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RE: "The Ongoing Desire to Create" from Finding Your Artistic Voice by Lisa Cogdon

How to feel inspired more consistently when feeling anxious. #physical-therapy

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Beth’s Answer

Anxiety is a very common problem for lots of people - you are not alone. Seek out a supportive work environment- 3-10 therapists who can give you frequent feedback and build your confidence. Be open with your colleagues that you are struggling and let them help. Do not work alone, you need interactive and support. Too large a group you can get lost too.
Sometimes you need quiet meditation time but sometimes a fun lunch with laughs is good. Open yourself to try new things, it could be good.
Find ways to control the anxiety- exercise, meditation, journaling, music and counseling are all great ideas.
Attend continuing education workshops and online seminars for creativity. Co- treat with your colleagues and pull off their creativity, ask your patients what they like to do and use activity based treatment.
Don’t beat yourself up, not every session has to be a creative masterpiece.
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Priya’s Answer

Hi Jesus,
I would say explore what gives you that burst of joy or that moment of peace and try to incorporate that weekly or daily. I realized for myself that art documentaries are really inspiring so if I engage in more, I am able to access a feeling of inspiration, even when struggling with anxiety or other symptoms. Taking a moment to take a breath and redirect to something you enjoy can be helpful. Good luck! You are definitely not alone and its a process!
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Tia’s Answer

Journaling is a great way to feel inspired more consistently. I recommend folks new to journaling finding a journal that asks you questions each day that you have to answer. I love the journal "You're Weird: A Creative Journal for Misfits, Oddballs, and Anyone Else Who's Uniquely Awesome by Kate Peterson because it helps you understand your story. I would also recommend reading "More than I deserve" by Dave Ramsey. It helped me learn how to be present and not be anxious about things I cannot control. But also a really good therapist or counsellor can help you work on being less anxious, allowing more time for inspiration.
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