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How to Tackle Your Creative Anxiety

I wrote a guest blog post and illustration for The Artistic Engineer. Anxiety and stress are our natural responses, we just need to learn to listen to them and channel them into our creativity. Science tells us this. There have been links between stress relief and creativity.

Some of you probably think you’re not creative, and at the same time you create your life every day. How do you manage your anxiety when creating?

5 Steps to Tackle Your Creative Anxiety

 

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Brian E. Young

I'm a graphic designer (portfolio), classical pianist and artist in Baltimore, MD. I host the Uncanny Creativity Podcast helping to demystify the creative process and creator of Funlooksfun.com, an online shop for apparel and games. Twitter: @sketchee

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