7 Brilliant Creatives {Writers, Artists, & Photographers} Share Their Best Stress Dissolving Strategies

 Creativity and Stress - Creative Images

On the surface, stress might seem like a good way to kick-start productivity, but studies show that when we are under stress we can’t think as broadly, widely or deeply. Stress can increase motor function but it decreases perception, cognition and creativity. – Beth Kuhel

If you’re someone who creates – a writer, artist, photographer, musician, songwriter or another type of creative – chances are stress has obstructed your creative process more than once.  It may even be an ongoing challenge for you, taking the form of resistance, writer’s block, self-doubt or constant overwhelm.

I believe storytelling is powerful.  Where we share our own stories of stress, others can realize:

  • They’re not alone.  They’re not the only one who has felt trapped by stress.
  • They don’t have to accept an overload of stress as the norm.
  • There’s a way out.  New ideas may be sparked that lead them out of the pit of stress.

Today, I’ve asked 7 talented women – creatives who especially inspire me – to share their personal stories of stress along with their most effective stress dissolving strategies.  I suspect at least one of their stories will speak directly to you and may bring an “aha” or two.

As I read these stories, I see common threads as well as unique angles on addressing creative stress. Ultimately, you must get to know your own stress threshold and the triggers that cause you to trip over it.  But seeing how others work with stress and then adapting the methods that resonate for you can dramatically decrease the time and energy you normally give over to stress.

Then, you’ll have space and a greater sense of ease so you can get on to what’s truly important to you:  CREATING!

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How You Can Help the People of Nepal Recover from the Earthquake


Nepal Earthquake, Outside Shechen Monastery
Living outdoors at Shechen Monastery

As you probably know, Nepal has been devastated by a massive 7.9 earthquake.

Thousands are dead and thousands are living outside. As the tremors continue, it’s unsafe to be inside.  Some buildings have been virtually demolished and others heavily damaged.

The people of Nepal are faced with serious challenges including maintaining an adequate supply of water and food, and restoring electricity. Medical needs and trauma also top the list.  Trauma may be compounded for some individuals due to the innumerable aftershocks which occur after a significant earthquake like this one as well as the unimaginable loss involved.

4 Ways You Can Help the People of Nepal

Naturally, we’re all shocked when such an incredible travesty takes place anywhere in the world and spontaneously want to help. Here are 4 ways you can help the people of Nepal, which includes many Tibetans who live there now after fleeing Tibet due to the Chinese Occupation.

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My Hawaii Life: Celebrating the Healing Power of Nature

Rainbow, Big Island, Hawaii
Double Rainbow, Big Island, Hawaii

If you would like to listen to me read this piece, please click below or continue on to read the text.

I grew up in a large city.  I never envisioned living on a fruit farm.  Life is not predictable, at least not for some of us.

This isn’t a commercial farm nor is it a large farm.  It’s just our humble attempt to live more sustainably.

Weeding, mulching, and feeding constitute my main tasks on the farm.  The scent of Cuban oregano and lemon grass delights me as I pull and hack and sweat – in moderation, of course.

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Great Links for a Good Life {04.22.15}


Welcome to my personal selection of exceptional posts from around the web, inspiring resources to help you live the best possible life, and a good book or two.  Enjoy!

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