Friday, April 1, 2016

For the Soul: Keeping those Creative Juices flowing when our Anxiety Levels Start to Take Over

It is no big secret we live in a stressful world. We all feel there is not enough time in the day. How often does the exchange "things are crazy right now!" pass between people, either over conversation, text or email?! In general, people never feel that they have enough time to get things done.
For creative types this often leads us to become so overwhelmed it starts to hurt our artistic flow.
Whether you are an actor, dancer, singer, director, musician-any artist finds it hard to get over creative hurdles.
I recently found a great super helpful, read !!

Author: Eric Maisel
Book: Mastering Creative Anxiety: 24 Lessons, for Writers, Painters, Musicians & Actors from Americas's for most Creativity Coach.

Maisel's book is a gift. In it he talks about "Creative Anxiety".  He uses his background as a psychotherapist to explain why creative people get it, and how it can get so bad it sometimes has put a complete stop to careers, yikes! I found it to be a quick read, and super easy to follow. Some of the subjects he writes about using I already practice regularly like mindfulness, and guided imagery, and deep breathing. I found his take on these subjects to be accurate, and easy to follow for a beginner. I also loved all of the stories he uses along with the lessons. In addition to being an extremely helpful tool, it is fun to read! You will find yourself wanting to share it with a fellow artist.

Maisel actually is the author of 10 other books which speak about the mind, being a creativity coach, depression, and achieving goals.
Great Book selection for the actor looking for something new, that is not another method/scene/or monologue book!!

Remember, it is important to take care of yourself! No one does it for you.