Earlier this year I started running, it wasn’t to get in shape or make myself healthy, that’s just been an added benefit from it. For three years I biked to and from work at Daily Planet Productions ltd. office everyday. The main reason I started running was because I work from home now and I needed something to get me away from the computer to let me mull over some ideas or issues I might be struggling with. I’ve mentioned before about how getting the sketchbook out is a great tool to help clear your mind and deal with some ideas. I’ve thought about trying meditation but I think I’d just fall asleep. So for me I find a good run or bike ride helps me with this. Lately, it’s been a lot more runs then bike rides. When you’re out there it’s just you and the road, you’re free to let your mind wonder a bit. It’s also been a great manager for stress; after a 5 mile run, those project set backs aren’t as troubling. I’m not sure if I’d get that same stress killing result with meditation. Whatever it takes for you to manage stress and clear your mind, do it. If its the sketchbook, running, meditation, biking or swimming, just do it and get yourself away from the computer for an hour, 30 minutes, or even five.