One of the most frequent ailments I hear from my creative clients is a sense of meaninglessness. With the world in constant crisis, our life purpose is regularly called in for inspection, how we are living each day end existing in sharp contrast to terrors all around us. How motivated do we feel to sit for another day at our office jobs, when the pandemic rages on? How thrilled do we feel to answer more emails when sociopolitical issues abound? Justifying these stark contrasts in our creative minds becomes increasingly difficult, and the disparity makes us ever more unfulfilled, numbly living our lives feeling empty.
The Effect of the Pandemic on Creative People
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the world has exploded with ever more hugely important issues, critically demanding problems, and terrifying tragedies. While a normal initial response for many of us was a sense of shock and self-preservation, after years of this, we begin to go into a state of what is known in the science of anxiety of carrying an allostatic load. This means our bodies’ systems of homeostasis become out of balance backlogged, and unable to anticipate our needs. In fact, we are carrying past biophysioloigical demands of trauma preventing us from investing in properly preparing for whatever comes our way in the future. We are maladjusted and living in a constant state of anxious arousal.
How do Creative People Adapt?
We know from science that has studied anxiety, that organisms living with an allostatic load suffer from symptoms of anxiety, depression, numbness, fatigue, and more. We default to survival and basic functioning. We go about the motions, just trying to emotionally and physically survive each day. Our body is waiting for relief from exposure to stress, to recalibrate and recover. The difficulty is, that respite has not come. Many of us have stopped asking when and if it will, and are readjusting to living amidst a new threshold of difficulty, which is emotionally very adaptive.
Creative People Are Trying to Find Balance
As we begin to recalibrate our bodies to live in a world with ever more challenges, ever more fights, ever more fears, and readjust our allostasis to these conditions, the natural next step is existential and sociological. What previously seemed fulfilling and satisfying, is now out of balance as well. Relationships, activities, routines, and more now carry less meaning and/or feel out of balance with what we have accepted as the “new normal.”
Feeling Lost in a War-Torn World
We are seeing signs of this in our society already, in different ways. Across the globe, war-torn countries are forced to make life-altering changes in behavior and perspective. Observers in the US suffer violence and other threats, consider the tragedies far away and no longer are satisfied with complacency and drudgery. Suddenly life, because of these events, feels more precious, demands more attention, and different choices.
The Great Resignation
The great resignation continues in the United States as many deem their personal needs more important than the needs of their employer for the first time in their lives. Inspired to make meaning of their lives, and make lasting changes around them, many make brave and scary employment changes, along with many other leaps to pursue their authenticity and happiness.
Creative People Need to Prioritize Their Mental Health
This is a very important time for Creative People. We know that Creative People have specific personalities with specific needs and strengths. More and more humans are understanding the priority of their mental health, and with that, the paramount nature of knowing and caring for their needs properly.
Creative People Are the Future
I believe that Creative People are the future that this world needs. They envision the beauty that we need to get unstuck and move forward. There was never a more important time to know and care for yourself well as a Creative Person. That is why I am so passionate about this work.
Hold Your Creativity Sacred
You may have believed in the past that you should abandon your creativity, for the pursuit of something more practical, sensical, or mainstream. In fact, the healthiest, best thing you can do for yourself as a Creative Person, is to be creative. I want to help you rewrite this core belief, and understand and commit to why it matters, so that you can live better.
3 Ways to Get Healthy, and Creative, Today:
1) Book a Free Consultation. All new clients to Creatively, LLC are entitled to a 15 min, free consultation to sit with me and discuss your needs, services available, and we can problem solve and hand-pick the best next steps to help you succeed.
2) Begin Counseling for the Modern Day Creative Person. Are you a working Creative in need of specific support? I offer a range of Counseling Services so you can select exactly what you need, and nothing that you don't. Creativity Counseling offers 30 min sessions to 60-minute sessions, as well as asynchronous support.
3) Book a Coaching Package. Are you a working Creative in need of specific support? I offer a range of Coaching Packages from 150$. Let's get started with one that is right for you.
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It can be hard to find a full hour in your life for an appointment. And- working hard for a full hour of coaching and counseling is very demanding! Have you ever tried a 30-minute coaching or counseling session? They are much easier to fit into your day, and you can accomplish and expend just the right amount of mental and emotional energy.
