Howdy, Creative Cats! I’m back in it’s great seeing you again. I wanted to kind of do a follow-up to my previous video, which was “When depression blocks creativity” because I think I actually failed to touch on something that was really important that helps me in that video and that is using the obstacle that you’re facing as the source, or means, for your creativity. because it’s really easy to get hung up on whatever that is that you think you should be doing when something in front of you, like the current feelings that you’re facing, may actually be more potential of Inspiration or a better source to create really rich images or inspiration from in creating your art. So, I just kind of wanted to touch on that and for me what happened was like I mentioned before is I wanted to do a video on perfection paralysis and I wanted to , like, do a script and kind of have this whole concept of it in my head and how it would turn out. But it turns out that I really was not interested and doing that. It was kind of like I was daunted by the task of writing the script, and you know, memorizing it. And to say the least I was uninspired or not motivated by doing that. So what I did was I decided to forego the script in part because I wanted to try something different. I wanted to make it easier on myself, and I wanted to experience Experiment with a type of video that I found was interesting, and is available on the internet that I found myself connecting to. And I kind of wanted to provide my viewers with a similar experience. But it ended up making the process of creation easier for me because I wasn’t so bogged down on how I wanted my project to be and turn out. Maybe it was a case of perfection paralysis. Maybe I let go of, you know, having the perfect idea for that perfection paralysis video and it just made it easier for myself. But I also changed the method in which I decided to create so again instead of creating a script I went off script and, like I am doing right now. And I kind of made myself vulnerable because it’s not necessarily something that I’m comfortable doing with doing because I like scripts. I like kind of creating something ahead of time and seeing how it’ll come together and visioning all the pieces and then piecing it together. Not only is it Does it provide kind of, like, an avenue to follow but it’s really fun piecing it together and then seeing how it turns out. I mean like I’m not obviously abandoning that all together, but I think that being flexible and trying different things is helpful. It’s healthy and It helps you be more flexible when you come into blocks like depression. Even if your block is a depression, maybe being a little bit flexible will help you in whatever it is that you’re faced if it’s perfectionism. If it’s time. Just be a little bit flexible with your expectations and the goals that you want to have. And then maybe you’ll create something completely different that people end up liking. And it turns out that a lot of people actually likes me going off script. To my surprise. They thought it was more engaging rather than less engaging and I guess that makes sense. Like, if someone’s genuinely talking to you it probably It probably is more of a something that you can get into. But for me, I really do like those really stylized videos. But anyway, I digress. I also kind of wanted to talk about something that I noticed just in myself that I’m not sure if other creators will notice as well. that Sometimes if depression is indeed a block that you face often it can become a feeling that you’re really really used to and It’s almost like you don’t want to shake that feeling. so I noticed like I had to the other day. I had to I push myself to get up and go for a walk and Just focus on something else and when I did that I found myself kind of stopping and taking nature and or what-have-you, but when I stopped, I also noticed that my feelings would kind of increase in intensity. And Maybe this has to do with unfocused attention. I’m not too sure. I mean, I’m in psychology, but I’m in first year, so I don’t know that much yet, but Yeah, maybe it has to do with unfocused attention and kind of having your attention engaged in your your motor activity when you’re walking. and it provides sort of a distraction for you. And that your emotions maybe are not so intense. But I noticed that it’s really easy to be kind of like addicted perhaps to that feeling of being sad. Not that there’s anything wrong with being used to that feeling because I mean if it’s your your homeostasis, it’s what you’re used to I mean anything else might feel foreign but just to remind yourself that you’re feeling that or even making the effort to notice when that’s happening is really important I think and might be able to help you. To redirect your attention. It also happens to me in meditation where you know, you’ll notice that your mind is wandering or you’ll notice that You’re kind of clinging to a feeling what have you and It’s really really difficult. It takes a quite a bit of self-control to to not want to cling to that feeling and just stick to it. So Maybe noticing that that’s there if other people face the same thing, I mean I could be totally unique in this. I don’t know. But I found that that noticing that and maybe just working to Redirect the attention when that happens Could be helpful. I mean, it’s not something that you have to do like a big task when you’re changing your attention. You could pick something really simple as noticing something in your environment and Doing a simple exercise or asking yourself a mental question. To kind of like get the cogs in your head going and focusing on something external instead of being so in in your head. Another thing that I didn’t mention in my previous