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Creativity is Anti-Anxiety

Anxiety is a super stressful condition that many people experience daily.

Sure, anti-anxiety medication is available through a doctor but pharmaceutical drugs are not the solution to living anxiety-free. Those drugs don’t cure anxiety, they just numb your feelings and/or put you to sleep.

That’s cool in emergencies – for instance in the case of an anxiety attack / panic attack.

But, the healthiest way to rid yourself of overwhelming anxious feelings is to find a way to live a balanced life so that you can be majorly stress free on the daily!

After all, stress and anxiety are results of being wound up too tightly in your body and in your head.

Creative outlets (without perfectionism) are a healthy way to unwind and relax.

Just how herbs can help to relax you, and an anti-anxiety diet can encourage peaceful energy in your life, creative projects are a part of a balanced life.

Not convinced of the power of creativity? Don’t worry, we are about to cover that right now πŸ™‚

Here are 5 ways that creative outlets can curb your anxiety:

1. Creativity give you something else to focus on.

Being able to adjust your mindset is a definite skill to have for anxiety and stress.

However, when it comes to long term, the benefits are greater because your mind has an increase of new thought energy.

It’s like this, really – anxiety and stress are the result of your thoughts. Thinking too much about what’s going wrong is bad energy for your mind.

Some stresses of life are unavoidable and you just have to deal with it. But that doesn’t mean that that entire situation has to replay in your mind over and over. That will drive you crazy!

Doing creative things that you enjoy gives your mind a break. Instead of thinking about what bills you have to pay, you can be thinking about what color to use next in your coloring book.

Give yourself permission to focus on something light-hearted ❀

2. Creativity is a Positive Use Of Energy.

When you need to unwind, there are a lot of things that can be used to distract yourself. For example – watching hours of drama videos on YouTube.

But, you know, you could also paint a picture while you watch that video. Then, when the video goes off, you will have something cool to show off.

That actually brings us to the next point:

3. You Can Create Something To Be Proud Of.

Sometimes, you can really do something that you like. You can create something that you admire.

It’s really not about being “good” at it. Don’t even try to be the best. The art and creativity will be much more enjoyable when you stop judging your skills and just do it.

We all see things that we think would be fun to try. Making objects with modeling clay can be fun for many because it’s just squeezing and mushing the clay around. It’s therapeutic.

Even if you just created a paperweight, you can paint it your favorite colors and it will be beautiful and pleasing.

4. Creative Pursuits Provide an Opportunity to Discover New Talents.

This is a big one!

Just trying something new is the only way to discover something enjoyable that you’re good at.

Hobbies come in all shapes and sizes!

Being creative is more than just doing art work. Seriously! You have to get creative about what you want to try to do.

And then do it!

5. Creativity Allows You To Decompress.

Coming full circle, here we are!

After a long day or stressful time, you have to do something to get into “another mode”.

Sometimes when you’re tired, you don’t want to do anything physical and that’s fine, but

In those times that you have extra energy, I think it would be worth it to do something creative.

It’s really up to you to give it a try but by all means, give it a try πŸ™‚

Opening Up About Mental Health

Socially, we are in the midst of a “speak your truth” influence that encourages people to be open about what they’ve gone through or experienced.
In a lot of instances, this appears to apply to mostly negative or damaging life experiences. Have you noticed? Or am I wrong?

Is there a reason why we’re not encouraging people to speak their truth about positive experiences as well?

I wonder does it have something to do with the social requirement of being a humble person? No one likes someone who brags but it’s unreasonable to keep your positive moments to yourself because you don’t want to “make someone feel bad.”

I’d really argue here that we need to hear more about the positive traits and experiences of others. Society would benefit from hearing some of the good things going on in people’s lives.

Yes, it does carry the risk of making the less fortunate feel bad but whose responsibility is that, honestly?

The delivery tone of positive news does matter a great deal. Condescending is always a hard “no”. But, here, we are talking about normal “I got a free coffee today!” pleasant news. After all, the little things matter too!

Feeling bad about other people’s positive life stories is a weak trait. Jealousy is amongst this energy, too.

As we all know, we cannot control anyone else’s reactions to us. Not really. I mean, you can cultivate your first impression to be something true to you.. but, short of manipulation, you’re not in control of how people receive you, your words, actions, or anything else.

And thank goodness for that, who wants the responsibility of constantly worrying about what other people are thinking about?

But I will tell you one thing – whatever you tell the audience is what they will think about…. If you’re telling everyone about the worst day of your life then they will think of you in the context of the worst day of your life.

Those who are healthiest with their mental health will not become emotionally attached to your experience…. But, a lot of people in the world have depression and anxiety and stress and other issues that make them unable to let go of things.

As a result, some people will become attached to the feelings that you have evoked.

