It’s never a great feeling for creatives to handle too much stress all at once. This only leads to further anxiety and feelings of failure.
And yet, most highly creative people naturally experience large amounts of stress.
In this article, we will be going over the best ways successful creatives handle stress, so you can try their methods.
Simply put, it all comes down to setting a positive mindset and acknowledging mistakes. The more you do to counter stress, the less anxious you will feel as a creative individual.
Why Is It Hard to Deal With a Burnout?
When dealing with a burnout, you can feel physically and mentally exhausted. This can often fill you with negative energy and promote a sense of failure, which can be devastating.
However, a burnout also serves as a sign from your mind and body that it’s time to take a break. Although it may be hard to stay positive during a burnout, keeping a calm mindset will help you overcome it.
What to Do When Experiencing a Burnout
Everyone goes through a burnout at some point or another, which can involve exhaustion, lack of focus, frustration, stress, and a variety of health problems.
However, there are plenty of things you can do to counter a burnout and keep moving forward. Below, we will be talking about the most common ways you can move past a burnout and better prevent them in the future.
1. Relax, Breathe, and Take It Easy
A burnout begins when you start feeling stressed and anxious. To help prevent this from happening, allow yourself a few moments each day to take it easy and relax.
This is an often overlooked yet vital component to your physical and mental health, and one of the best ways to relax is to do a five minute meditation session.
That’s right. Focus on your breath for a mere five minutes and you’ll feel much more relaxed.
Since it’s only five minutes, you’ll have fewer excuses not to do it and it will fit into even the busiest of days.
2. Make Sleep a Top Priority
Sleep is incredibly important to healthier functioning every day. Lacking high quality, deep sleep is one of the biggest factors to causing stress, which can lead to a burnout.
Even if you are having a hard time sleeping, lying in bed can help relax your mind and body, possibly easing you into a much-needed rest.
3. Say No (Way) More Often
Whether you like it or not, successful people have mastered saying the word no. Many enjoy using this word to help prevent potential burnouts, especially in particularly stressful settings.
However, the majority of people can feel too intimidated or scared to say no and end up falling into a burnout. Do yourself a favour and start saying the word ‘no’ more often — it will help you more than you think.
Though technology has made our lives easier in a lot of ways, it can also increase the amount of stress people feel on a daily basis.
When we have access to everything all the time, it can be too tempting to continue checking your messages and take your work home with you.
But the fact is, constantly checking your messages causes your brain to be overstimulated, which can result in dopamine deficiency. If you feel totally unmotivated, mildly depressed, or like your creativity has reached an end, those are signs that you may be deficient in dopamine and it’s time to step away from the screens for a while.
To limit stress, try disconnecting and unplugging from your devices. Turn off your phone, resist the urge to check your email, and put away your laptop. Leave your work in the office.
5. Focus on Your Top Priorities
Oftentimes, stress stems from neglected priorities. Have you not been prioritizing your home life, relationships, or well-being? Remind yourself of what really matters in life and what is most important to you.
Successful creatives are aware that their happiness is just as, if not more important than, work, and that happiness shouldn’t be ignored. By trying to achieve a good balance in your life, you can alter your whole outlook and prevent stress from bringing you down.
6. Forest Bathing
A lot of highly successful creatives deal with their stress by taking long walks in nature. Some even take this practice to heart by aimlessly wandering through the forest, an activity known as “forest bathing”.
While the concept of “going for a walk” outside may seem like an obvious remedy to older generations, new research around forest bathing reveals a long list of incredible cognitive benefits.
7. Get in Touch With Your Feelings
One of the best ways to keep burnouts from happening in the future is to recognize the emotions that come before them. Take note of the emotions associated with stress and attempt to steer yourself away from them before the true burnout sets in.
Don’t simply repress these suppressed emotions. Identify them, then face your stress, fatigue, and demotivation head on in order to fully release them and remove the control they have over your behaviour and mood.
8. Take Responsibility for Yourself
It is rather tempting to push the blame for how you are feeling onto others. However, truly successful people know how to take responsibility for themselves and their reactions.
This does not mean you should waste your time blaming yourself for your stress, but rather, work toward changing the way you see anxiety. You have control over your situation.
