Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions in the world. It is estimated that around 8 million people in the UK are experiencing some form of anxiety disorder right now. Interestingly, there seems to be a link between creativity and anxiety – many creatives suffer from anxious thoughts and feelings. So why are creatives more prone to anxiety? And what can they do to free themselves from it?
Why are creatives more prone to anxiety?
Creative minds are brilliant; they possess the power to see things differently. This is what allows them to be so successful in their field, whether it’s art, music, design, fashion or any other creative industry. But the same imagination that is key to their success is also what makes them more prone to anxiety.
Anxiety is simply nothing more than a misuse of the imagination, which is where creativity stems from. When we get anxious, we are merely projecting an imagined outcome at some unknown future point.
Anxious thoughts are often driven by ‘what if’ scenarios. What if I can’t finish this project on time? What if my work isn’t good enough? What if I fail? Creative minds are constantly asking themselves these questions, which can lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed or stressed.
It’s easy to get bogged down by the negativity of these anxious thoughts, but unless you can see the future, then this worrying is futile. It’s a skill which we can get very good at, but it brings nothing of real, lasting value.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. It’s incredibly annoying when someone tells you to stop worrying or cheer up, but there are strategies you can implement that will help.
How can creative minds free themselves from anxiety?
There are a few things that creative minds can do to try and combat anxious thoughts. The first is to be aware of them. Once you recognise that your thoughts are just your imagination running wild, it’s easier to control them.
The second is to live in the present moment as much as possible. This means trying not to project unwanted fears about the future.
And finally, it’s important to find an outlet for your creativity. This could be through writing, painting, or any other form of self-expression. Distraction can help you dispel the thoughts that induce anxiety.
Why do people suffer from anxiety?
Anxiety is the symptom; it’s the result of worrying over things. However, anxiety is usually the result of something deeper in your subconscious. The unresolved past if you like.
For example, a shy and withdrawn person may be harbouring feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. These negative thoughts will feed into the anxiety, making it worse.
Conversely, creative people tend to be more imaginative. This can sometimes lead to anxious thoughts, as they are constantly exploring different possibilities in their mind.
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) regulates body processes that don’t require conscious effort. You can find out more about that here. Put simply, though, anxiety is usually a symptom of ignoring signals from your ANS for too long. It knows when things aren’t right and tries to alert you.
Charles often works with people struggling with anxiety to get to the root cause and eliminate it, restoring balance to the ANS and his client’s lives. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool in healing the subconscious. If you’d like to book a free 15-minute consultation to have a chat, use the button below.