That is a responsibility.

Which is why we should be mindful of the personal information that we tell people!

The strongest people, mentally, will not attach themselves in that way so try to be a little forgiving if you can.

Anyway, the fact is that we don’t know for sure how everyone in the audience is receiving our news. If happy news can make people feel sad then it stands to reason that sad stories can make some people feel pleased in a weird way.

It’s very weird, to be pleased at the suffering of others. But remember, we’re talking about mental health.

It’s not an option to live life based on what other people may think. It doesn’t really matter what other people think, does it?

In a way, it does. So much advice today is along the lines of:

“It doesn’t matter what other people think”

but I can’t get behind that all the way.

If we lived in a world where people’s good traits were all that mattered then that would be okay.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where people are treated differently based on their weaknesses and actions.

For that reason, people should be more reserved when “speaking their truth”.

Especially when it comes to mental health, consider the audience that you are letting into your head.

Sharing unpleasant truths has its advantages, namely providing a sense of strength and inspiration for other people who are going through the same things.

That’s all fine and dandy. Why not be a source of strength for someone if you’re able to!

I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that if you have to “Speak Your Truth”, make sure you’re getting some advantages out of it as well.

If you’re going to be letting people into what you’ve been through, think about how sharing this information can help you in the future.
Don’t miss out on opportunities tomorrow because of what you’ve said today.

Easier Relief from Anxiety Attacks

*Summary at the end of this article!*

If you know what anxiety feels like then you already know: anxiety is not fun. Anxious feelings are unpleasant.
At best, the anxious feelings won’t be more than mild nervousness before something important or meaningful is about to happen. At worst, the anxiousness will be a full blown anxiety attack over something small or out of your control.

As with all medical problems, see your doctor if anxiety is disrupting your quality of life. And also, all medical problems will come with circumstances that are specific to you and your situation. One size does not fit all.
The numerous anxiety-related disorders pinpoint all the different ways that these uncomfortable feelings and stress responses display themselves.
To have true happiness in your life, anxiety sufferers have to find a way to not be weighed down by it. As with everything, rising above anxiety starts with knowing what it is. This is key to stopping anxiety attacks once and for all.

What Is Anxiety?
The Easy Light Sources definition of anxiety is stress. This can be the stress of the unknown, the stress of not being in control, or anything else that applies.
Stress is a part of life. How you handle it is really what matters. A lot of stressful situations can be prevented by:

  • Being organized
  • Not obsessing over things you cannot control
  • Controlling your thoughts
  • Having a hobby or interest to participate in

Unrecognized stress and anxiety can turn into unhealthy coping skills. Uncontrolled anxiety can get progressively worse.

Chemical-Free Anxiety Medication?

Treating yourself without medication is only for the strongest amongst us. Everyone is stronger than they think.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a split brain, or you believe that you need medication to stop you from hurting someone then go ahead and medicate yourself. But just remember, a dependency is not a cure. If you as unable to have the anxiety management drugs, you don’t want to fall apart.
Treating yourself without medication and pills is possible. It’s just stress management using the natural resources available to you!

A word about anxiety treatment with natural substances: CBD Oil is the latest natural supplement for anxiety. People love it and there’s are thousands of testimonials that support the claim that CBD Oil is the bees knees. On a lesser tier, herbs, such as valerian and passionflower also do the same relaxing things in the body. Natural substances are a good way to go but NO substances is the actual way to go for longevity (long-term anxiety relief).

It would be helpful to learn ways to ground yourself with your five senses. Learning these things before you have an anxiety attack will make it easier to use them during an anxious moment.

  1. Sight – Take several moments to look at something beautiful. Pretty flowers, regal animals, artistic cloud patterns, smiling faces of your loved ones, lush green grass, colorful fruit. Anything that you like that you find pleasant to your eyes… You can also close your eyes and visualize the pleasant things that you enjoy looking at.
  2. Smell – Make it a priority to smell some fresh air every day. There are other scents too – natural oils, essential oils, fresh flowers, cooking food and/or baked goods, pungent herbs, coconut oil, and more.. It doesn’t have to just be things you like the smell of. The scent of bitter herbs also brings new energy to your experience.
  3. Feelings – Take a moment to appreciate the texture of different materials around you. The pattern of your jeans, the softness of a cotton shirt, the cool metal of your earrings, your heavy belt buckle, a plush blanket, a soft pillow…. Feelings also come in the form of an emotional expression. Indulge in the feeling of things that you are grateful for, thankful for, and what brings feelings of joy.
  4. Taste – Because of the tendency for food to become a dependency, anxiety-related disorders should not be treated with food. Sweets, candy, salty foods, chips, all of these things should be enjoyed in peace. Anxiety attacks are not peaceful moments.
  5. Hearing – “They say music can alter moods and talk to you.” It’s true! Because of this truth, the music that you listen to during anxious moments should be pre-chosen before you have a moment. Use any and all of your favorite songs. If you enjoy hate music – That is, music with negative or harm inducing lyrics, listen to it once or a few times. As you listen to it, have the intention to release your anxiety into the lyrics. Cry if you need to. But balance it out with some “it will be okay, it’s a wonderful day” type of lyrics.

