Writing and the Creative Life: Why Creative People May Feel More Anxiety

“Why won’t the words come? And what if they’re the wrong words?
Know what? I hate words!”

SITUATIONAL

SELF-IMPOSED

“The simplest is to remember to breathe; a few deep cleansing breaths can do wonders for reducing anxiety.

“The most important anxiety management tool is probably cognitive work, where you change the things you say to yourself, turning anxious thoughts into calmer, more productive thoughts.

“And creating a lifestyle that supports calmness is also very important: if the way you live your life produces a lot of anxiety, that’s a tremendous extra burden on your nervous system.”

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