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Dealing with depression to access our creativity

Dealing with depression to access our creativity | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
We need to support ourselves to deal with mental health challenges like depression that can impede creative thinking and energy.

 

Musician Shawn Colvin explained on an episode of the Oprah show, “Part of the way I’ve dealt with my depressions in the past is I’ve had the ability, if necessary, to just check out. There have been times when I’ve not shown up at work.”

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Dealing With Anxiety - Actors and Performers | Anxiety Relief

Dealing With Anxiety - Actors and Performers | Anxiety Relief | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Gigi Hadid has been part of a Victoria’s Secret runway show, won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, and acted in several projects including the Taylor Swift: Bad Blood video.

But a Glamour magazine article notes that her confidence can be eroded by anxiety
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Dealing with stress – especially when you’re highly sensitive

Dealing with stress – especially when you’re highly sensitive | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

What are holiday seasons like for you? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Here are some ideas to take care of your health and emotional balance, especially if you're highly sensitive.

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Can We Benefit From Sadness?

Can We Benefit From Sadness? | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
As musician Alanis Morissette points out, “We’re taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they’re of equal value as happiness,

 

Karla McLaren is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and educator who teaches about the value of embracing our emotions and developing emotional health.

 

She has commented, “In my work with emotions, I focus on the intelligence, gifts, and skills that every emotion brings to you."

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Elizabeth Gilbert on Fear and Expressing Our Creative Ideas

Elizabeth Gilbert on Fear and Expressing Our Creative Ideas | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Gilbert says we do need fear, in order to protect us from actual dangers. "But you do not need your fear in the realm of creative expression."
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Working with depression

Working with depression | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Christina Ricci fought anorexia and depression in her younger years, and says she overcame her problems with the help of a psychiatrist.

 

“These are things you can’t always deal with alone, so I went to therapy,” she said.

“Sometimes people need to seek professional help. Along the way I discovered that you can choose to be happy.”

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Negative emotions - How do we create them?

Negative emotions - How do we create them? | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Different people have varied emotional responses to the same stimulus.”


Why do we experience troubling, disrupting, and often self-limiting, emotions, for example anxiety, and what can we do about them?

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Performance Anxiety Course by Luciane Cardassi - YouTube

“Practical Steps to Overcoming Performance Anxiety"

http://anxietyreliefsolutions.com/PracticalSteps

This is "a focused, effective, online course for any performer who wants to be more confident on stage."

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Holiday Rhythms

Holiday Rhythms | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Have you ever watched one of those holiday movies where everything is ideal? The holiday decorations to the festive dinner look picture perfect. Everyone is feeling cheery...


"Yet not everyone will feel overwhelmingly jolly during the holidays. There are different degrees of happiness that we may feel — and we won’t always have uplifting moments at the exact same time as others.

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Staying healthy in a business with unhealthy pressures

Staying healthy in a business with unhealthy pressures | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Danielle Panabaker cautions, “You’d be surprised how many people are headed in the wrong direction [in Hollywood] and it makes me very sad to see these people with so much potential at such young ages getting involved in things that they should not be getting involved in.

“I try to surround myself with people who won’t encourage me to do bad things but people change and I’ve lost friendships because of it, because of decisions people have made.

“I prefer to be safe and healthy..."

Danielle Panabaker cautions, “You’d be surprised how many people are headed in the wrong direction [in Hollywood] and it makes me very sad to see these people with so much potential at such young ages getting involved in things that they should not be getting involved in.

“I try to surround myself with people who won’t encourage me to do bad things but people change and I’ve lost friendships because of it, because of decisions people have made.

“I prefer to be safe and healthy

- See more at: http://theinneractor.com/47/staying-healthy-in-a-business-with-unhealthy-pressures/#sthash.DTSGo2UV.dpuf
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The Tapping World Summit

The Tapping World Summit | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"My choices seemed clear – I could either keep pushing through and endure the pain of fear and anxiety or I could settle for wanting less of me and of life. Somehow settling for a smaller life didn’t feel right in my soul." Mary Ayers, PhD about Tapping - #‎anxietyrelief -

Hear her presentation free NOW until 8PM EST Tues March 3rd [recordings available] http://thetappingsolution.com/cmd.php?Clk=5390460

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Being Eccentric and Creative | Developing Multiple Talents

Being Eccentric and Creative | Developing Multiple Talents | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"Stay weird, stay different" -- Graham Moore in his acceptance speech winning an Academy Award for his adapted screenplay for “The Imitation Game”: "When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself. Because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I'm standing here..."

