Our brains have this awesome ability to come up with ideas. This creativity truly makes us human…among a few other things of course. Learning how to stretch your way to creativity is a great tool!
But creativity comes best to a healthy mind and a healthy mind is fueled by a healthy body. Diet and exercise are key to a healthy life.
So is stretching.
Stretching is beneficial on many levels. Improved flexibility, better muscle tone, better circulation and overall improved health.
The best part, stretching relieves stress. The more stress we rid our bodies and minds of, the more creative we are.
The Daily Stretch
We often associate stretching with exercise. Particularly before a workout or run. I’ll defer to the experts on the benefits of stretching before exercise. Check out an interesting piece from the Mayo Clinic here.
I myself enjoy a good stretch first thing in the morning and throughout the day.
How many of us sit in front of a screen for 8-10 hours a day? Our bodies were meant to move and be flexible.
Stretch it out!
Here’s a quick, short step-by-step stretching routine you can do several times a day:
- Breathe deep. In through your nose, out through your mouth.
- Stand up.
- Put your arms straight in the air above you and clasp your hands together.
- As you lower your arms, breathe deep again.
- Pull your arms behind you as far as you can go. Again, clasp your hands.
- Breathe deep again.
- Bring your arms back to resting and sit again.
- Breathe deep one more time.
Feel better? Feel the blood flowing? Is your mind a little clearer? What do you see in your mind’s eye?
Now is the perfect moment to jot down your thoughts and ideas. Make a sketch of what you’re thinking.
Your mind is firing on all cylinders right now. You’re stretched, you brought more oxygen into your blood. Your brain is fueled. Get creative!
Creativity and healthy living go together like peanut butter and jelly. The little routine I just outlined is what I do and it’s helped me tremendously. If nothing else, the deep breathing relieves stress and lets face it, our overly complicated lives are super stressful.
Stretch, breathe and create!