9. Work Out
Try scheduling time to exercise on a daily basis. In the middle of a total burnout, this is one of the best things you can do. Both the mental and physical fatigue that accompany stress can make this difficult.
However, exercising releases endorphins that can reduce this tiredness and limit stress. Doing something as simple as stretching outside for 20 minutes can make all the difference and give you some necessary clarity about whatever is stressing you.
10. Adjust Your Attitude
The area where successful people truly differ from everyone else is in their attitude. We, as humans, can easily fall into a spiral of negative emotions that can quickly get out of control and only make us feel worse.
Though the presence of stress cannot be changed, what can be changed is your mindset. Instead of focusing on the negative, try to think of the positives.
Tell yourself that you can make the changes to get over this anxiety and ask yourself what you can learn from the experience. This is the best way to move forward quickly.
8 Incredible Reasons Witch Hazel Should Be Added To Your Medicine Cabinet
- The Facts:
There are many harmful chemicals lurking in most personal care products. There are enough natural alternatives out there, such as witch hazel that could eliminate your need to use these chemical-containing products at all.
- Reflect On:
How important is it for you to limit the number of harmful chemicals that you, your family and the environment are exposed to?
Witch Hazel is an ancient Native American remedy for a wide variety of ailments and people are starting to see why. Generally, in stores, we see witch hazel available in a clear liquid form in a bottle, but prior to that, it starts off as a shrub with yellow flowers.
There are two ways of getting the extract from the witch hazel bark, one as a distillation, this is commonly found in stores and generally has alcohol added to act as a preservative, or as a decoction. Many herbalists agree that the decoction method is superior because it makes a more concentrated version which means higher levels of tannins, which is the component that gives witch hazel its superior astringent properties. The distilled version is more shelf-stable, but just be aware of the alcohol that’s added, as some are sensitive to this.
Witch hazel can typically be used in the place of alcohol for treatment of many different skin irritations. It is recognized worldwide as a natural cleanser and toner, it’s clear that this product is absolutely great for the skin, so what benefits does it provide?
1. Clear Up Acne
A study, which was published in the Journal of Aesthetic and Clinical Dermatology showed that Witch Hazel was one of the most effective acne treatments out of 52 tested products.
This liquid can slow bacterial growth, speed up healing of scabs and reduce inflammation, redness, oil production and even the development of blackheads and whiteheads.
2. Protect From Skin Cancer
A study that was published in Chemical Research in Toxicology found that the polyphenols and tannins found naturally in witch hazel reduced the number of free radicals and stopped the growth of melanoma cells.
3. Cleanse Hair & Hydrate Dry Scalp
Witch Hazel is a common ingredient in many homemade, all-natural shampoos. It can reduce oil build up on the hair, which could leave your hair clean, shiny and potentially add more volume.
According to this study, witch hazel was able to reduce symptoms of a dry, itchy and irritated scalp.
4. Reduce Degenerative Effects Of The Skin
Because of the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of witch hazel, it can help to protect collagen and the skin’s elasticity. This provides a super cheap alternative to many of the expensive wrinkle creams, cleansers and toners out there. Try mixing Witch Hazel with vitamin E oil and some herbs or flowers such as rose or lavender for your very own home-made anti-aging serum.
5. A Useful Addition To Homemade Baby Wipes
If you are someone who is crafty, economical and practical then the idea of homemade baby wipes might be exciting for you. Witch Hazel is a perfectly safe ingredient to use in homemade wipes to wipe your babies bum clean. This is a great alternative to whatever chemicals may be lurking in those store-bought wipes. Making your own is also much better for the environment as homemade wipes don’t come packed in plastic.
6. Heal Stretch Marks?
Some claim that a witch hazel spray applied directly onto stretch marks once a day can help to eliminate the appearance of stretch marks. It’s so simple so at least it’s worth a try, considering it assists with inflammation and scarring this only makes sense.
7. Itch Remedy
Witch Hazel can be an excellent remedy for anything from bug bites, to eczema to chickenpox and poison ivy. You can put some in a spray bottle and add a few drops of lavender essential oil and find relief next time you or your children have an itch that scratching won’t help.
