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Anxiety can strike anyone

Anxiety can strike anyone

Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Bertil Hjert: He thought it was just stress, he had a huge presentation to prepare for but that was last month and he was still ill tempered even though his responsibilities were not as demanding currently. His girlfriend teased him constantly that she wasn’t the only one […]

Anxiety relief: Energy Psychiatrist Judith Orloff on Emotional Freedom

Anxiety relief: Energy Psychiatrist Judith Orloff on Emotional Freedom

Psychiatrist Judith Orloff says one of the reasons creative people may be vulnerable to anxiety is “They are extremely sensitive.. they are very finely tuned and open to all kinds of energies from the outside, so it’s important they protect themselves and not be overwhelmed.” She notes, “People need immediate relief for anxiety; they don’t […]

Eric Maisel on emotional mastery

Eric Maisel on emotional mastery

Psychologist and creativity coach Eric Maisel comments: “Mindfulness includes minding your emotions. If you know it will rile you to re-read that curt email from that literary agent, delete it. What are you saving it for? Become someone who is able to mind her emotions… “You get angry, you get envious, you get depressed. You […]

The Lizard Brain and the Resistance

The Lizard Brain and the Resistance

The triune brain model of the nervous system (to simplify it) says we have a reptilian complex as the most “primitive” part of our brain, plus the limbic system and the neocortex. In his article The Evolution of Anxiety, Rich Presta explains that the amygdala is part of the “reptilian brain” – “because it’s been […]

27 Tips For Navigating College As a Highly Sensitive Person

27 Tips For Navigating College As a Highly Sensitive Person

In her article, 27 Tips For Navigating College As a Highly Sensitive Person, Andrea Runyan discusses how sensitive students can manage the stresses of housing, emotional life, parties, eating, studying, professors and friends. “College is a crucial time in life and doing well, both in classes and in general life, can have large ramifications for […]

Distracting ourselves from creative work

Distracting ourselves from creative work

“To begin…To begin…How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think…” That is writer ‘Charlie Kaufman’ [played by Nicolas Cage] in the movie “Adaptation” – written by the real screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. It’s a great film about the kinds of insecurities, anxieties and distractions that can so often beset creative […]

Hypnotherapy for anxiety and personal development

Hypnotherapy for anxiety and personal development

Does hypnosis work? There is a wealth of research and clinical experience to confirm it as an effective part of psychotherapy, and as a self-help approach that can relieve many physical and emotional challenges, and enhance personal growth. “Look Into My Eyes: You Are Feeling Sleepy.” There are many myths about hypnosis, promoted in stage […]

Stage Fright and Fear of Public Speaking

Stage Fright and Fear of Public Speaking

Many actors, musicians and other entertainers report they experience stage fright. But making a speech or public presentation can also produce so much performance anxiety you aren’t able to express your personality and creative ideas as well as you could without the fear, in more control of your emotions. Or you don’t even attempt something […]

Time to cut down on shopping in the physical world?

Time to cut down on shopping in the physical world?

If you are among the twenty percent or so of us who are highly sensitive, you may find holiday shopping scenes less and less appealing, and more stressful. Thanks to Google alerts for “highly sensitive people” I found this stimulating post on the topic, from The Highly Sensitive Christian blog. Here is an excerpt: Six […]

Relieving anxiety: Slow down, you do too much

Relieving anxiety: Slow down, you do too much

Trying to keep too many projects going at once – doing too much multitasking – is not only likely to decrease our real productivity, but also increase stress and anxiety. As Laurie A. Sheppard writes in her article Curse of the Creatives: “If you feel driven, yet overwhelmed by the many diverse life goals you’re […]

All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep

All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep

James T. Webb, Ph.D. writes: “It has been my experience that gifted and talented persons are more likely to experience a type of depression referred to as existential depression.  “Although an episode of existential depression may be precipitated in anyone by a major loss or the threat of a loss which highlights the transient nature […]

Alan Alda on being a nervous wreck - and liking it

Alan Alda on being a nervous wreck – and liking it

“Fear can make you come up with strengths you didn’t know you had.” Alan Alda explains the very real value of fear in his article How to Be a Nervous Wreck: “There is a certain fear for me in acting, and it happens much earlier than opening night: it’s when I’m in a chair, reading […]

Nicole Kidman: "I'm drawn to what I'm scared of."

Nicole Kidman: “I’m drawn to what I’m scared of.”

