to describe those who are inclined to take care of their responsibilities before anything else.
“If life were a meal, you’d consider your creativity as the dessert, and always strive to eat your vegetables first.
Creativity coach Eric Maisel calls this our “existential intelligence.” If our daily activities don’t carry enough significance ~ if they don’t feel like a worthwhile use of our talents and passions ~ then soon we are asking ourselves, “What’s the point? ” (Eric Maisel has published a book called which I talk to him about in this post, When Medication Isn’t Enough.) You may recognize many of these signs in your life but still be slow to admit that you are depressed. Because it feels presumptuous to put yourself in that category when you’re still getting by.
You feel like it would be insulting to those who are much worse off than you.
My life’s work is to help writers and artists recognize their depression and find healing by making their creative work a priority.
One of the ways I do that is by sharing my own story of depression and recovery in a memoir called The book is interspersed with coaching questions and exercises, which help readers take their own steps toward happiness.
There are many causes of depression; in my work I focus on people’s needs to create art and to make meaning, and on how to deal with the depression that arises when those needs go unmet for whatever reason.
You may feel like you have no real reason to be depressed. You have to admit vulnerability and allow that you are not the all-conquering superhero you thought you were.
Because you realize that you and your life need to change, which feels like more work piled on your plate.
Because you are admitting your own responsibility for your unhappiness and that can trigger self-judgment.
Because you might uncover grief or anger at those around you for not seeing and taking better care of you.
Pacing and knowing how to say No are your strengths, but your creativity is more essential to your well-being than you realize.” from Jen Lee’s You notice a significant mood change when you have caffeine or alcohol.