2. Check-Ins Between Live Coaching Sessions
Trying to fit everything you need to work on into your compact live session is challenging- most of us remember more details, issues, and insights in between. Modern-day counseling and coaching include these moments of insight with check-ins with me in between your scheduled live appointment time.
3. Neurodivergent Inclusive Coaching for Creative People
Traditional counseling and coaching, in a live didactic format, is very demanding and taxing on your executive functioning. It depends upon mental clarity, calm, focus, lack of distractions, and the ability to gain insight mainly in this format. I know there is diversity amongst Creative Personalities. Modern-day counseling and coaching for Creative People include email threads you can go back to, asynchronous support you can use at any time of day and night, and shorter live session times to guide your work.
4. Coaching That is Burnout Sensitive
You have just worked all day. You have used most of your psychological capacity trying to earn money, build relationships, solve problems, and otherwise survive. The demand for self-improvement through coaching and counseling when you are already maxed out is a significant barrier for many. Shorter sessions, with check-ins on your time in between give you greater flexibility and less time in appointments.
5. Creativity Coaching is Great for Travel
Creative People often find themselves on the road. Whether you are a traveling musician, working between galleries, on the road for inspo, making connections, or otherwise beholden to an inconsistent or fluid schedule, shorter virtual sessions and asynchronous check-ins work on your time.
6. Work Break Compatible Coaching
Out of steam when you get home from a long work day? Lunch break can be a much better time to fit in appointments. Yet, traditional 60-minute coaching and counseling sessions don’t leave you enough time for this option. A compact, 30-minute session, is the right length to focus on yourself in more ways than one!
7. Creative, Introvert-Friendly Coaching
Counseling and coaching is personal, and it can be hard talking to a stranger about your life. Breaking down barriers such as the traditional “60-minute office setting” makes it easier for introverts to work in counseling and coaching. Start your counseling and coaching journey from the comfort of your own surroundings, with shorter live sessions, and send your thoughts electronically. More comfort, less pressure.
8. Budget-Conscious Coaching
Pay only for the sessions you need, and use only the time that you need. Don’t get stuck in the traditional rut of paying for 60 minutes when 30 will do. If you need more time, book your next session for longer. No extra sessions, time, or fluff.
9. Time-Saving Coaching for Creatives
Creative People are busy people, and time is your most precious resource! While an hour of time weekly may feel daunting, the flexibility of 30-minute live sessions along with asynchronous check-ins may be just what you need for your busy life.
10. Targeted Coaching for Creative People
Specifically created for Creative Personalities, this is expert knowledge and care that will help you thrive, and make meaningful changes
11. Goal Tracking: Part of Your Creativity Coaching
When you use asynchronous sessions, you have a record of your work you can go back to, anytime
12. Use Your Creativity Coaching Anytime
Having 3 am thoughts? Use your asynchronous support. Ready for a quick productive session? 30 minutes of a targeted virtual session over lunch is perfect for that!
13. Coaching for Creative People, Anywhere
Anywhere you have a device with connectivity, a camera, and a microphone, you can have a session.
14. Asynchronous Coaching Supports Your Creative Needs
Send your thoughts, homework, progress, questions, and updates in between live sessions.
Get Started with Creativity Coaching Services Today
1) Book a Free Consult. All new clients to Creatively, LLC are entitled to a 15 min, free consultation to sit with me and discuss your needs, the services available, and we can problem solve and hand-pick the best next steps to help you succeed.
2) Book a 30 min/ asynchronous check-in coaching package. Are ready for change and in need of support? The Intro Creativity Coaching Package may be exactly what you need, and nothing that you don't. The Intro Creativity Coaching Package offers 30 min sessions, as well as asynchronous support.
3) Join my community of Artists. This is a Free, Online Community of Artists where you can build support, accountability, and a network of Creative People as a stepping stone towards reconnecting and committing to your authentic, creative self.
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is a Creativity Coach, Creativity Counselor and Professional Artist in Sykesville, Maryland. She provides Online Creativity Counseling in Maryland and Virginia, and Online Creativity Coaching throughout the USA, Canada and the UK.
The information provided in this blog is from my own clinical experiences and training. It is intended to supplement your clinical care. Never make major life changes before consulting with your treatment team. If you are unsure of your safety or wellbeing, do not hesitate to get help immediately.