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The antidote to anxiety

The antidote to anxiety is creativity.

Just like the antidote to confusion is action. 

When we pull ourselves out of our heads and take action with our physical body to create something, we so fully inhabit the present moment that there’s no room for anxiety and confusion.

{Note: Obviously, I’m not talking about clinical anxiety here. That requires treatment.}

Anxiety is always about the past or the future.

(And note that it’s some imagined future that we worry about. But the statistical likelihood of only bad things happening in the future is pretty low. Good things are coming our way too. We hardly ever think about that!)

I invite you to try this today.

If you’re feeling anxious, set your timer for half an hour and go make something.

Make it low-stakes.

If you’ve been dreaming of writing The Great American Novel for the past ten years, now is not the time to start it.

Doodle on a piece of scrap paper.

Cut up old magazines and make a collage.

Borrow your kid’s coloring book and color.

If you want to get crazy, add in some other sensory pleasures: light a scented candle, play some relaxing music, brew a cup of your favorite coffee. 

I dare you to actually DO this.

And if you’re in a swirl of there’s-so-much-to-do-how-am-I-going-to-get-it-all-done, I can guarantee you that this half-hour will make you more settled and more productive.

Plus you’ll feel better. 

Create. Play. Enjoy.

P.S. If writing is the form of creativity that gives you the tingles, then my Write Yourself Free membership community is for you. It’s like the opposite of writing school – it’s writing unschool. And half the women in there said to me, “I’m not a writer, but …” If you’re “not a writer, but…” you wish you were or you’ve always dreamed of writing or you have ideas and don’t know how to begin, then you belong inside. Join Write Yourself Free here for just $35/month.

May 15, 2020

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