Try it. Walk and be creative — really. Oh, and become more productive in general.
How many times have you been confronted by a challenge at work and could not seem to come up with an acceptable solution, or any solution for that matter? How about at home? In fact, often, when we are confronted by a considerable challenge our anxiety levels go up. We might be trying to figure out how to make ends meet at home or how to economize at the office. Or we might be facing some other challenge.
When a challenge is daunting, and we must confront it in order to overcome it, we are likely to feel anxious. Being anxious can deteriorate our powers of concentration and make us want to focus on anything other than the source of our anxiety, the challenge before us.
What are we to do? Take a walk. That’s right, take a walk. Walking can help to lower our anxiety levels. Simply by lowering our anxiety levels we can focus better on the task at hand. Better focus can help lead to finding ways of overcoming our challenges not only faster but with improved solutions. In short, improved focus equals improved solutions. Improved solutions mean improved productivity.
However, consider that walking can offer us much more than lowering anxiety and, of course, improving our health in general. Walking can help us raise our creativity quotient.
I have, on frequent occasions, gone on a brisk walk only to find myself flooded with all kinds of good ideas. Frankly, during the walk I often cannot wait to get home so that I might write some of these ideas down.
So, walking is not just good for our physical and emotional health and our ability to focus, it is also good as a creative tonic. Get walking and become more creative now!
*Check with your physician before beginning an exercise program.
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