This week on The Fearless Creative, I sat down with Dr. Derek Novacek and talked about the long-term impact of stress and how stress affects the creative process.
Dr. Novacek is a clinical and research psychologist. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Emory University. He recently completed his clinical residency at UCLA and is now doing his fellowship at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. His research focuses on the consequences of stress exposure for mental health, particularly in marginalized and vulnerable groups.
During the interview, we discuss:
- The impact of chronic stress and how this type of “modern” stress differs from the short bursts of stress early humans experienced.
- How stress affects our performance and the creative process. (It’s not all bad!)
- Why some stress is good for beating procrastination and generating new ideas.
- My unconventional coping mechanism for dealing with stress. (It involves Converse sneakers and Panic! at the Disco.)
- Getting back to the basics of diet, exercise, and sleep to care for ourselves in times of heavy stress and upheaval.
Give it a listen! And make sure you leave a review while you’re there!