Crisis of Meaning: Creative People Lost
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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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.