I subscribe to Jeff Bullas’s blog. Today, he had excellent article on creativity that I thought was awesome and had to share.
7 Hacks For Maximizing Your Creativity In The Morning. It’s a guest post guest posted by Justin Kerby. Well done and very interesting with all the science behind each beneficial hack.
All of the hacks that he lists are equally important, it’s definitely worth reading the entire article. For this post, I’m going to talk about exercising out doors. It’s the one that resonated with me the most and helped me get going when I was at my worst.
Yes, I used to go to the gym, and hey, I know how great it feels great to hit the treadmill, work up a good sweat and push some iron. It’s fun to go with a friend, but to be honest, I find
the gym atmosphere a bit stifling and uninspiring. It might be because of anxiety. Some people enjoy that environment, and that’s okay! If your moving and getting in shape, that’s great. The gym just isn’t for me.
Since Burger and I started hitting the trails, I feel refreshed and energized after our little hikes. Maybe it’s the cold, the fresh air in my lungs or just because I’m chasing a silly dog around. But being out in a field under the wide blue skies or under a canopy of trees with a brook gushing and percolating beside us is so wonderfully peaceful.
“You let the prefrontal cortex rest, and all of a sudden these flashes of insight come to you. It supports creativity, positive wellbeing [and] reductions in stress. There are all kinds of reasons why it’s helpful.”
Kerby recommends 35 minutes of moderate aerobic activity first thing in the morning, but if that’s not possible, even 10-15 minutes of brisk walking can improve creativity.
It can sometimes be a little hard to get motivated. Some days, it seems almost impossible. It’s so much easier to hit the snooze button, go back to bed or say to yourself, ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’
Before you even have a chance to hit the snooze button, get up. If you think about it, you will talk yourself out of it. You will make every excuse in the book. Once you’re up, you’re up. That’s it. Your tired body just has to deal with it!
I used to get up and have breakfast before I planned to head out. I can’t do anything without breakfast in my stomach! Well, guess what. I’d have breakfast, and while I was eating, I’d check my Email, Facebook read a book, whatever. My walking shoes, or my rubber boots would be sitting in the hallway waiting for me. I did my best to ignore them and I was very good at it! Before I knew it, hours had gone by and I still hadn’t gone out the door.
So now, I get up, throw on some yoga pants, slap the leash on the dog and go. I’m out the door before I even have time to think and start talking myself out of it. I haven’t yet, had any regrets about going out without breakfast. In fact, it just tastes all that more delicious after an energizing walk in the woods.