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Not feeling creative? Blame stress! 🙀
Happy Fearless Friday!
Last week, while working on a BIG and intimidating writing project, with some strict (though admittedly self-imposed) deadlines, I got sucked into a stress spiral. I told myself I just needed to focus (yea, right, not while the track in my head was set to a steady stream of “you’re not gonna make it”).
And then I remembered that stress kills creativity, so if I wanted to actually meet my deadline, I needed to stop listening to the stress and start finding ways to let some creativity into the room. I’ve been down this road before, so I’ve packed an imaginary backpack of tools to help me.
🚶🏻♀️The first thing I pulled out was movement. My brain said I didn’t have time to take a walk, but I knew I didn’t have time not to either. So, out I went.
🎶 I listened to a little music to help me shift out of overthinking and over-trying and just be in the moment. After that, I felt ready to write a couple more sentences. But, The Deadline ‼️ thoughts creeped back in.
🧘🏻♀️ So I sat down and breathed for a couple of minutes. That slowed the racing thoughts, so I made a few edits, but those pesky The Deadline ‼️ thoughts snuck in again.
☎️ Finally, I made an SOS call to a smart friend, walked her through my work, and she told me that the project was done. It was done. I just couldn’t see through the haze of stress to know that I had actually accomplished my goal.
Next time you’re feeling stuck, maybe it’ll help to remember that “stuck” is often just a tricky mask for stress. Instead of hoping that trying harder will solve the problem, maybe ask yourself what softening your focus would look like. It may take a few tries, but it’s a heck of a lot more likely to work than whatever you’re doing that isn’t working.
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