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Asperger's: Clearly bright and imaginative | HighAbility

Asperger's: Clearly bright and imaginative | HighAbility | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Mental health conditions such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, often considered a mild form of autism, can be challenging for many children and adults, - See more at: http://highability.org/95/clearly-bright-and-imaginative-and-autistic/#sthash.47X4LQFk.dpuf
Mental health conditions such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, often considered a mild form of autism, can be challenging for many children and adults, - See more at: http://highability.org/95/clearly-bright-and-imaginative-and-autistic/#sthash.47X4LQFk.dpuf

Mental health conditions such as autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, often considered a mild form of autism, can be challenging for many children and adults - such as British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing,


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Emotional Health Resources - Talent Development Resources

Emotional Health Resources - Talent Development Resources | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Highly sensitive individuals make up 20 to 30 percent of the population. They “experience things more intensely, and therefore have had more difficulties learning to manage emotions because they become so overwhelmed by them.”
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Hugh Jackman on emotional health - YouTube

Hugh Jackman on participating in an Unleash the Power Within event by Tony Robbins. http://thecreativemind.net/TonyRobbins

Jackman comments:
"My parents split up when I was young, and I think for many years I carried a doubt about whether there was some kind of wound or damage that would frame my entire life and all the decisions I make."

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Emotional Health in Movies

Emotional Health in Movies | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Movies like Silver Linings Playbook have engaging stories and acting, and bring out issues of mental health, such as labeling ourselves and others.

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Meditation Technology for Emotional Health and Creativity

Meditation Technology for Emotional Health and Creativity | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Meditation technology and devices complement traditional meditation techniques for increased emotional health and stress relief.
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Andrew Solomon on depression and hope | Depression and Creativity

Andrew Solomon on depression and hope | Depression and Creativity | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Andrew Solomon is a novelist, journalist and historian. At 31 he descended into a major depression. He was helped by family support and therapy. He writes:

 

“These experiences of darkness make the light more beautiful, that the pain of being acutely depressed allows you to experience an unbelievable happiness in every day when you aren’t depressed and a sense that each of those days is a gift. So that’s the real message of hope, is that you can get better.”

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Inside Out and Emotional Health

Inside Out and Emotional Health | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

"A person’s mind is a mysterious labyrinth of thoughts, feelings, memories, ideas and compulsions; the mind of a young girl is likely even more complex.

“Disney-Pixar’s latest animated offering, Inside Out, bravely delves into that intricate world..." (From a review.) - See clip and more quotes.

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Emotional Intelligence To Be Creative

Emotional Intelligence To Be Creative | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
We may have learned to cover up much of our inner life, but to be more fully alive and creative, it can help to understand and stay in charge of our feelings.
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Dr. Andrew Weil on Anxiety and Emotional Health

See full video and quotes in article: Dr. Weil on Coping With Anxiety http://anxietyreliefsolutions.com/dr-weil-on-coping-with-anxiety/
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Meditate to Achieve and Be More Creative | The Creative Mind

Meditate to Achieve and Be More Creative | The Creative Mind | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

Meditation can provide emotional renewal and other values: it is being used in companies such as Google, for personal growth and achievement.


One person quoted in the article: Anderson Cooper on doing a 60 Minutes story on his experiences in a meditation retreat and learning about mindfulness training: “I realized…this is exactly what I need.”

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Cultivating Creativity and Healing in Our Shadow

Cultivating Creativity and Healing in Our Shadow | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

“Avoiding the shadow of solitude, we avoid our essence and our core. All things that grow begin in darkness. Seeds find nourishment in the dark. All the things that matter most — creativity, love, inspiration, deep work, and spiritual awakening, require the dark earth of solitude to take root. And this practice can be cultivated.”

- Author and teacher Mark Matousek


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The Future of Mental Health with Dr. Eric Maisel - en*theos Symposiums

The Future of Mental Health with Dr. Eric Maisel - en*theos Symposiums | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

There isn’t just one way to think about mental health. Today adults and children in distress are presented with a single picture: that they have some “mental disorder” requiring “medical treatment.” In this groundbreaking symposium, top experts from around the world challenge this paradigm, present alternatives, and provide you with the tools you need to live a healthier life. Learn about this mental health revolution from its front-line leaders!"

[Live conference is over - recordings available.]

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Alan Turing: Exceptional Intellect and Asperger’s

Alan Turing: Exceptional Intellect and Asperger’s | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it

British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing led a group of other brilliant codebreakers, including Joan Clarke, at Bletchley Park outside London during WWII to crack the German’s Enigma code.

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Alan Cumming on Dealing With a Traumatic Childhood

Alan Cumming on Dealing With a Traumatic Childhood | Mental Health & Creativity | Scoop.it
Trauma takes many forms, and has different sources and levels of impact. Alan Cumming details his early life with an abusive father, and its consequences.
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