8. Heal Mouth Sores & Freshen Breath
Canker sores, bit lip or cheek? Simply swish some witch hazel around your mouth to help reduce irritation. This is also a great natural mouthwash that can help freshen breath. You can add a drop or peppermint essential oil for a more powerful fresh feeling, just be careful not to swallow.
All Natural Products, All The Way
With so many all-natural alternatives to our everyday products, one might begin to wonder why we even use mainstream store-bought products that are laden with chemicals and preservatives in the first place? It seems that the plant kingdom has a remedy for almost anything that ails us; it’s just that a lot of this knowledge has been lost and unfortunately it’s not a focal point for most manufacturers. Aside from countless recipes for natural homemade personal care and cleaning products online, some retailers are starting to understand our desire to eliminate chemicals from our lives and offer many alternatives, which are generally found at health food stores.
Study Reveals Popular Vaccine “May Kill More Children From Other Causes Than It Saves”
- The Facts:
Multiple studies have shown and emphasized that the DTP vaccine may actually kill more children than it protects from DTP. This is one of the latest to show it, known as the Mogensen study.
- Reflect On:
Reflect on the fact that this information is never really brought up within the mainstream medical community. All it takes is one CDC study to "debunk" several studies that show opposite results. What's really going on here? Is our health a priority?
There are numerous vaccine safety issues. It can boggle your mind how health authorities and pharmaceutical companies can deem them to be completely safe, necessary, and responsible for saving millions of lives. When people hear this, they usually just believe it without ever looking into it and doing their research, and don’t realize they are only presented with one side of the story. If you have 100 studies raising an issue with a vaccine, all it takes is one study from the CDC to say it’s safe, and that’s the research medical associations dish out to doctors as well as medical schools. After all, the pharmaceutical companies are the ones paying for the whole shebang; what they say, goes.
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.” – Richard Horton, current Editor-in-chief of The Lancet
One example would be the vaccine ingredients themselves. Heavy metals, like aluminum and mercury, have been added to vaccines for approximately 100 years without any appropriate safety testing. Numerous studies point this out. You can access some of those studies and see some examples here.
Fast forward to 2017: researchers have now identified, in animal models, that the aluminum from a vaccine does not exit the body like aluminum from, let’s say, our food; it actually stays in the body, travels to distant organs and eventually ends up in the brain. Not only that, researchers also found some of the highest brain aluminum content ever measured in autopsies of the brains of people who were autistic.
You can read more about that and access those studies in the articles linked below:
It is simply no longer possible to believe…or to rely on the judgement of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine. – Dr. Marcia Angell
Questioning Vaccine Safety Is Suppressed
With all of these issues, why is there such a harsh reaction to questioning vaccine safety? Why can’t a doctor or professor keep their job if they question vaccine safety? Isn’t science about openly questioning? The day we stop questioning, when there are clearly multiple concerns and questions to be asked and addressed, is the day we abandon the possibility of doing real science.
“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” – Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard professor of medicine and former Editor in Chief of The New England Medical Journal (source)
The issue here is, vaccines are marketed as completely safe, and anybody who questions vaccines is made out to look crazy, dumb, or unscientific. This couldn’t’ be further from the truth, and there are a number of valid reasons why parents should not be forced to vaccinate their child.
The DTP Vaccine
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has long been a vocal critic of the lack of scientifically-based vaccine testing:
The public in both poor and rich countries has a right to scientifically-based evidence that international vaccine programs are as safe as possible and that they have been thoroughly safety-tested. The best metrics for measuring safety are studies comparing health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated cohorts. Yet, both the CDC and the WHO have aggressively discouraged the pursuit of such studies. – RFK Jr.
He wrote an article that goes into more detail about the DTP vaccine, it’s history, and what the current research suggests. It is becoming difficult to avoid the conclusion that the DTP vaccine is causing more harm than good.
In the video below, I go into more detail about the DTP vaccine. HERE is the study I reference in the video.
Simple Exercises To Help Reverse Damage Caused From Excessive Sitting
- The Facts:
In our modern lifestyle, we are sitting too much and for too long periods of time. This level of sedentary lifestyle is not natural for our bodies and could lead to very serious health issues if we do not address this issue.
