Is Stress Ruining Your Creativity?

by | Sep 3, 2014

“The heart and soul of the company is creativity and innovation.” – Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Company

As you go through any given day, think of all of the technological wonders, gadgets, and even simple creature comforts, like gourmet chocolate and a perfectly brewed cup of coffee, that simply would not exist if it wasn’t for someone else’s creativity and innovation. Without creativity and innovation, we would all still be huddled together in the back of a Stone Age cave desperate for a way to feed ourselves and stay warm. Ironically, the advancements that spring from our creativity and innovation often become a source of new, added stress, which is actually lethal to the creative process.

News reports of the effects of stress are quite common. In 2011, the CIPD/Simplyhealth Absence Management Survey revealed that exposure to stress is listed as the most common cause of employee absence due to illness. A well-known 2012 study at Carnegie Mellon University reports there is a direct link between exposure to long term stress and inflammation that leads to illnesses such as heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. While you might be well aware of stress’s physical effect on the body, you might not realise that it can have a serious effect on our mental processes as well.

According to Rick Hanson PhD., a California based neuropsychologist, author, and founder of The Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, stress is deadly to the cognitive processes in the brain that lead to creativity and innovation. Stress results in employees who are distracted, less confident, and less imaginative. This leads to additional losses in energy, curiosity and perception. In short, every component that is necessary for an individual to enter a creative, innovative state of mind is adversely affected.

Additional reports indicate that more employees than ever before experience too much stress on a daily basis. According to the American Psychological Association’s 2012 survey, 41% of workers feel “stressed out,” during their work day. If long term exposure to stress continues to build, a tipping point will eventually be reached, and creativity and innovation will simply cease to exist.

Coming up with strategies to help workers become more resilient to the effects of stress is imperative to the survival of most businesses. For creative people who are also entrepreneurs, learning how to cope with stress and finding ways to reduce the sources of stress in your life is not only critical to your physical and mental well-being; it’s vital to the survival and success of your business!

While many creative individuals have unique, creative, innovative ideas for products and services that could be used to build a successful business, these ventures often fail without an understanding of the structures and processes that are necessary to run a profitable company. Dealing with how to start and run a successful company that is built around their creations is a major source of stress for most creative types.

A new book by Sophie Andrews, founder of Accounts Studio, can help creative types reduce some of the stress that they experience when they are trying to run their business. Unlike other guides, this book is designed to help creatives deal with the special challenges that they face as both innovators and business owners.

Entitled “The Creative Collection: Secrets to a Successful Creative Business,” this helpful guide builds upon Andrews’ years of experience in helping creative entrepreneurs get a handle on the less creative aspects of their businesses so that they can continue to create while building companies that thrive.

The book takes a no-nonsense, straight forward approach that breaks down the process of running a successful creative business into 5 steps. The book provides full details for each step so that readers understand the tools that they need and the actions that they should take to build a growing business. In Andrews’ own words, the purpose of her guide is to help creative entrepreneurs build a successful business that maximises their profit potential, “which is the only thing that will allow you the freedom to create to your heart’s content.”

If you are ready to reduce your stress levels and obtain the tools and guidance that you need to grow your business for long term survival and success, act today to receive the first three chapters of Andrew’s book at no charge!

After reading, if you found the book informative and want more details that can reduce your stress and maximise your profits, be certain to take advantage of our special offer – for a limited time receive 50% off the complete, paperback version of Andrews’ indispensable guide!

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Chris Du Plessis
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2017-10-13T04:20:03+00:00

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I have really enjoyed working with you guys and look forward to a successful 2013. From the moment we started with TAS I have seen value. The figures are accurate, you are accessible (and approachable!) and most of all – you are cool people!
"Sophie is so professional – careful, attentive and punctual – she has made managing my accounts not just easier, but a whole lot less stressful"

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TV Chef from Better Homes & Gardens

2017-10-13T04:23:15+00:00

Fast Ed
TV Chef from Better Homes & Gardens

"Sophie is so professional – careful, attentive and punctual – she has made managing my accounts not just easier, but a whole lot less stressful"
Sophie has been a tremendous support and guiding light for my business. I have continually succeeded when acting on her advice and by using her services. Her products are fantastic and her ideas and accuracy is out of this world. I would never hesitate to recommend Sophie’s services and I would invite anyone to contact me for a referral.

Belinda Grundy
GM, Property Styling Online and BG Property Styling

2017-10-13T09:21:50+00:00

Belinda Grundy
GM, Property Styling Online and BG Property Styling

Sophie has been a tremendous support and guiding light for my business. I have continually succeeded when acting on her advice and by using her services. Her products are fantastic and her ideas and accuracy is out of this world. I would never hesitate to recommend Sophie’s services and I would invite anyone to contact me for a referral.
Sophie has the spirit of the Entrepreneurial Business Owner! Whether she is running a successful single family website, creating a product for small business owners or running her own bookkeeping agency she is always right on track as to what small business needs. If you want to speak to someone who not only knows what business owners are going through-she also does something about it- then don’t miss out, connect with Sophie! She is someone who can not only think outside the square- she has true strategic thinking; which is often spoken about but is rarely truly placed into action.

