Try these 5 simple techniques to boost creativity and productivity while reducing stress, anxiety and preventing burnout.
Today's professional is expected to be more than just, well, professional. Employers expect you to be creative, innovative, smart and find new ways to solve old problems. Sometimes, life gets in the way with stress, anxiety and getting burned out. Here's 5 ways that you can overcome stress, anxiety and burnout while boosting your creative output.
No Electronics in Bed
I know, I know. How are you supposed to sleep if you can't endlessly scroll Instagram until your eyelids collapse? Buying an alarm clock and give your mobile the boot to the next room might really improve the quality and quantity of your sleep. Electronic devices like iPads and mobile phones emit 'blue light' which can stimulate brain activity, keep you awake later and interfere with deep sleep. For maximum productivity the next day, make your bedroom a cave of solitude. Consider sleeping with ear plugs, invest in blackout curtains and go to sleep naturally. Your mind and body will thank you.
Start Your Day with Mindfulness Meditation
Ever wake up late after hitting snooze a dozen times, sprint out the front door, have a sugary breakfast and too much coffee? How did the rest of that day go? Chances are, not very good. Failing to sort out your priorities at the beginning of the day can leave you feeling out of sorts, flustered and unable to handle the challenges of the day. Conversly, setting aside 5 minutes for a simple mindfulness meditation can pave the way for a productive, fulfilling day. Consider sitting down with your morning coffee, take a deep breath, think about 3 things you are grateful for today, set 3 top priorities for the day and make plans for dinner. You'll start your day off cheery, centered and motivated to get stuff done (so you can be home for lasagna!)
Book a Session in a Sensory Deprivation Tank
Ever wanted just an hour to yourself - no light, no sound, just...nothing. That might be just what the doctor ordered if you're stressed or burned out at work. Sensory Deprivation tanks, also known as float tanks or simply, floating, is a big, eclosed bath-tub-like contraption with 12" of water and 1,200 pounds of Epsom Salt, allowing the user to float effortlessly along the surface, as if in zero gravity. Turn the lights out and drift away to some soft meditation music and you might be a different person in an hour. Floating can reduce stress, reduce pain (especially the kind caused by hunching over a computer all day) and give you the mental clarity to unlock hidden creativity and productivity.
Eat for Brain Power, Supplement When You Can't
Olympic weightlifters don't get strong by starving themselves; they feed those big muscles what they need to grow. You should take the same approach with your mind. After all, your mind is your muscle when it comes to your career. Any step closer to a balanced, whole food, plant based diet is a good step but you can cut some corners and boost brain function in the short run by knowing what foods you brain likes to eat. Start with being fully hydrated, then, make sure you're getting all your macro and micro nutrients, then, consider adding in foods that boost brain activity. Fats like Coconut or MCT oil can give the brain the fuel it needs to grind on 'till Friday at 5.
If You Can't Figure It Out, Write It Out
You are more wise than you give yourself credit for. Most of the problems you face, you already have the answer for. Sometimes, stress, anxiety or fatigue prevent you from seeing that answer. Considering a job change or dealing with a difficult co worker? Write about it for 15-minutes. Don't worry about it being good; just write. You may find that you knew the answer you were looking for all along and it just springs out of you once you get out of your own way. Taking a few minutes to write it out is a great way to get your thoughts in order and unlock the creative solutions within.