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...
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Creative Thinking

Attitudes to be creative and more innovative

"I don't see myself in terms of artifice. I see myself as a real person who chooses to live my life in an open way - artistically." Lady Gaga

How do attitudes we hold about ourselves and the world impact our creative thinking? Can we change those attitudes to be more creative?

In her research publications and book The Creativity Challenge, KH Kim describes a model and series of concepts for helping children and adults be...
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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...
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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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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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