Sue Heins
Councillor at Warringah Council

2017-10-13T09:25:16+00:00

Sue Heins
Councillor at Warringah Council

Sophie has the spirit of the Entrepreneurial Business Owner! Whether she is running a successful single family website, creating a product for small business owners or running her own bookkeeping agency she is always right on track as to what small business needs. If you want to speak to someone who not only knows what business owners are going through-she also does something about it- then don’t miss out, connect with Sophie! She is someone who can not only think outside the square- she has true strategic thinking; which is often spoken about but is rarely truly placed into action.
Sophie is an amazing business woman. She is able to take the complexities of business and break them into manageable pieces for small and home based business owners to work with. She’s clever, creative, supportive and very generous. She’s the reason that so many small businesses are doing so well. If yours is a small or home based business then Sophie is someone you need to know.

Anne Maybus
Writer and Content Creator, Clever Streak

2017-10-13T09:26:35+00:00

Anne Maybus
Writer and Content Creator, Clever Streak

Sophie is an amazing business woman. She is able to take the complexities of business and break them into manageable pieces for small and home based business owners to work with. She’s clever, creative, supportive and very generous. She’s the reason that so many small businesses are doing so well. If yours is a small or home based business then Sophie is someone you need to know.
Sophie is efficient, direct and gets the job done. She responds quickly, keeps me updated and has a way of simplifying things and making my life easier. She is all about efficiency and that’s what makes it great to work with her, I highly recommend her to anyone who wants someone to efficiently look after their books and she is great value for money too.

Adam Dobson
Strategic Resourcing Manager

2017-10-13T09:28:24+00:00

Adam Dobson
Strategic Resourcing Manager

Sophie is efficient, direct and gets the job done. She responds quickly, keeps me updated and has a way of simplifying things and making my life easier. She is all about efficiency and that’s what makes it great to work with her, I highly recommend her to anyone who wants someone to efficiently look after their books and she is great value for money too.
I’d been stalking Sophie for a while since I saw some of the great work she did at Ideas Book. What she’s up to at the SOHO Agency is equally impressive and I’m delighted to have someone working in this space who I feel so confident referring onto others. Keep being brilliant Sophie!

Robert Gerrish
Founder and Director, Flying Solo

2017-10-13T09:30:45+00:00

Robert Gerrish
Founder and Director, Flying Solo

I’d been stalking Sophie for a while since I saw some of the great work she did at Ideas Book. What she’s up to at the SOHO Agency is equally impressive and I’m delighted to have someone working in this space who I feel so confident referring onto others. Keep being brilliant Sophie!
Sophie is an incredibly savvy business owner, for whom I have great respect. She has always been very clear and detailed in her instructions, is always very focused on her business objectives, and displays a business model that you can aspire to as a small business owner. I have no hesitation is recommending her work at The Accounts Studio.

Kristy Smith
Director, Virtual Elves Outsourcing Solutions

2017-10-13T09:30:59+00:00

Kristy Smith
Director, Virtual Elves Outsourcing Solutions

Sophie is an incredibly savvy business owner, for whom I have great respect. She has always been very clear and detailed in her instructions, is always very focused on her business objectives, and displays a business model that you can aspire to as a small business owner. I have no hesitation is recommending her work at The Accounts Studio.
I have had many a chat with Sophie on the networking circuit. Sophie has a strong profile and reputation within business circles and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any soho needing direction, support and encouragement. I have a passion for educating small business myself and wholeheartedly support Sophie in her endeavour to actively reduce costs for those who may be unintentionally making uninformed decisions relating to business management. Many business owners are unnecessarily outsourcing tasks which are misdirected or can be achieved inhouse.

Gai Hook
Virtual Sales Strategy

2017-10-13T09:32:05+00:00

Gai Hook
Virtual Sales Strategy

I have had many a chat with Sophie on the networking circuit. Sophie has a strong profile and reputation within business circles and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to any soho needing direction, support and encouragement. I have a passion for educating small business myself and wholeheartedly support Sophie in her endeavour to actively reduce costs for those who may be unintentionally making uninformed decisions relating to business management. Many business owners are unnecessarily outsourcing tasks which are misdirected or can be achieved inhouse.
I’ve worked with Sophie as a contributor to Confessions of a Mumpreneur – a fantastic book that she dreamt up, edited and produced. Apart from producing fabulous books that help so many others realise their entrepreneurial dreams, Sophie is an astute business person who is making her mark on her own terms. Watch this space – I’m sure we’ll see and hear a lot more from Sophie Andrews in the years to come.

Jennifer Dalitz
Gender Diversity expert, Career Coach, Award winning blogger on women, work & leadership @ www.TheSheEOBlog.com

2017-10-13T09:50:01+00:00

Jennifer Dalitz
Gender Diversity expert, Career Coach, Award winning blogger on women, work & leadership @ www.TheSheEOBlog.com

I’ve worked with Sophie as a contributor to Confessions of a Mumpreneur – a fantastic book that she dreamt up, edited and produced. Apart from producing fabulous books that help so many others realise their entrepreneurial dreams, Sophie is an astute business person who is making her mark on her own terms. Watch this space – I’m sure we’ll see and hear a lot more from Sophie Andrews in the years to come.