In a movie, Nicole Kidman portrayed war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, the third wife of novelist Ernest Hemingway. Talking about the project, and her work in general, Kidman said she loved Gellhorn’s persistence, determination and courage, and that she is “drawn to what I’m scared of. “I’m never going to let fear dominate my life. Many […]

Mindfulness training to enhance mood and memory

Mindfulness training to enhance mood and memory

A University of Pennsylvania-led study in which training was provided to a high-stress U.S. military group preparing for deployment to Iraq has demonstrated a positive link between mindfulness training, or MT, and improvements in mood and working memory. Mindfulness is the ability to be aware and attentive of the present moment without emotional reactivity or […]

Anxiety Erodes Attention and Academic Performance

Anxiety Erodes Attention and Academic Performance

ScienceDaily — “The effect of anxiety on academic performance is not always obvious but new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council suggests that there may be hidden costs. “The research found that anxious individuals find it harder to avoid distractions and take more time to turn their attention from one task to […]

Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health

Creative People, Trauma and Mental Health

Pretty much all of us experience some kind of trauma in life. How does creative expression help people deal with it? How do people make use of traumatic experiences in their creative work? What impacts on mental health can trauma have, and how can people regain mental and emotional health? Trauma takes many forms, and […]

Finding courage: Fear and panic and going positive, not going under

Finding courage: Fear and panic and going positive, not going under

We live in stressful times What with all the political, social, economic and personal challenges we face, there is plenty to trigger our anxiety, on multiple levels. But we don’t have to live being driven by the alarm emotions of our primitive lizard brain. In her article Exceptional Times Call for Exceptional Pleasures (on the […]

Scarlett Johansson and Eric Maisel on stage fright

Scarlett Johansson and Eric Maisel on stage fright

Scarlett Johansson says she feels panic when she thinks about performing her songs live. The actress and singer collaborated with Pete Yorn for their ‘Break Up‘ album. In an interview, she responds to a question about performing as a singer: [How does the pressure of live musical performance compare to appearances in front of the […]

Elaine Aron on holiday stress relief for sensitive people

Elaine Aron on holiday stress relief for sensitive people

Elaine Aron, PhD wrote in an issue of her newsletter about holiday season challenge – for highly sensitive people (HSPs), but her perspectives can be helpful for anyone: “Here come the holidays and the New Year. Give yourself a gift by remembering to do this time of year your way: If you are already doing […]

Eliminating the Fear of Public Speaking

Eliminating the Fear of Public Speaking

An article about research on managing public speaking anxiety reports “Several surveys indicate that Americans rank speaking in public as their number one fear. “This fear can be socially debilitating, and is often cited as a primary reason why someone is unable to advance in his or her career. The article points out: “Different therapeutic […]

Anxiety disorder includes unhealthy brain response to negative emotion

Anxiety disorder includes unhealthy brain response to negative emotion

How we deal with emotions is a key element in how we interact with others, inhabit our own skins, and access the energies we need to realize our talents. A new study from Stanford University Medical Center indicates that people with anxiety disorders “have abnormalities in the way their brain unconsciously controls emotions.” A news […]

Brainwave entrainment: Rest for the gifted brain

Brainwave entrainment: Rest for the gifted brain

On her Gifted Universe site, Elisa provides a good summary of brainwave entrainment. Here is an excerpt: How to shut or slow down the hamster wheel of a gifted mind? This is question I’ve been asked and have sometimes asked myself. Truthfully, it’s only recently that I’ve become aware of the potential for my brain […]

Imagery and Biofeedback for Health

Imagery and Biofeedback for Health

Wild Divine offers interactive biofeedback programs that enable you to control computer visual displays, including games, to support meditation and stress relief. Wild Divine programs have been created by leaders including Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Zen Master Nissim Amon and others. “The exercises in Healing Rhythms affect not only the […]

Using personal interests to relieve daily stress

Using personal interests to relieve daily stress

From article Are You Suffering From Cumulative Stress?, by Bertil Hjert, author of the Panic Goodbye program : For many people, finding an outlet where you are free from worry is a great way to find some respite from the stress. Find time in your day to do something you enjoy. Do you have a […]

Anxiety and the Amygdala

Anxiety and the Amygdala

A news article reports, “The amygdala is known to be involved in social anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and obsessions and compulsions, and is now being linked with separation anxiety and general anxiety.” // Excerpt from lyrics (based on Emily Dickinson) in video: Fearing – by The Amygdaloids While I was fearing it came But with less […]