Calm and Creative Podcast

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A podcast for artists and creative entrepreneurs seeking to build a resilient mindset, while feeling calm and creative. On this podcast we’ll dive into all things mindset as they relate to our creative journey. We’ll explore different tools & tips that can help us cultivate a more resilient and positive perspective on life. Connect with me volta@colorsnack.com or www.colorsnack.com read less
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Overthinking? How To Get Out of Your Head with Meredith Arthur
Jan 11 2024
Overthinking? How To Get Out of Your Head with Meredith Arthur
This episode with Meredith Arthur is a profound exploration of the intersection between mental health and creativity. It provides invaluable insights for anyone struggling with anxiety or looking to understand the complex nature of creative minds better. To grab Volta's free guide to 5 Easy Exercises for Creative Relaxation, visit: https://www.colorsnack.com/calm To join the free and private Calm and Creative Community, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/804189398089705/ Show Summary with Timestamps: [00:01:36] Meredith's Revelation: Her journey to discovering she had generalized anxiety disorder at 39, highlighting the physical symptoms and the birth of Beautiful Voyager for overthinkers and perfectionists. [00:05:42] Therapy's Role: Meredith talks about her experience with therapy, emphasizing the need for approaches beyond traditional talk therapy for anxiety disorders. [00:09:21] Creativity as Healing: Discussion on the significance of creativity in understanding and healing mental health issues. Advocates for embracing experimental and non-judgmental approaches in creativity. [00:11:03] New Book Insight: Meredith shares her work on a new book aimed at providing a toolkit for those newly diagnosed with anxiety disorders. [00:22:43] How We Feel App: Introduction to a free app designed to improve emotional literacy and self-expression regarding feelings. [00:26:54] Personal Coping Mechanisms: Meredith shares her strategies like changing physical temperatures and setting mental boundaries to manage anxiety.
How To Create Your Own Self Care Kit with Leah Guzman
Dec 14 2023
How To Create Your Own Self Care Kit with Leah Guzman
In the latest episode of the Calm and Creative Podcast, Volta engages in a thoughtful conversation with Leah Guzman, an artist and art therapist. They delve into the vital role of self-care in the life of a creative individual and how integrating art into self-care practices can have transformative effects. To grab Volta's free guide to 5 Easy Exercises for Creative Relaxation, visit: https://www.colorsnack.com/calm To join the free and private Calm and Creative Community, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/804189398089705/   Shownotes and details: 00:01:56 - Leah’s Background: Leah discusses her dual role as an artist and art therapist.Insights into how her art practice and therapy work complement each other. 00:03:31 - The Importance of Self-Care for Artists: Leah emphasizes the need for self-care, especially when dealing with creative burnout.Discussion about keeping artistic practice and professional work separate. 00:04:16 - Starting a Creative Self-Care Practice: Leah advises on how to begin a self-care routine that includes creative expression.Mention of simple, accessible activities like making mini art pieces to express emotions. 00:05:14 - Tips for Beginners in Artistic Self-Care: Leah offers suggestions for those intimidated by starting a creative self-care practice. 00:06:19 - Integrating Art into Daily Routine: Discussion on how small creative acts can be fitted into everyday life. 00:07:16 - Using Color to Express and Manage Emotions: Leah talks about how different colors can represent various emotional states.Personal experiences and advice on using color in art therapy. 00:09:23 - Building a Self-Care Kit: Leah shares her idea of a personal self-care kit.Examples of what to include and how to tailor it to individual preferences. 00:12:04 - Creating a Personalized Self-Care Kit: Leah explains how to create a self-care kit that reflects personal needs and tastes.Tips on choosing items that engage the senses and provide comfort. 00:14:33 - The Grounding Hand Technique: Leah introduces a technique to help identify personal self-care items.Each finger represents a sense (touch, taste, hearing, sight, smell) for choosing items. 00:17:09 - Dealing with Creative Blocks: Leah discusses her approach to overcoming periods of creative blockage.Importance of self-compassion and taking breaks in the creative process. 00:19:01 - Further Advice on Self-Care and Art: Leah provides additional tips on maintaining a balanced creative life.Emphasis on self-care practices as a means to bounce back from life’s challenges. 00:21:46 - Closing Thoughts and Resources: Leah shares information about her books and online resources.Volta and Leah discuss the significance of art in maintaining mental health and wellbeing.
