Creatives x Anxiety

Creativity comes from a place of null and void. We implement things in our lives that are currently no so. We create to provide a solution. Think about the world’s biggest brands and who developed them. Let’s take Apple, Inc. for an example. Steve Jobs developed something so innovative, so creative, that even after so many years people ‘crave’ his product. But do people really appreciate his creative process? Probably not. People care about the end product.

Why, you ask? Because the developing process for any Creative is a roller-coaster. Surprisingly there is a history of linking Creatives and Mental Health. There are the high moments of enjoying Creative Harmony, then there are also the ever so frequent moments of anxiety, the fear of our ideas not coming into to fruition as we expected.

As Creatives, we have this high inclination of desiring perfection. We want to first impress ourselves, others second.

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The fear of being misunderstood is a dangerous feeling.

The frustration that leads to anxiety is that Creatives most often think that everyone else shares their exact view point. Unfortunately that is not the case. We create to share our perspective in the hopes that someone can relate and appreciate the creative process as well as the finished product(s).

Am I speaking to you? Okay good. Let’s go a little further.

Think of a time in which you had a heightened peak of creativity. How did feel at that particular moment? Did you immediately run to grab a pen and paper and write it down, and flush out the details later? Or did you just go at it and started your next project immediately? Creatives also have those projects that are just developed for personal use and enjoyment. For my Writers out there; there are plenty of you who write and prefer not to share publicly because

not all creative projects are meant to be shared.

That is perfectly okay because there’s a huge difference between project writing and personal journaling. We’ll delve into that in another post.

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However there are those who have that burning desire to share a part of their lives in a way that will be the pivot to bring a drastic positive change into someone’s life. This is where anxiety drives us up a wall. We experience this Futuristic Big Picture Thinking that oftentimes overwhelm us because there can be so many parts and pieces to this creative project we want to manifest. OR there are Creatives who get lost in their creativity, manifesting the most amazing work due to the stresses of life.

Oftentimes your pain can bring about the greatest pieces of work. Thus why the anxiety and creative process go hand in hand. Going into our creative outlets is like a stress reliever- more like a drug.

The more we create the more empowered we may  feel.

Anxiety fuels our creativity. Each person’s creative process is different however there are two constants that never change: creativity comes from a broken place and from the underlying desire for perfection.

As a Writer, a Creative, I too have to be mindful that I can oftentimes be a ‘calm-looking, high anxiety mess”. What are some ways in which you expel anxiety with your Creativity? Share in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

-Srebrenica Lejla

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