6 Ways To Turn Creative Anxiety To Productivity

Self-criticism, stress and anxiety are related to being gifted, talented and creative. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed while doing what you love?  It’s called creative anxiety. Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress. If not, taken care off, it can affect your productivity. We can manage our energies by what we allow our minds to think . If you can accept that some anxiety is inevitable, you may be able to learn how to work with it instead of against it.

 

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1. Stretch.

Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters in the brain that have been shown to improve mood, reduce symptoms of depression, and relieve stress and anxiety.  Endorphins are essentially an all-natural antidepressant.  Additionally, flexibility and strength gained from exercising can help to prevent anxiety.  Who isn’t happier when they aren’t in pain or stressed all the time?

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2. Breathe.

Our breathing changes when we are feeling anxious. We tend to take short, quick, shallow breaths, or even hyperventilate; this is called “over-breathing”.  When having anxiety or panic attacks, take long, slow breath in through your nose, first filling your lower lungs, then your upper lungs. Hold your breath to the count of “three”. Exhale slowly through pursed lips, while you relax the muscles in your face, jaw, shoulders, and stomach.

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3. Talk To A Friend.

Reducing anxiety is often about distraction, since your mind can be your worst enemy when you have severe anxiety symptoms. A very effective technique is to talk to someone you like and trust, especially on the phone. Talking to nice people keeps your mind off your symptoms, and the supportive nature of friends and family gives you that added boost of confidence.
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4. Listen To Good Music.Listening to your favorite music can have a powerful effect on your anxiety. They key is to not just choose songs you like. The key is also to make sure you’re listening to music that represents the way you want to feel. Happy or relaxing music, not just any music. The reality is that music does affect emotions. Listening to an upbeat song will help ease away the stress.
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5. Living in Today.
Live in the moment. Sounds cliche, but when you learn to indulge in the moment, you forget why you are anxious. Let yourself experience the fear and try to live the life anyway – you will find that your anxiety tends to dissipate with it. This helps you become stronger mentally, physically and emotionally. It will help you handle any situation thrown your way. 
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6. Pray.
Prayer and meditation helps put the mind at peace. When we talk to God about our concerns, we are giving Him a chance to take care of our worries. Living it in His hands, will  help relieve mental stress and put your mind in perspective. Prayer is the number one key to fighting any kind of anxiety. God will always come through, no matter what the situation may be. 

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Creative anxiety and stress is universal and experienced by everyone. It is important to take breaks when you start to feel burden or overwhelmed. Go for a walk, shop, eat, talk, dance, exercise, do anything that will put your brain on a relaxed mode and live in the moment.

 

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible”. – Francis Of Assisi

With Love Always,
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  • heidi williams

    Wow you look amazing. Interesting take on stress. The counting part is so true a doctor taught it to me to get through panic attacks.

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    • Great right! It’s amazing , just taking some time to relax and live in the moment can help lower down anxiety

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  • Jennifer Kelly

    Wow, you would never know how badly I need this post today. Just to even see that I am not alone in my anxiety when I am faced with a new creative decision. Thanks! 🙂

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  • Madeline Laviolette

    I love this post! Thanks for sharing. I think it’s a good read for people who sometimes don’t know how to cope with anxiety. XO

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  • Katie Campbell

    I suffer from anxiety and have tried a number of the things in your list. For sure the breathing helps. By focusing on your breathing you are staying in the moment and feel like you are taking control – which is part of my anxiety – lack of control.

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