The options are endless! It is worth it to take the time to determine what you like and what adds good energy to your mental state. Keep your resources close to you.
If none of the simple suggestions above help, you may really want to consider whether or not you actually want to be rid of anxiety. You have the give it a try.

Now we should really talk about social anxiety.

What Causes Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety has two components:
You
Other people

Other people can be mean, they can be jerks. For some reason there are some people who are mean spirited on purpose. They want other people to feel pain and hurt. Being on the receiving end of this energy can certainly cause people problems socially.
Being teased will certainly prevent someone from wanting to share their thoughts and ideas with others because of the fear of being ridiculed.
It’s understandable but it’s also a weak position that hinders you from progressing socially and otherwise.

A person with social anxiety would benefit much better to accept more responsibility for their social anxiety.
The harsh truth comes down to the fact that most socially anxious people have insecurity at their core. Sure, the insecurity may be caused by someone else’s actions toward you but it takes a strong person to decide to control their own feelings. Be that strong person.

Strength and believing in yourself has many forms and it looks different depending on the situation.

Being able to adapt is a key skill to live without anxiety. But first, let’s see what strength and believing in yourself looks like:

  • Saying no when you want to say no.
  • Letting someone know when they’re being a jerk.
  • Speaking your opinion and/or speaking facts that you know to be true.
  • Dressing in a style that you find appealing.
  • Leaving a room that is hostile towards you.
  • Entering a room that you belong in.
  • Not believing negative things that people say to you or about you.
  • Choosing to be happy.
  • Practicing self-care to increase your personal value.
  • Always doing your best.

When it comes to adaptation, there is strength in flexibility. Being too rigid makes it hard for other people to work with you. Just how you have your own thoughts and ideas about things, so do other people. Only wanting to do things your way is unfair to other people. It is also unfair to you because that means that you’re blocking your ability to expand your mind via other other perspectives.

Control issues is a form of anxiety, too. Wanting to control everything causes stress because 1) you’ll be stressed if things don’t go according to how you want it to. And 2) you’ll be uptight as you hold on too tight.

Just. Relax.

Drugs and Anxiety
Drugs cause anxiety. If you can’t get the drug, you’ll be anxious. You can become anxious as you worry about the quality of your drugs. The way that a drug reacts with your brain cells may cause anxiety. Being high and not in control can cause anxiety. Taking a break from drugs can cause anxiety as your body cleanses itself.
And so on. Remember, any substance can cause anxiety. Especially if you can’t get any and you don’t know how to cope with sobriety.

Why Does Depression and Anxiety Commonly Go Hand-in-Hand?
The unfortunate truth is that many people who have depression also have anxiety. Depression, for many, is a lower energy form of anxiety.
To be frank, each of these emotional disorders are bad enough on their own. Combining them into a common phrase -depression and anxiety – subliminally encourages people to put them together and claim both problems.

However, unfortunately, lots of people who have one of these disorders will have the other. That’s because they share a root cause of perspective: pessimism.

So, What Are Some Proper Solutions / Anxiety Coping Skills:

There are some coping skills listed earlier in this article geared toward the 5 senses. So instead of repeating those great suggestions, it would be helpful to mention something that is not popularly stated when it comes to treating anxiety. That is –
SELF-CONTROL.

Anxiety is an emotional and thought-driven disorder. You can control your thoughts. JUST THINK OF SOMETHING ELSE.
Before you say “It’s not that easy” ask yourself this question: “would you rather think about what’s causing your anxiety attack or would you rather think about something else?” Stop reliving bad experiences.

If you must think about the trigger then CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE about it. In any unfortunate situation, determine how you can win or benefit from it. Whatever it is, frame it in a way that it works to your advantage.

If you can’t do that then your mental fortitude needs to be strengthened.

**SUMMARY**

  • Anxiety is an unhealthy response to stress.
  • Grounding yourself is a good way to curve anxiety attacks.
  • For long-lasting anxiety relief, it’s imperative to learn how to cope without the use of any substances (natural/unnatural).
  • At the root of social anxiety is insecurity.
  • Drugs cause anxiety.
  • Depression and anxiety both have pessimism as a root cause.
  • Anxiety solutions include getting an anxiety bracelet, getting counseling, meditation, controlling your thoughts, being organized, and going with the flow.