creativity

How to Creatively Manage Stress

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Unfortunately, stress is an all too common issue for many of us. But do not fear! Manage stress in a creative way with these five tips.

Do a little dance.

As you may know, exercise releases endorphins that help out with stress. However, when you're stressed out, the last thing you want to do is hit the gym for a run on the treadmill. Try another form of cardio, such as putting on some music and busting a move. Not only will you get that exercise, you will have fun while doing it!

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

This one takes the cake (pun intended). Dark chocolate, in particular, is full of antioxidants, which reduce blood pressure. By lowering blood pressure, you will feel significantly less stressed.  

Go outdoors.

If the weather permits, go outdoors to get some fresh air and sun. Go for a walk, take your pet out, or have a picnic with friends. The outdoors provide nutrients from the sun, which will leave you feeling recharged, less stressed, and ready to take on your responsibilities.

Try a new hobby.

This can be whatever you want. Play a sport, take up knitting or gardening, or crack open a good book. Taking some time to do an activity that you really enjoy can help you decompress.

Give a compliment to someone.

Even if you are not in the mood, shoot a stranger a smile. Say hello. Be friendly. Give someone a genuine compliment. Strike up a pleasant conversation with someone while in line for coffee. These positive interactions and connections benefit everyone involved and will leave you very happy.

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5 Key Ways To Incorporate Creativity Into Your Daily Work Routine

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The productivity of a workplace relies on a balance between work and rest. Without balance, it is easy to burn out. This is in part achieved by creating an environment that promotes the importance of teamwork and fulfillment. Creativity allows a free flow of ideas and innovation, and is now the cornerstone of any successful operation. Below are a few easy ways to incorporate this into your daily work routine. It is time to have fun with what you do!

1. Don’t feel like it is wrong to have fun.

The workplace has been given a bad rep as a place of torment and boredom. But office life does not have to be a drag! While this seems like an obvious solution, it is often hard to remember to have fun with what you do. Ways to include fun in the workplace include quick breaks and activities such as games or contests. By making this a habit, you will soon notice a boost in office morale, which can positively affect the quality of your work.

2. Change your environment.

The appearance of an office can go a long way. Take some time to get more creative with the space where you work. A fun idea is to create a vision board full of goals and inspiring visuals. Don’t hold back. Incorporate colors, patterns and anything else that increases the energy of everyone in the space. As a result, the positive energy created will inspire and motivate everyone to reach their goals.

3. Encourage open communication.

Collaboration has a wide range of benefits for office creativity and morale. As a leader, be open to sharing ideas and updates with employees. Encourage this open communication, and get their feedback and thoughts. This will result in employees feeling equally invested in the company’s success. Feeling valued will in turn encourage everyone to push harder and become more satisfied with their work. As the old saying goes, there is no I in team.

4. Have clear goals in place.

Lack of direction is a recipe for disaster. It leads to lack of motivation and overall job dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Include employees when determining what these goals should be in order to establish common objectives. Teamwork makes the dream work!

5. Avoid micro-managing.

Instead, aim to encourage employees to take on the self-starting attitude of an entrepreneur. By giving them that freedom, employees will become more dedicated to their job and strive to come up with fresh ideas. According to BIZFIT 2015 founder, Colin McGuire, “When you empower your employees by creating an entrepreneurial environment, you take your business to the next level. Motivated, passionate employees are resourceful enough to develop creative and effective solutions to problems and roadblocks on their own.”

No matter what job you have, there is a way to incorporate creativity into your daily routine. It serves as a great tool to increase productivity and offers new opportunities.

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