Why does Relaxation lead to Creativity and Performance?
A whole heap of things have come together in my thoughts over the last 24hrs. They are primarily covered by the following:
- Why does relaxing lead to more creative thinking?
- Why does not thinking about an activity and sometimes just going with the gut or the flow often lead to better performance?
I started to think about these things because of the counter-intuitive way in which we sometimes work. In one of my line reports today I saw (what felt like) a classic case of ‘over-thinking’. I could virtually feel the heat coming from their brain….
I’ve also always had this thing about walking fast. Weird I know. But it’s about relaxing into something; try it. The next time you’re rushing somewhere, and trying to walk fast to get there, try and get awareness of how tense your legs and lower body are. Then shift what you’re doing; try instead to relax into your stride. Don’t try; just relax the muscles and watch what happens. You go faster. I don’t know whether it’s the same with running and breathing, but the only times I ever seem to stich now on a long run is when I suddenly focus on the pattern of my breathing. When left alone, my body unconsciously runs its routine.
Considering everything, I wonder whether we’re structured to operate in different ways at different times; probably mainly through evolution? Why would we have to think about much when we were running away from a sabre toothed tiger (‘Oh, look – a tree. Must climb.’)
… and why would we be wired to trigger creativity through the direct application of thought? Should creativity logically be triggered by a need to solve a problem or complete an action. Definitiely one to explore further when I ever get back to looping round to some of these thoughts again……
Marcosa Vintage produces a great list of ways to trigger creativity
These College Class Notes give a nice overview on the brain, nervous system and behaviour
Javierh’s post on Anxiety provides an amazing contrast