Backstage, Women’s Health, January 6, 2014 By Alison Goldman.]

Belinda Seiger, PhD writes that she has “known many gifted women who are constantly driven to learn, to create and to be intellectually productive even while raising young children.”

From my article Motherhood and creative work.

If you are a mother who is also pursuing creative passions or developing a business, it can be a challenge to find time and ways to care for yourself, and you can push yourself too far, into depletion.

Family therapist Sarah Chana Radcliffe talks about a number of techniques for stress management and personal growth including Tapping or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), and Holosync audio CDs – a program I use regularly, and find very helpful for relaxation.

Read more in my article: Psychotherapist Sarah Chana Radcliffe on technologies for growth.

(She is also author of the book Make Yourself at Home: Family Life As a Key to Personal Growth.)

Creativity coach and psychologist Eric Maisel has written a number of books on stress and anxiety related to creative people, and says “Creating is not an energy-neutral state: it is a high energy state, with, at its healthiest, enthusiasm and not anxiety driving its engine.”

From article: Eric Maisel on the creative value of calming – which has a link to our interview about his calming technique and related book “Ten Zen Seconds.”

Lisa ByrneThe “What-if-you-chose” image at the top of Part 1 is from one of the programs by Lisa Grace Byrne of WellGrounded Life, a Holistic Health Counselor, mother and author.

She asks, “You have all the information about how to best care for yourself…why is it so hard to actually live it out?”

Learn more her program Replenish 365 – “a full year, extraordinary learning mentorship program for moms who want to lead calm, healthy, vibrant lives.”

Video: “Success Strategies for Overachieving Your Goals” – Lisa Byrne refers to her course Replenish 365.

She also writes about this video: “I put these success principles together because time after time the women who I watched make the greatest transformations in their lives all had elements of these working in their lives.”

She addresses perfectionism at the beginning – which can be one of the most significant topics for many high ability and creative people, whether or not you are a mother.

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In her book Replenish: Experience Radiant Calm and True Vitality in Your Everyday Life, Lisa Byrne writes, “I don’t want the badge of living off fumes any longer…I wanted to live from a full and replenished well. I wanted motherhood not martyrdom…I decided I was going to define for myself what I really wanted out of life.

“Cumulatively, the small extensions of care you give yourself add up to enormous returns in how you experience your health and vitality.”

Here is a video with Lisa about her book:

Byrne also hosts “The M.A.P.P. Gathering” free series of “intimate conversations with nine exceptional women around the topics of motherhood, ambition, passion and purpose: Brene Brown, Jennifer Louden, Renee Trudeau, Dr. Sara Gottfried, Pamela Slim, Jill Savage, Kelly Rae Roberts, Andrea Scher and Tsh Oxenreider.

Aren’t health and vitality essential to us for living well in general, but particularly to support being an extraordinary creator?

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Self Care and Being Creative Part 2


Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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Eby, D. (2014). Self Care and Being Creative Part 2. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 18, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2014/01/self-care-and-being-creative-part-2/

 

Last updated: 14 Jan 2014
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