Like many other people across the world my job is a creative one, so most of my days are varied in what I do. Some days I will be busy writing content for blog posts and social media plans, and others I’ll be planning marketing campaigns for our clients. Throw in some event planning and the occasional drawing competition with the rest of The WonderGirls and that pretty much sums up my day to day! But like any other job it’s not all just fun and games. Some of the activities that are part of my ‘To Do List’ are more practical and analytical and can sometimes involve long days in front of a computer screen filling in spreadsheets or writing up meeting notes! Although these jobs can be a bore they are a necessity to my role. These mundane tasks can show our clients just how much work we do for them as well as what our work is achieving for them (ROI) – so although a chore it’s interesting to see the results of all our hard work!
However even if you do or don’t have a creative career it is important to embrace your creative side, especially for your own sanity and mental health.
Did you know? Neuroscientists over the years have been studying many forms of creativity and finding that activities like drawing, baking and even doing crossword puzzles are beneficial to your health. When we are being creative, our brains release dopamine, which is a natural anti-depressant. The process of creativity usually takes concentration and that in itself can lead to the feeling of a natural high. It is said that participating in creative activities may even help to alleviate depression, and with the current cold wintery nights we have to endure, we could all do with a little help to shift those January blues (that doesn’t involve too much gin!).
Not only can being creative help your general mental health but it can have a positive effect on your career too. Creativity helps reduce stress and keeps you healthy because you are actively using your brain, which means fewer days off poorly and less chance of depression and stress. With this more positive outlook you will increase your productivity, because you feel well enough to focus on your work and perform to the best of your ability and basically just a general desire to do a great job. (Good news for bosses!)
Did you also know? The average person has 60,000 thoughts per day and 95% of them are exactly the same, every day. Which means you and your thoughts could be in a rut! So, how do you get out of that rut and start to enjoy your life, yourself and even your career more?
They say a happy employee equals a good employee, so think back to what made you happy, even as far back as a kid! For me, it was drawing and I even spend most of my free time doing it now, that’s when I’m not wrestling of course (which I’ll get back to in a second) I draw because I love it and it makes me happy! Doing the things that you like and enjoy reduces stress and improves overall well-being. It also boosts self-confidence – so why not use that boost and try something new too!
Sometimes it’s good to get out of your comfort zone as it helps you gather a renewed happiness, so come Monday morning when you head back to work, you will have something different and fun to talk about with your work colleagues. I will always remember the first time I announced at the office that I wanted to get into wrestling (yep, you heard correctly!). Let’s just say the responses were mixed, from “Why though?” to “That’s completely awesome”. And the more I did it, the more people where interested in what I was learning in my classes, how I did the things I did without hurting myself and of course loving the fact they can now introduce me to people as the resident Wonderland Wrestler.
I know I wasn’t hired for my wrestling abilities, I was hired for my creative abilities. In a study featured in a Guardian article last year, it stated that 64% of bosses are likely to hire a new employee based on their creative abilities. It’s always key to have those types of people around you in a work environment not only does it help with introducing fresh ideas and approaches to campaign briefs but because we all experience challenges at the office too.
In some cases we think we will never be able to fix something that’s gone wrong. But, in fact, most things are completely fixable, especially here at The Wonderland. Us WonderGirls are always looking for a solution to a problem and nothing works better than the creative form of problem-solving. Most problems need some “out-of-the-box” thinking in order to figure out what to do. If you can open your mind and try a new approach, you may just become the legend of your office!
In the same study it also stated that 81% of Britain’s bosses believed fostering a creative environment is important for their employees, which is why here at The Wonderland we encourage creative outbursts like Wednesday Yoga or our daily 10 minute challenges. One of the many highlights of being in a room filled to the brim with creative minds!
So with all that in mind and the act of being creative on the brain, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone, pick up a hobby and feel 100x better about yourself – because research has shown that being creative will improve depression, anxiety and your coping skills while also enhancing quality of life, which is something we should all be trying to achieve right?
Written by Becki Ashton (The Wrestler)