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Do Creative Work Activities Create Stress?

Do Creative Work Activities Create Stress?

From a report by Medical News Today : The demands associated with creative work activities pose key challenges for workers, according to new research out of the University of Toronto that describes the stress associated with some aspects of work and its impact on the boundaries between work and family life. Sociology professor Scott Schieman […]

Panic Attacks: Nature Out Of Context

Panic Attacks: Nature Out Of Context

Writer  Jen Crippen points out: “Panic attacks were once nature’s way of keeping a person alive in a very dangerous situation. “The surge of adrenaline pumped through the body during an attack allowed early man to outrun deadly predators, or claw themselves out from an avalanche of heavy debris. “Today, there are people who have […]

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 […]

Uncertainty fuels our distress

Uncertainty fuels our distress

“If the imagined future is better, it gives you hope or pleasurable anticipation. If it is worse, it creates anxiety. Both are illusory.” Eckhart Tolle – from his book The Power of Now. What we anticipate and imagine can be so much worse than reality, and make our distress all the more intense. Being uncertain […]

Fear and trembling and an audience – heal anxiety

A fate worse than death Speaking in front of an audience is reportedly more fearsome than death. It doesn’t have to be a crowd – simply another person. But an audience of any size can be helpful in encouraging our creative expression and personal development – more so if we can be relaxed and authentic. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Anxiety and body reactions

From article: Causes of Panic Attacks, by Joe Barry McDonagh. Anxiety is a response to a danger or threat. All of its effects are aimed toward either fighting or fleeing from the danger. Thus, the sole purpose of anxiety is to protect the individual from harm. When confronted with danger, the brain sends signals to […]

The Link Between Depression And Anxiety

The Link Between Depression And Anxiety

Many highly talented, creative people experience some degree of anxiety, as well as depression. This writer is a “psychologist and nutrition specialist who personally dealt with depression for nearly 20 years, and through his research developed a way to shift your focus and change your mindset, to re-gain control over your thoughts and feelings.” ~ […]

Dealing with the fear of public speaking

Dealing with the fear of public speaking

In his article Getting Rid of the Fear of Public Speaking Has to be Difficult – Are You Sure?, Morty Lefkoe writes, “After helping hundreds of people with a fear of public speaking totally eradicate that fear, we discovered that there are only a few beliefs that cause the fear.” Here are some of those […]

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 […]

More Calm and Less Stress for A Better Life

More Calm and Less Stress for A Better Life

“Being more intentional, grounded and grateful is not just a good thing to do for the holiday season. It’s a way to live all year long. And not only that, it’s the quickest way to transform your life from ordinary to extraordinary.” Carrie Contey, Ph.D. “If you aren’t intentional about how you want the holidays […]

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 […]

Energy vampires can suck our life energy

Energy vampires can suck our life energy

Judith Orloff MD is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and synthesizes traditional medicine, intuition, energy work and spirituality in her medical practice and publications. We can all use protection In her article Protect Yourself from Energy Vampires, she explains, “Energy vampires are people who suck our energy dry. Everyone can benefit from […]

Getting Over Stage Fright

Getting Over Stage Fright

“Creative people are extremely sensitive. Neurologically, 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… People need immediate relief for anxiety; they don’t want to wait.” Energy Psychiatrist Judith Orloff – see the Emotional Freedom page for more quotes, […]

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 […]

The powerful biology of stress

The powerful biology of stress

From a podcast by All in the Mind, presented by Natasha Mitchell, ABC Radio National and Radio Australia. Neuro-endocrinologist Bruce McEwen: Well I think the best way to start is to talk about the different ways we think of stress. There is positive stress when you rise to a challenge and generally are exhilarated because […]

Relaxed about the audition

Relaxed about the audition

Monica Raymund comments about her audition for the tv series Lie to Me: “I just knew I wasn’t going to get it, so I was so relaxed about the audition that I got it. The same thing happened with my audition for Juilliard…” [From post on The Inner Actor] One of the key ideas of […]