video was that I think music really helps me but Sad music also really helps as well. And I actually looked into this because I wanted to know why. Why sad music? You think that it might be the opposite I mean sometimes happy music really does help as well I mean, it just depends on where you’re at, but Apparently it helps with Mood regulation and that’s why a lot of teenagers listen to music and sad music or angsty music. Because it does help with emotional regulation and it seems to help empaths a lot, too because– I believe, and I might be misunderstanding this. That it helps you objectify your thoughts, or view your thoughts objectively. And I think it also moves you through whatever it is that you’re going through. I need to take a look at the study a little bit more and I’ll get back to you or if you leave a question in the comments saying that you’re interested and I’ll make sure to get you that information. Something that someone else mentioned to me that I think was really interesting, Anthony Metivier, which I’ve mentioned in a previous video and I’ll post a link in the description below to his channel. Um, is to do cognitive exercises. He specifically mentions doing memory exercises. So working on a memory palace Working with images to remember things and check out his channel if you’re interested in how to do that because he gives you gives a whole rundown with many different videos. But I think that other exercises can be good too. I mean this morning, for instance. I started doing an exercise where I would ask myself to come up with five different instances of a word of a four-letter word that starts with C B or J and just doing that was helpful for me. And I think the idea behind this is that you’re kind of you’re getting the executive function of your brain working. So, the cognitive processes. And your strengthening them. And I know that self-control is a really fundamental part of many mental illnesses so it strengthens that. When you use your cognitive processes. So doing little exercises like that can really help with depression — over time. I mean it’s not gonna be an immediate cure, but I think the idea is that you over time that you you develop habits and through those habits. And You’re developing your pathways. So, you’re you’re creating basically like grooves in your brain to become stronger that it’s easier to access Those resources and bringing functions or processes When you need them so that they become automatic like It’s just like anything training a muscle, cliche image, The more you use it the better it will be the more that you try. To work on your mental health the better it will be I mean, there’s no cure-all and I know that it’s very all-consuming. I don’t want to downplay how difficult it can be because I know how difficult it can be. And But if you want to improve it it’s something that you can definitely improve and your creativity will benefit as a result. One of my previous commentaries mentioned about like productivity and creativity and output is you know, really emphasized and that’s not inherently bad, but I think sometimes he was right that we do kind of Overemphasize those things. Sometimes it’s okay to be okay with not creating or producing, or being productive in any way. And just being. So yeah, starting small the reason I mentioned, you know, like simple cognitive exercises, like coming up with different four-letter words that start with the Letter J, for example. It’s really small. It’s something that works for me because I can get, if I’m in a depressive state, I’m Not motivated at all. It can be difficult to, you know, want to do anything. Motivation is a huge thing. So if you can just like pick a bite-sized Project. Like, not anything huge by any means but something, you know, really really small to just kind of get you started. Just showing up. You know, like sometimes if it’s reading and you want to develop… Like for me, I wanted to develop a more concrete like carved out time to read books. It’s going okay, by the way. I would just — sometimes it was like, okay, I can’t read that much right now like I’m not in the mood for it, but I Would just show up and on those tough days. I’d be like “I’ll read a sentence.” “I’ll read a page,” you know? And just doing that just getting the ritual down just Having it become part of your routine should, Not always, should make it a little bit easier to establish long-term. And I think That’s everything that I wanted to mention. I’m really not good at these like Off-the-cuff videos, so please forgive me. I hope with time I will be able to deliver them a little bit better, but thank you for bearing with me. And remember that health is a big important bit important element of mental health and and creativity. You want to take care of your body Your mind- it’s all connected. So Journaling is a great way to Kind of get your thoughts out there as well. Mind mapping! That’s one that I’ve been doing recently is kind of mind mapping your ideas. I really find that That just works for me. Like, getting your thoughts out on paper. Drawing things and like connecting things. It really helps to like get me out of my Own head, but also it like sparks ideas. It kind of gets you thinking in different directions, and I found that really helpful. So I recommend trying that if you can. And if you’re facing a block with any sort of mental health issue, and if you have any questions, Or you want to chat, just leave a comment in the comments below. Let me know what you’re thinking. I want to hear from you as always, and keep this creative conversation going ,so. My name is Sarah. If you have any more questions, if you want to participate in creative conversations, consider subscribing. And until next time make stuff that matters. Bye.