Walking for Creativity
Nowadays, we are constantly plugged in. Although advances in technology have made everything more accessible, it’s also made us busier. More is expected of us in less time because everything is easier to use. But even the most high tech gadgets and super computers can’t accelerate creativity. There are no spreadsheet templates for ideas.
Where do good ideas come from?
Creative people have always made use of the tools they are given. We mustn’t forget, though, that the tools we use are merely a vehicle for helping us communicate ideas. The concept of creativity still requires a certain discipline. Looking through blogs or scouring the Internet for inspiration is often a great way to spark an idea, but it can also exacerbate procrastination. It’s easy to spiral into wasting time if we spend it rummaging through other people’s work looking for motivation. So what else can we do to motivate ourselves? All good ideas come from the ability to focus, however, removing distractions isn’t always an option. Sometimes, removing yourself from the distractions is the best course.
Take a hike.
We don’t need to explain the health benefits of exercise. Even in its simplest form, walking increases heart rate, burns calories, and reduces stress. But did you know walking can also boost your mind?
“Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” ~Henry David Thoreau
Studies have proven that in addition to increasing your overall mood, walking can stimulate your creativity as well. However, before you rush off to the treadmill at your local fitness center, let’s clarify something here: Go outside. You don’t need to lose yourself in the lush forests of the nearest national park to see the benefits of walking outdoors. Take a walk around the block at your office or in your neighborhood. The main thing is that you are not just active, but actively engaging in openness, rather than walking in place while staring at a flat screen TV. That’s not to say you need to completely unplug. On the contrary, enjoying some music or listening to your favorite podcast can help pass the time and make the whole experience more enjoyable. Going outdoors for just 10-15 minutes can give you the boost you need, and a nice dose of vitamin D doesn’t hurt either.
Sounds simple, right? It is. The next time you’re stuck searching for that brilliant idea, take a moment and step away from your sanctuary. You might be just a few steps away from your next stroke of genius. And if you’re not, the worst case scenario is that you are making yourself healthier.
Written by Ben Freemire
Ben is the Creative Manager for Bridgepoint Education.