The scope of creative development is broad and deep. There are at least 30 areas of solo and micro business management that can benefit from the creative development process. Creative development aids effective stress management. Good stress management is good for business. Creative development has become an invaluable stress management tool for solo and micro business professionals. As a solo business professional, I know how vulnerable I can be to stress and it’s negative impact on my business if I neglect my creative development.
Counselling is one way to manage stress. Exercise is another. Medication may be an option, but it doesn’t always resolve or remove the underlying problem. Natural ways to manage stress include relaxation, visualisation, mindfulness and meditation, but these stress management techniques don’t suit everyone.
There is another way. It’s easy. It’s enjoyable. It’s creative development. Creative development is a simple and useful stress management tool. The benefits of creative development quickly overflow into everything that’s important to you. Creative development reduces stress. It optimises your health. Creative development is good for your business.
Creative development offers the right mix of creative thinking and critical thinking. It’s unique to your needs and the needs of your business. The right mix helps you to improve existing processes, services and products. When you use critical and creative thinking effectively, it aids in the development of entirely new or innovative services, products and processes. For solo and micro business professionals, the right mix can reduce the stress and anxiety of running your business. Creative development can help you to perform the many roles you need to play as a solo or micro business professional.
Prolonged stress leads to anxiety. Prolonged anxiety can lead to depression if left unmanaged. You can circumvent this debilitating cycle. You can reduce stress with creative development. Creative development is a stress management tool that can be used in conjunction with meditation, visualisation, relaxation therapy, exercise, medication and professional counselling.
How do you know if you need creative development? There are a number of cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioural symptoms that signify stress may need to be reduced. They are:
- Poor judgment
- Poor concentration
- Negative attitude
- Memory problems
- Feeling Overwhelmed
- General unhappiness
- Nausea and dizziness
- Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds
- Body Pains
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Poor sex drive
- Sleep disorders
- Social Isolation
- Neglecting responsibilities
- Using substances to relax
- Nervous habits such as nail biting, pacing.
- Disturbed eating patterns
If you recognise these signs in your body, mind, emotions or behaviour, and they have been present for 2 to 4 weeks or more then you may be at risk of compromising your physical, emotional or mental health.
Prolonged stress forces your energy out of your body. Prolonged stress catapults your energy forward into anxiety about the future and keeps it trapped there. Stress wrenches your energy backwards into obsessing about the past and holds it prisoner there. Is it any wonder that you feel stretched beyond your limits?
You need more of your creative energy in your body than out of it if you want to be healthy. You need more of your creative energy in your body than out of it if you want to run a healthy business. You need your creative energy to be present if you want to find the right balance between work, rest and play.
Being creative helps you to get lost in the moment. Being immersed in your creativity for many moments brings your energy back into the present moment. Creative development is a process that helps you to be present and productive. Productivity is good for business.
Creative development is good for your health. It helps you to manage stress. Your creative growth and development is good for the growth and development of your business. When your creative energy is present then you are stronger, grounded, more centred and happy. And so is your business.
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