For Flow Release Your Restraints
How can creatives enter flow when they feel restraints on their physical being? This question bears merit for a few reasons. First, flow comes more naturally when we are comfortable. Next, anything that digs into the skin also irritates creativity. Finally, writers and artists – and anyone actually – enter flow much more freely when they do not feel crammed or pinched. So let’s look at quick ways to relax right away.
Toss the Cravat
Depending upon the uniform or formality of a day job, both men and women wear ties at times. The sooner you loosen up the tie, the more relaxed your neck and shoulder muscles will feel. Akin to rolling up sleeves as the day wears on, this one can be done in public or as soon as you walk in the door at home.
No Bassiere, Dear
Mel Ryane, author of Teaching Will: What Shakespeare and 10 Kids Gave Me That Hollywood Couldn’t, gives great advice during her Page to Podium workshops: To get into writing, get rid of the bra. Of course, you need to keep it on in the office – unless you have a home office and are not meeting clients that day. Ridding yourself of bras that poke, squeeze, or prod and replacing them with ones without underwire is another idea. Have you ever tried a Coobie Seamless Bra? This choice gives you comfort and coverage that can be worn to work. Look here: https://www.herroom.com/coobie.shtml
Kick Off Your Shoes
Whether they are pointed-toe flat, kitten heels, or stilettos, kicking off uncomfortable shoes is a great way to enter flow. Sure, this might not be an option if there is a formal wardrobe office policy in your workplace. But, there may be some wiggle room, if high heels can be worn in the door and round-toed slip-ons can be worn at the desk.
Open your journal and list all the articles of clothing and accessories that cause restraint to your creativity. Go from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. Then, decide whether to sell, give away, throw out, and/or replace the articles. Do a few at a time. Start with those mentioned above and go from there. Soon you will be relaxed each time you sit to create by being in flow.
Here’s to growing your flow,