Do you find some of the best ideas come to you whilst out walking? Me too.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks” – John Muir
When we walk at our own pace, with no distractions of our emails or our phone, our attention is free to wander. This kind of mental state is linked with having innovative ideas… so walking could be to thank for those lightbulb moments. This is certainly true for me, if I am in a creative lump, I will always go for a walk outside… and ideas always come! (some better than others…but that’s another story)
A research team at Essex University have been studying the benefits of walking in green spaces. The results are positive, discovering that it ‘reduces stress levels, improves mood, enhances psychological wellbeing and improves attention and concentration.’ Do you agree with this?
Further than just walking, there is growing amounts of research that just spending time outdoors in nature can have a huge impact on our moods. Have you heard of ecotherapy? It is a formal type of therapeutic treatment which involves doing outdoor activities in nature. MIND charity have reported that ecotherapy can help with certain types of anxiety and depression. If you are interested in this please let me know and I can send you the link to their page.
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
Anyway, after a walk in the local woodland I thought I would share this because it really got me thinking of the impacts just 10 minutes walking has on my mood and productivity.
So if you haven’t been out yet today – get after it!