The Monkey Mind Disruption

The Monkey Mind Disruption

Do you ever find yourself waylaid or compromised in your creative work on account of disrupting trains of thought and anxieties? It happens to most of us. In his interview for NPR about his new book “Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety,” author and journalist Daniel Smith makes an interesting distinction that fear “is an […]

How Our Strong Feelings Get Conditioned

How Our Strong Feelings Get Conditioned

What causes anxiety and other negative emotions can result from the meaning we unconsciously attribute to events in life. And meaning can be changed. Morty Lefkoe, an expert on changing limiting beliefs, explains how classical conditioning can work against our emotional stability: How Associations Early In Life Cause Negative Emotions Later In Life Very often […]

Anxiety and food allergies and body odor

In her post Food Allergies, Digestion, & Body Odor?, Jen Crippen (author of the ebook Lets Get Physical: Anxiety Is Not All In Your Head) writes: “When I was at my lowest point, not only did I have relentless anxiety but horrendous body odor. Gross, but honest!  So what’s the connection between anxiety and putrid […]

Paulina Porizkova and her “love affair” with Lexapro

Paulina Porizkova and her “love affair” with Lexapro

Actor, Director, Writer, (and Supermodel) Paulina Porizkova comments on using an antidepressant: “I started taking Lexapro after my anxiety attacks came back and, for all intents and purposes, practically crippled me. “I’ve always had anxiety attacks, or panic attacks as some know them, but after years of learning how to deal with them, I thought […]

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 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 […]

High Sensitivity and Anxiety in Work Situations

High Sensitivity and Anxiety in Work Situations

There are probably millions of highly sensitive people around the world who are working in situations where they are being watched when they work. Some choose to perform in various ways – as actors, musicians, speakers. [Many actors and other performers have been shy, or still are, such as Amy Adams, Rebel Wilson, Gwen Stefani, […]

Video Gaming for Mental Health

Video Gaming for Mental Health

“When the player becomes stressed or fearful, the game will increase in intensity and difficulty. When the player calms himself, the game returns to its default state.” Game designer Erin Reynolds There are many different sorts of video games, and many studies on their psychological and social impacts – research that is often critical or […]

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 […]

Creative Anxiety

Creative Anxiety

This is a scene in one of the great movies about the inner life of artists: “Adaptation.” Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman [Nicolas Cage] is facing the dreaded blank page: “To begin…To begin…How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think. Maybe I should write something first, then reward myself with coffee. […]

Art can induce a calm state of mind

Art can induce a calm state of mind

In her article How to Use Music and Art as a Relaxation Technique Meditation, Susan Masters writes: “The power of art induces a calm state of mind… any beautiful object, be it a flower, a painting, a piece of music, a movie or a well-written book, helps us let go all the negative thoughts and […]

Working with scary thrills or irrational dread - getting anxiety relief

Working with scary thrills or irrational dread – getting anxiety relief

Many people choose to get scared in certain situations: thrill rides, horror movies, bungee jumping, running in front of bulls. But what about dealing with unwanted terror? And can fear ever be useful? If you feel shut down or blocked from developing or expressing your talents because of anxiety, there are many ways to help […]

Alex Lambert on stage fright

Alex Lambert on stage fright

The fear of failing in front of an audience is familiar to me. Even though I never had a major memory lapse or experienced any ridicule for my work as an actress, I always felt afraid before every performance . Many of us who have performed before an audience can probably relate to American Idol […]

Why We Don't Create

Why We Don’t Create

“To begin…To begin…How to start? I’m hungry. I should get coffee. Coffee would help me think…” Screenwriter ‘Charlie Kaufman’ (Nicolas Cage) in the movie “Adaptation” – written by the real Charlie Kaufman about some of his own creative anxieties. Cynthia Morris is a writer, writing coach, teacher, and speaker. She provides a wide range of […]

Performance anxiety: Biofeedback relieves stage fright

Performance anxiety: Biofeedback relieves stage fright

By Cat Robson When I was acting, I had recurring nightmares of being in unknown plays without a clue of my role, and paralyzing real-life panic right before the curtain came up. Many talented musicians, actors, speakers and others experience performance anxiety, often called stage fright. A new study shows that biofeedback can be highly […]