Why Embracing Creative Pursuits in Tight Schedules Can Transform Your Life with Heidi Fiedler
Dec 7 2023
Why Embracing Creative Pursuits in Tight Schedules Can Transform Your Life with Heidi Fiedler
In a recent episode, Volta had an insightful discussion with Heidi Fiedler, a talented writer, editor, and mother. Heidi shares her profound wisdom on engaging with the creative process, especially for those with time constraints. Let’s explore the key takeaways from their conversation. To grab Volta's free guide to 5 Easy Exercises for Creative Relaxation, visit: https://www.colorsnack.com/calm To join the free and private Calm and Creative Community, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/804189398089705/   Key Takeaways: [00:02:30] The Personal Benefits of Writing: Heidi speaks about her lifelong passion for writing and how it serves as a personal haven, offering control and a space for her own thoughts amidst life’s demands.[00:04:09] Writing as a Tool for Presence and Control: Writing, like sketching, is a way to be more present and gain a sense of control in life. It’s about owning something that’s exclusively yours.[00:05:44] Overcoming Writing Blocks: Heidi suggests that journaling doesn’t have to be a lengthy, heavy process. It can be as simple as jotting down a word or a phrase, making the act of writing more accessible and less daunting.[00:08:12] The ‘Nebula Notebook’ Concept: Heidi introduces the ‘Nebula Notebook’, a unique approach to brainstorming and collecting ideas for a project, emphasizing a free, open, and dreamy process.[00:09:50] Perspective on Morning Pages: While acknowledging the benefits of morning pages for some, Heidi shares her method of dropping into her creative space when time allows, which is more suitable for her busy lifestyle.[00:11:20] Tips for Entering a Creative State: Treating activities like walking or reading as part of the creative process helps Heidi prepare for her writing sessions. She also emphasizes having a clear plan for each writing session.[00:13:18] Avoiding Self-Criticism: Heidi advises against self-criticism for not following certain writing practices or meeting expectations, as it hinders creativity.[00:14:07] Embracing the Creative Process: Working on paper and treating revising as a creative process helps Heidi maintain a playful and open approach to writing.[00:17:02] Finding Joy in Imperfection: Embracing the creative process as an experimental and playful journey helps overcome the resistance of perfectionism.[00:19:34] Simple Creative Practices: Heidi encourages embracing small, manageable creative practices, stressing that even short durations of creativity are meaningful.[00:23:26] Maximizing Limited Time: Heidi talks about how even with limited time, a small creative practice can be deeply fulfilling and meaningful.
The Art of Well-Being:  Positive Psychology Meets Creativity with Lizzie Larock
Nov 30 2023
The Art of Well-Being: Positive Psychology Meets Creativity with Lizzie Larock
Welcome to a new episode of the "Calm and Creative Podcast," where we delve into the fascinating intersection of art, creativity, mindfulness, and mental health. In this episode, we have an enriching conversation with Lizzie Larock, an applied positive psychology-based coach. Together, we explore how embracing creativity can significantly enhance our resilience and overall well-being, especially in challenging times.   To grab Volta's free guide to 5 Easy Exercises for Creative Relaxation, visit: https://www.colorsnack.com/calm To join the free and private Calm and Creative Community, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/804189398089705/ Key Takeaways: Lizzie's Life Lessons: Lizzie chats about her switch from high-stress restaurant life to the chill vibes of mindfulness and positive psychology. Positive Psychology, Simply Put: Dive into the cool world of positive psychology with us – it's all about bouncing back and feeling all the feels! Gratitude Meets Grief: Lizzie opens up about how being thankful can walk hand-in-hand with grief, helping us flex instead of break when times get tough. Gratitude, Up Close and Personal: Let's get real about gratitude! We talk about why it's super important to be specific with our thanks, including trying out the "Three Good Things" exercise to feel awesome. Creativity Comeback: Hear Lizzie's story about rekindling her love for photography and how it's been like a balm for her soul. Creativity in the Fast Lane: Got a hectic schedule? No sweat! We've got some neat tricks for squeezing in some creative fun, even with just your phone and a few spare moments. Art for a Happy Mind: We chat about why getting artsy can be a serious game-changer for your mental health, especially with everything going on in the world. Your Creative Call to Action: We're here to pump you up to find and embrace your own creative spark – because everyone deserves to feel creatively fulfilled! This episode is a treasure trove for anyone looking to enrich their creative journey with mindfulness and positive psychology strategies. Whether you're an artist, a creative professional, or simply someone seeking a more fulfilling and resilient life, this conversation with Lizzie offers valuable insights and practical tips to inspire your path.
