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Everyday Artist: Self-Care for Creative Artists

By Linda Dessau, the Self-Care Coach

Linda DessauThe courage to create brings many challenges: procrastination, self-doubt, self-judgment, low self-esteem, envy of other artists, intimidation, isolation, performance anxiety (stage fright), feeling uninspired and an unpredictable income & schedule.

If you can identify with one, two, or ALL of those, you're not alone!

It's my hope that these articles will increase your awareness of your own self-care issues, and how they might be linked to your creativity and your creative dreams.

The reason I love to work with artists, specifically, is that I've seen first hand how my level of self-care impacts my creativity and freedom of expression. It's only when I'm well — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually — that I'm a clear channel for my creative gifts.

Linda Dessau, BFA, MTA, CPCC is a singer, musician, writer, speaker, music therapist, coach and teacher. She is accredited by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy and is certified by the Coaches Training Institute. Visit

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