can hardly avoid health news, every day there seems to be a new
suggestion: Drink less! Drink more! Broccoli! No sugar! But there is
always one constant piece of advice that never changes, and that is
to exercise. No matter what you feed your body, if you want to feed
your brain, you must give it the oxygen of exercise (assuming you are
already glugging back fish oils…)
Strap on that Fitbit
exercise is good, but at the moment, everyone seems to be obsessed
about doing 10,000 steps. Walking is hip as well as good for the
hips. I find walking is particularly helpful when I am stuck for
ideas. There is something about the rhythm of walking that untangles
is good wherever you do it, but for me, the further I can see without
the distraction of other people and man-made objects, the wider the
scope of my imagination too. Staring at sky, fields and sea takes me
away from whatever internal monologue is playing in my brain, or from
whatever podcast is playing in my ears, and focuses my attention
outside of myself.
Head for the hills
outside is key to getting away from those circular thoughts that
never help you to come up with new ideas, rather, they strangle them.
And putting one step in front of the other until your computer is far
away both literally and figuratively, doesn’t stop your mind from
solving your work problems. On the contrary, it frees your
unconscious to come up with fresh ideas.
only problem, if you work in town, is getting away far enough in your
lunch hour to unscramble your thoughts. Especially as it is so
tempting to save time by having a sandwich in the office. But this
doesn’t save time at all. It actually adds time to your working day
by slowing up your brain and adding to stress levels. So step away
from your desk, then take a few thousand more steps. But if you feel
like running away from the computer screaming instead, well that is
always an option too.
Written by Daney Parker, editor of Creative Moment
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