If you’re driven to be creative and productive, as I am, you may suffer from stress at times.

In one of the chapters of his new book “Making Your Creative Mark,” Eric Maisel writes about how the creative life can be an ongoing source of stress – if we interpret or frame it as such.

He explains, “A stressor is anything, positive or negative, that makes a demand on us. Stress is our body’s physical and psychological reaction to those demands – on the physical level, it is a buildup of chemicals that keeps increasing as the stress persists. The stress buildup is the reaction, and the demand (or stressor) is the cause.”

But, he continues, “The demand can actually be positive.”

“No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

Martha Graham

For many gifted and creative people, this “blessed unrest” may also help maintain the kind of chronic arousal that leads to harmful stress reactions.

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Much of the writing and advice on creative expression and enhancing creativity – including this book [Developing Multiple Talents] – focuses on the inner journey of the individual.But creating happens in a social context, and often depends on inspiration and support from others, on finding an audience, and getting financing from publishers and producers. Creative work impacts other people, even worldwide.

But being creative can also be inhibited by others…

George Orwell chose to write “Nineteen Eighty-Four” while living in Barnhill (1946-1949), an abandoned farmhouse on the isle of Jura in the Inner Hebrides.


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