There's an illusion that creativity is free of stress. While it is a playful, inspired state, it can be just as intense. The major difference is that stress provokes you to constrict and shut down, while creativity encourages you to open up and expand. Stress is inevitable, but you can use it productively by consciously channeling that energy in a creative way. I know for me, a stressful situation now serves as a opportunity for creative problem solving. I am able to set the stress aside, and approach the situation in a different way.
We all handle stress differently, and the way we choose the handle it will break you down, or build you up. If you use stress as a catalyst, you redirect your energy in the direction you choose. If stress takes over, it suppresses your energy and ability to seek transformative solutions. An example that comes to mind for me here is the period after a breakup. You'll see this happen a lot in periods of transition. In the midst of your grief, you have two choices. You can drown in the heartbreak, and spiral through negative emotions, or you can take the emotional pain and channel it into ways that are good for you. Such as making new rituals, committing to acts of self-care, and processing through the thoughts and emotions that come up for you in an emotionally healthy way.
I've always told myself that the catalyst doesn't matter, if it moves me in a positive direction and gets me to do something good for myself that I may not have done otherwise...I embrace the momentum. Pain, stress, and undesired states are powerful motivators because we want out of them. Learn what you're motivated by, and use that momentum in the ways that create what you want.
Part of tapping into your creative potential is giving it space to work. Whether it is setting aside time each day, planning an activity, booking a trip, etc...what are the ways that work well for you? The conscious commitment to creative space invites exponentially more creative energy.
Unleashing your inner creative is knowing that you can embrace the situation in front of you, and excel no matter what. It's deepening a trust with yourself because you recognize your ability to handle stressful situations and thrive.
No matter how stressful a situation is, the most direct way through it is to stop and ask yourself, "How can I see this differently?"
It is often hard to course correct when we're in a habitual state of stress, so I've created a 3-week program, Unleash Your Inner Creative, to guide you through channeling your creative force on a daily basis. What I've found is that through coming from a place of creative intent, I am able to be more productive, live with a deeper sense of joy, laugh more, stress less, and truly enjoy the present moment in ways that I was too distracted to fully engage with prior to stepping into my zone of creativity.
Are you curious about how unlocking your creativity would feel? Join me for Unleash Your Inner Creative, beginning March 16th.