Through the routine that comes with working full-time, it is easy to end up on auto-pilot, taking the same route to work daily, eating the same lunch and working on similar tasks every day.
To avoid everything becoming repetitive, it’s important to try new things, take on new challenges and to punctuate the week with hobbies or projects that you enjoy.
Research has shown that taking the time out to be creative can be beneficial for reducing stress and improving mental health.
A study by researchers at the University of the West of England found that after a group of undergraduate students completed a colouring task, they were more content, energetic and calmer than a group that were asked to read.
Colouring can help to improve mood, reduce stress and boost creativity, and while we might not all be reaching for an easel anytime soon and channelling our inner Picasso, there are many ways that you can bring creativity to your everyday life.
Whether it’s a home improvement project, baking and decorating a cake or learning a new skill, adding variety to our life is important.
At OT, we have previously written about people in optics who are embracing creativity, from an optometrist who also works as a photographer to a retired optometrist who creates art work from olive trees.
At OT, we are giving our Instagram followers the opportunity to embrace their creativity through the launch of our #OTonthego photo competition. The competition is sponsored by Hoya and anyone following us on Instagram can enter. All you have to do is take a creative image that features a 2018 copy of OT.
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