Stay Active, Stay Creative

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.
— Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman
  SILVR Social Lunchtime Ripper and SEO Specialist, Doug van Mierlo

SILVR Social Lunchtime Ripper and SEO Specialist, Doug van Mierlo

Creativity can’t be boxed in, it’s a flow state that requires space and movement. Simply put when we trap humans into small boxes and force them to stare at pixelated screens for hours on end we often can hamper the part of the brain that is responsible for creating wonderful things.

The analytical person might scoff at this notion and tilt their nose up at their fellow creatives, mocking their need for non-traditional work flows, however, not taking the time to get away from your eye-burning monitor to stretch, wander, or exercise also has been shown to significantly decrease overall productivity.

That’s why it’s critical to make time and space for taking care of yourself throughout the work day. And it is also the reason every progressive company in the country has dedicated time and resources to creating a good company culture; it’s because they have analyzed the research and they know that having a happy and active work force makes for maximized results in both work output and revenues.

  Yoga Teacher and SILVR Content Strategist, Cat Walker

Yoga Teacher and SILVR Content Strategist, Cat Walker

We have taken all of the research to heart at SILVR Social and embrace a way of life at our company that encourages employees to continue to live their passions, even if that means peeling away from a project to hit a midday yoga or surf session.

The reason for encouraging an active lifestyle is because we have seen the results of how it affects our team firsthand. We know that when we let our people go surfing, they come back with a renewed vigor and focus.

One of our heros is Yvon Chouinard; his company, Patagonia, has been a clear leader in embracing a healthy work-life balance and he is a continued inspiration to both our leadership and team. We support the Let My People Go Surfing philosophy because we believe that a happy office makes for better work.

So go outside! Play and create time throughout your day to move your body so you can inspire your mind and soul, and work at the highest level possible. Because at the end of this magical adventure we highly doubt you will be wishing you would have sat at your desk for a few more hours.