This month, we’re zeroing in on those negative emotions that prevent you from reaching your creative potential. From your nasty inner critic to the anxiety that comes with a heavy workload, here’s 6 great articles from 99U to help fight off those nay-saying voices in your head.

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How to silence your irrationally harsh inner critic

Your harshest critic is often yourself. You might not even realize it, especially as you go around administering fair attention and wise advice to others. Yet anyone listening in on your internal monologue, particularly in times of nerves, anxiety, or fear, might hear a verbal rabbit hole of unreasonable negativity and self-berating. (read more)

Yoga hacks for stress & anxiety

We know that yoga can help with the physical strain of an intense workday, but what about the mental exhaustion, creative blocks or anxiety that surface as well? (read more)

The unexpected benefits of anxiety

For that public presentation that you’re dreading, how would you feel if your live audience was replaced by mannequins? Do you think you’d feel as anxious? Probably not—who cares what they think, right? (read more)

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The undeniable benefits of being weird

All my life I’ve heard the same refrain, “Why can’t you be… Normal?” But, everything in life has its risks including (and especially) being ‘Normal.’ Most of us understand there’s risk when taking the chance and aspiring to something more. But even more are ignorant of the cost of Normal, the cost of not taking chances, and the risk of complacency. (read more)

Your definition of “organized” is holding you back

We surround ourselves with knick-knacks, or fill drawers and boxes with mementos from years past that remind us of moments when we were at our best. Why do we do this to ourselves and how does any of this build up into a real problem? (read more)

What to do with feedback about your work

We often mistakenly believe that feedback can only prove or disprove immutable truths about the work. We present our ideas to a few people, then take the opinions we garner (good or bad) to be the gospel about what it is we’ve created. If those we show the work to don’t like it, we throw it away. If they do like it, we consider that a sign we’ve done a good job and are finished. In actuality, this is a constricting perspective to have, because design research isn’t meant to be a science. (read more)