Creativity

Using Creativity to Cope with Stress

Stress is tension. Strain. An unease. A ripple---or a 50-foot wave---in the body's normally calm waters. I like to think of stress as suitcases: different-sized luggage, from a laptop bag to a 30-inch suitcase. Because the word "stress" is a broad term that encompasses all sorts of concerns, sensations and reactions that require all sorts of methods, strategies and solutions. Which is why it's helpful to have a collection of coping tools and techniques...
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Creativity

The Power of Journaling—and How You Can Start

Laurie Blackwell has been journaling for more than 40 years. A creative journal guide and teacher, Laurie believes that journaling has kept her “sane, whole and focused through the good and not-so-good moments.” She sees journaling as an essential part of self-care, spiritual peace, and personal growth.

“Your journal can be a container for your soul, a safe place to store your thoughts so you don’t have to always lug them around with you,”...
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Books

Do You Need a Pause?


Did you once love your job but now loathe it? Do you feel burnt out? Did you recently receive a poor performance review or some other negative feedback at work? Do you spend too much time with technology? Does your family feel like they are competing for your attention (because you’re always on your phone or computer)? Have you been through a major life event, change or challenge? Are you contemplating a new...
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Creativity

How I Create: Q&A with Creativity Coach Cynthia Morris



"I’ve learned that every thing we make makes us. We gain things from making and completing works that we can’t get any other way. Confidence. Energy. Renewed hope." These are the beautiful words of Cynthia Morris, a certified coach who works with writers, artists and entrepreneurs (from a post entitled "Surprises Await You in Your Creative Work").

Today, I'm happy to feature Cynthia in our monthly interview series, "How I Create." Cynthia also leads creativity...
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Creativity Obstacles

How to Center Yourself When You’re Overwhelmed

When I'm overwhelmed---whether it's a work project or an anxiety-provoking situation---one of the best things I can do is to ask myself questions. For me, this is the best way to shrink my stress and make it more manageable. It's the best way I can transform a big, hairy monster into a cranky mouse, maybe even an ant. Questions help us dig deeper into an issue and gain a better understanding. They help us put a...
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