The familiar link between mental health and creativity is discussed in an article by Julian Barnes in the London Review of Books.
Feeling overwhelmed stops us in our tracks, we lose the capacity to think properly and instead begin to feel emotionally exhausted. Here are some ways to protect yourself.
I came across the writing of the painter Agnes Martin when I was an art student 25 years ago; and remember how captivated I was by her strange meditative phrases leading my mind away from meaning and towards something more feelable. I was in the presence of someone who had realised something hidden about being human that I had not yet found. I remember how spacious her words felt to me, as if I was breathing clean air again after being stuck in a claustrophobic room.