- Reflect On:
How could you be more active throughout your regular day to reduce the impacts of sitting too much? Can you make some of these simple excises a daily habit to help limit the damages of sitting?
If you are here and reading this, chances are you have a job that involves long periods of sitting, and most likely staring at a screen. This has become the norm in our modern society and because our bodies are designed to move, to stretch and well, basically to be used, sitting for extended periods of time is causing us some serious damage. Some people are going as far as to say that sitting is the new smoking.
Have you experienced those moments when you finally get up from a sitting position and your butt is completely numb? Excessive sitting causes your legs and hips to become tight and leaves your glutes completely inactive, which does nothing to strengthen these areas. Then there is the dreaded slouch over the desk and computer that could be ruining your posture as well.
Think about how our society was before the industrial revolution, stock market and even recently with the invention of the computer. Us humans were tending our own gardens, washing and hanging our own clothes, we didn’t have cars and were, by default, much more active than we are today. We didn’t even have couches to sit on at the end of the day or more screens, in various shapes and sizes to stare at whilst sitting. It is straight up unnatural for our bodies to spend so much time being inactive and we are starting to see the consequences.
However, having awareness is the first step towards change, and there are some simple ways that you can begin to undo the damage that is caused by sitting. So without further a due, here are 7 simple exercises you can do now to reduce the damage caused by sitting.
Sit Less & Move More
Prevention is the best remedy. By simply being aware of how much you are sitting, you can begin to negate its effects. Whenever possible stand up, go for a little walk around the office, perhaps a little stretch or plank while you’re at it. To remind yourself to do this you can set a timer to go off every 30-60 minutes.
Consider using a standing desk perhaps to keep you on your feet and activating your muscles for longer, although you will still want to ensure you are incorporating some movement, as standing for hours on end is not necessarily good for you and your body either. A friend suggested a great idea to me once, which was to drink plenty of water. This will force you to get up often, not only to get more water but to also relive your bladder, this sounds silly, but it totally works. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with staying hydrated!
Stretch Out Those Hips
If you are really tight, the following exercises may be difficult at first, don’t push it only go to your level of comfort. With time you will gain the flexibility to go deeper as it will get easier after a while.
Nothing like some good old-fashioned squats to engage your glutes and your legs. Stand up tall, have the feet about hip width apart and facing a little bit outwards, bend down so your knees are at about a 45-degree angle, come up and flex your glutes when you do. Repeat 10 times to start, increasing every time you do this.
This is a classic move that you may already know if you’ve ever taken a yoga class. If you haven’t — no sweat, it’s a fairly simple exercise. Stand up straight and bend over, place your hands in front of you on the ground and slowly walk them out. If you are on your tiptoes for this, that’s totally fine, you want your body to be in a “V” shape. Hold this pose for 10 – 15 seconds at first, then increase the duration as you get comfortable. To come out of this position, walk your hands slowly back to your feet than stand up tall. You may be able to eventually have your feet flat on the ground as you do this, but it may take some time to achieve this.
The plank position is great for whole body strength. Simply get into a standard push up position, or rest your elbows on the floor, ensure your back is flat, like a plank and hold for 20 seconds to start. Over time, you can increase the duration of this exercise. It is an excellent way to strengthen the core and gets your legs and glutes involved as well.
Lay on your back on the ground, bring your legs up so your feet are about 1 foot away from your butt, place your hands flat on the floor and begin to raise your pelvis off the ground. Repeat 20 times, ensuring to flex those glutes every time you lift up. As this becomes easier, increase the number of repetitions.
Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you. To start, bring in your right knee and cross your foot across your left leg, hug your right leg into your body while sitting up straight. Hold this pose for 10 seconds then switch legs. As this becomes easier you can move on the
Start this exercise by finding something to hold onto for balance. Start by swinging your right leg backward and forwards as high and as far back as feels comfortable to you. Repeat 20 times then switch legs.
Next up is side to side leg swings. Keep holding onto something for balance and swing your right leg out to the side as high as is comfortable and then in front of you towards your left as far as you can. Again, do 20 swings then switch legs. You may repeat if you are feeling especially tight.
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