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5 Tips to Keep your Creativity Alive and Grow Everyday

5 Tips to Keep your Creativity Alive and Grow Everyday

There are certain days in your life which are dull and you find that your creativity has hit a wall and you feel unable to find the solutions to your problems. If you want to progress in this world then you need to make sure that you have the ability to think out of the box. Most of the people like to blame a lack of time for not being creative but it is important to understand that you can only produce best results when you are happy and full of energy.

To be creative you need to have motivation and energy. You need to understand that creativity is not a skill. It is a lifestyle and you can adopt it by making little changes in your life. Here are some useful tips for staying motivated and creative in your everyday life. It will improve your domestic and professional life.

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1. Get some alone time and make the best use of it

Life has become hectic and the stress of everyday life can have an adverse effect on your creativity. The mind can become overwhelmed and it may hinder its ability to think clearly. One of the best ways of getting your creativity back on track is to get some alone time. You need to have a place that you can claim only for yourself and make that place your safe haven. Make sure it is a place where you can have alone time and there is no one to disturb you there.

If your mind is wayward then it will not be able to think clearly and clarity is essential for creativity. If you want to think out of the box then you need to create an environment where there are no distractions. Alone time will help in clearing your mind and it can give you a new perspective on things.

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2. Document your life

The best way of keeping a record of your life is to keep a journal. Creative ideas do not come out of the blue. There is always a basis for the origin of an idea. Whenever you find something inspiring or come with a mind-blowing idea then you should make sure that you note it down. If you do not record it then you will end up forgetting it and it will stay just a passing thought.

If you want the idea to materialize at some point then you need to make sure that you remember it. You can think about the cause and effect of the idea over time. You can use your imagination to look for solutions that can help in making the idea a reality.

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3. Do not stress yourself out

Human beings are not infinite. They have their limits. Energy is an essential factor of ensuring focus. Once you have spent all of your energy you will find it impossible to focus. When you are out of energy you should take a break because if you try to continue even when your energy is down you will only stress yourself out. Stress is not good for creativity at all. Focus and concentration require a fresh mind so make sure that you get enough rest to make your mind fresh.

4. Get inspired

Inspiration is the key to creativity. It does not just come out of the blue. Different people have different sources of inspiration. Some people find it in music, some in art, and some in movies. Inspiration can come from simplest of things like walking, looking at nature or reading a particular book. Whatever your inspiration is, you need to make sure that you give it some time. You should never be too busy to give some time to the things that you enjoy and things that bring out your creativity.

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5. Do not be afraid to step out your comfort zone

If you want to open new horizons then you need to make sure that you are not afraid of stepping out of the comfort zone. You need to understand that change is not a bad thing and it is not possible to plan every moment of your life because life is uncertain. So if you find yourself facing a problem you cannot solve, you need to step out of the comfort zone so you could find a solution. You need to be brave and ready to embrace change if you want to be creative.

These are some of the simple practices that will make sure that your creativity is kept alive and you can use it to live a happy and successful life

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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