How to use your emotions to be creative

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To use our emotions to be creative, we need to face them first. Most of us are experts at hiding our feelings. We know exactly how to shut them off and how to distract ourselves from it. We watch tv or do other things to keep us occupied.

However, there needs to be a balance. After all, we need to fearlessly face and express these deep feelings, without letting them lower our energy.

So, how do you do this?

  • First, know that your feelings are normal to have,
  • Second, face these feelings and admit them to yourself. You will diminish their strength once you do so. Don’t be scared about facing any hidden secret about yourself because you won’t. We all have the same insecurities, hopes and desires and
  • lastly, be gentle with yourself, love yourself. You are doing the best you can.
    Hold the intention that you help others to face and support their own insecurities when you express yours artistically.

Observe your emotions with compassion and notice them. Ask yourself what lessons did you learn from any negative feeling and let go of the old. Take it a step further and say thank you to the lessons learned. It is essential to use our emotions to express it in our art. Don’t judge yourself. Accept yourself the way you are as you are exactly where you need to be right now.

What to do if you suffer from anxiety and stress?

In case you deal with stress and anxiety, take physical actions, go dancing or go for a run or whatever resonates with you. Change your motion, which changes your emotions. Physical activities help us to discharge pent-up anxiety and other vulnerable feelings. Try to do yoga, going for a walk, journaling, singing, swimming or dancing. This will help you to express and release your emotions.

How do you access your emotions?

Good question, to access your emotions, I invite you do practice a meditation exercise.

Take some time to sit quietly, get in a comfortable position. You may want to sit with a straight spine or lay down. Start breathing slowly. Use the 5-5-7 method: 5 inhale, 5 holds, and 7 exhale. Repeat this for at least 10 times. Notice how you calm down. Notice where exactly you feel the tension in your body. Be curious to yourself. Ask your body: “Why are you tense?” Notice any thoughts and feelings or even vision coming up. Don’t judge, just sit back, observe and notice. Stay in the moment and only see the story. Go deeper and feel the emotions. Does it feel empty, fearful, worry, a sense of searching for something missing or does shame or guilt come up for you?

Notice your heart rate. Is it slow or fast? Did you feel any sensations in your chest area? Ask your heart: “How are you feeling?” If the thoughts you come up tell you about troublesome situations, interview your heart about it: “How do you feel about this situation?”

Notice, that there is no need to fix anything right now, just take the information. Is your inner voice telling you to express your feelings in a creative project?

When you are done with the meditation, write everything down what came up for you.  What were the lessons you learned? Is your body telling you to rest, have a break or to change a specific habit? What came up for you?

Now, I discovered my emotions, what do I do next?

Express those emotions in your creative work and then let it go. Those emotions and feelings will grow if we don’t deal with them. So put those feelings into your creative art which then will help others too. Have an honest conversation with yourself and let go of worries and fears. Feel free to redo this mediation when you feel you need it.

I think I need help, what do I do?

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The power of positive thinking

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Nowadays everybody talks about positive thinking but what are the benefits of it and what does it really mean. How do you think positively? Can you just press the button and there you go? Well, it is not that simple.

A positive mindset focusses on the bright side in life. People who are positive, seem to have more energy and attract a lot of other positive people around them; they are optimistic. On the other hand there are negative thinking or pessimistic people. They are mostly perceived as being toxic and people stay away from them. Have you ever been in a situation where you had a great and happy day until you catch up with your ‘negative’ friend. After that you go home feeling depressed?

Having a positive mindset is very powerful and has a great impact on our health:

It reduces stress. We all know that stress makes us sick, so being positive improves our health.  We are dealing with stress situation in  a more effective way. We are staying focussed and positive about an outcome which helps us in dealing with it in a calm manner.

When being positive our voice becomes more powerful and our body language shows the way we feel.

Positive people get more physical activity, such as exercising or dancing, they follow a healthier diet, don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess. Some health benefits could be connected to them:

  • people with a positive mind live longer
  • they are unlikely to suffer from depression
  • they show lower levels of distress
  • having greater resistance to the common cold
  • better psychological and physical well-being
  • reduced risk of getting cardiovascular disease
  • coping better during hardships and stressful times

Positive minds are attracting positive things in life. It seems that everything is just flowing without greater effort.

What actually does it mean to be positive, what exactly do we have to do:

  • It starts with our self-talk. How many times do we realise that we stop believing in ourselves and started the doubt talk…”oh I am sure I won’t be able to achieve that…they don’t want me…’I am not good enough….etc”. I am sure we all do sometimes. That’s were we need to step in. Believe in yourself. You can do and achieve everything you put your mindset to. In order to start the positive self talk, use positive words such as I can do it; I will do it, there is an opportunity and get rid of ‘no’, ‘not’, ‘cannot’ etc.
  • Believing in everything happens for a reason: Sometimes things happen in our life which makes us feel unsettled and upset. Once you start believing in ‘everything happens for a reason’ you will see it from a positive point of view. You might not find out immediately what the reason was but in the end you will. Don’t get too upset and instead look at the bride side. Maybe it was not meant to be. For example in case you lost your job due to redundancies in your firm it could have been a good thing for you. Maybe you didn’t like that job anyways and you would have stayed there forever being unhappy because you are afraid of changes. Sometimes we need that push from the outside in order to follow our real purpose in life and finding happiness.
  • Having a sense of humour helps. Instead of getting mad at certain situations, it is good to laugh about it. That way we create positivity and it might not be as bad anymore. Sure we all have been in situations where you wait at the airport and the plane is getting delayed for hours. It might be annoying at that stage but once you have a laugh about it you feel better. When I was in South America I experienced it quite frequently. However, we started joking about it, laughed and felt good. Have a cup of coffee and chill out.
  • Exercising increases the level of endorphins in your body which leaves you with a happy feeling.
  • Listen to your favourite music and sing (if you are like me and you cannot sing then only sing where nobody can hear you:))
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Stay away from negative, toxic friends.

Positive minds attract good things. Nevertheless you still might have to encounter unpleasant situations in your life but the way how you deal with it makes the difference. With a positive approach you see the good in everything, you learn your  lessons in life, improve and move on.

Remember after rain is always sunshine and where there is a dark side there is always a bright side. You just need to open your eyes.

Always look on the bright side.

orchid in the rain
Even in the dark you can see the light