Get Moving! How to Increase Your Productivity Through Movement by @EricaHornthal

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For many moms, working from home can be a great option. However, it is even more important to find ways to remain focused and attentive when time is at a premium. Working from home can open us up to distractions and interruptions that can derail our productivity.

So, how can we tap into our productivity— as well as creativity— when time is of the essence?

Answer: get moving!

Movement affects our thinking.

Movement affects our mood, which in turn impacts our thinking. Thinking positively leads to a positive mood. Research shows that our posture can affect our emotions. Changing your posture can help change your mind and actually increase your self-esteem and confidence.

Movement stimulates imagination.

Think about how we engage our children in creative play to enhance their knowledge and love of learning. Even as adults, using our imaginations taps into that same principle. Engaging our imaginations help us to problem solve as well as gain new language skills. Hand gestures in particular facilitate acquisition of knowledge and new skills.

Movement increases productivity.    

Exercising elevates energy levels and allows us to activate muscles and increase blood flow. When this occurs, our brains are signaled to re-energize and build focus. When we are able to focus and maintain attention, our productivity increases.

What can I do if I don’t have a lot of time to “move” throughout the workday, but want the benefits?

Take “movement breaks” throughout the day. Five minutes to walk around the house, climb the stairs, stretch or practice deep breathing can totally refocus you and ensure that your time working is as productive as possible.

In addition to increased productivity, your creativity will increase and you will gain satisfaction knowing that the time you dedicate to work is time well spent. Plus, the frustration you might feel from lack of focus will dissipate and leave more energy for family time, which makes everybody involved happy!

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About Author

Erica Hornthal, CEO of Chicago Dance Therapy, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and board certified dance therapist. She received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago and her BS in psychology from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Erica supports individuals’ growth and change by encouraging them to resource their own body-mind connection to express their inner desires, wants, and needs. Erica’s work has been highlighted in Social Work Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, as well as on Fox, CBS, WCIU and WGN.

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