Art Journaling for Mental Health
Oct 12 2023
Art Journaling for Mental Health
In this episode of the Calm and Creative Podcast, Volta welcomes Teresa Merriman, the founder and CEO of Mind's Eye Journals and the Art Journal Avenue. With a rich history in the craft of book binding and art journaling, Teresa brings a unique perspective on creativity, mindfulness, and mental health. Episode Highlights & Takeaways: Introduction to Teresa Merriman: Learn about Teresa's journey into the world of art journaling and her significant contributions to the community. The Healing Power of Art Journaling: How Teresa used art journaling to navigate through personal challenges and improve her mental well-being. Breaking the First-Page Fear: Practical tips on starting your art journaling journey and overcoming the hesitancy of working on that intimidating first page. Defining Art Journal vs. Sketchbook: Understanding the nuanced difference between these two forms of artistic expression. The Importance of Physicality: Engage in tangible, hands-on creativity to ground yourself and stay away from digital distractions. Teresa's Tips to Spark Inspiration: Simple strategies for those times when you're stuck staring at a blank page. Resources & Community: Discover Teresa’s Art Journal Avenue Facebook group and how to join her community to further your art journaling adventure.   To grab Volta's free guide to 5 Easy Exercises for Creative Relaxation, visit: https://www.colorsnack.com/calm To join the free and private Calm and Creative Community, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/804189398089705/
Unraveling the Discomfort of Calm with Whitney Prude
Oct 5 2023
Unraveling the Discomfort of Calm with Whitney Prude
To grab Volta's free guide to 5 Easy Exercises for Creative Relaxation, visit: https://www.colorsnack.com/calm To join the free and private Calm and Creative Community, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/804189398089705/ On today's episode of the Calm and Creative podcast, your host Volta Voloshin-Smith dives deep with the incredible Whitney Prude. Whitney is not only a certified health and wellness coach but also a passionate public speaker and the CEO of Whole and Happy Living. Her mission? To genuinely transform individual health from the inside out. Highlights: Whitney's approach to understanding why so many of us are uncomfortable with calm and the idea of being still.Caffeine and its unexpected impact on our mental and physical health.Why slowing down is crucial for our wellbeing and how society has conditioned us to feel uncomfortable with moments of stillness.Practical steps to introduce moments of calm into your busy life, starting with just 10 minutes.The importance of seeking help when you need it and how everyone, even experts, need guidance at times.Book Recommendations: "Mindset" for understanding how our brains operate and how to shift your perspective. Don't miss this enlightening conversation that touches on the essence of mental and emotional well-being in our fast-paced world. Join Volta and Whitney as they uncover ways to embrace calmness, understand our caffeine habits, and learn to value self-care and professional guidance.
Flourish Through Self-Doubt and Fall In Love With Your Limitations
Sep 28 2023
Flourish Through Self-Doubt and Fall In Love With Your Limitations
In this enlightening episode, we sit down with Dr. Gina Simmons Schneider, a licensed psychotherapist, executive coach, and author of "Frazzlebrain: Break Free from Anxiety, Anger, and Stress Using Advanced Discoveries in Neuropsychology." Dr. Schneider shares her profound wisdom on overcoming self-doubt and achieving personal growth and happiness. We begin by exploring the concept of the "Frazzlebrain" and how it relates to anxiety, anger, and stress. Dr. Simmons Schneider provides valuable insights into the inner workings of our minds and offers practical tips to break free from these negative emotions. A profound mindset shift is discussed, where we learn to fall in love with our limitations and accept self-doubt as a natural part of the creative process. Dr. Simmons Schneider guides us on embracing vulnerability and using it as a catalyst for innovation and the creation of something unique in the world. Lastly, we delve into the therapeutic benefits of spending more time with living beings – be it people, animals, or nature. Dr. Simmons Schneider highlights the profound impact of these connections on our mental well-being. Join us for a transformative conversation as we explore strategies to navigate self-doubt, cultivate happiness, and lead more fulfilling lives with the guidance of Dr. Gina Simmons Schneider, a true expert in the field of emotional regulation and personal growth.   To grab Volta's free guide to 5 Easy Exercises for Creative Relaxation, visit: https://www.colorsnack.com/calm To join the free and private Calm and Creative Community, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/804189398089705/