Need a fresh idea? Take a walk.
The simple act of walking rejuvenates your mind as well as your body. A Stanford University research study found that people boosted their creative inspiration by an average of 60 percent just by walking.
Many of my best writing ideas have come to me while I was walking. If I’m struggling with writer’s block, I’ll take an office break for about 20 minutes to walk. Always, I return to my desk afterward with a breakthrough idea. Sometimes solutions to problems will come to me on one of the walks I take around my neighborhood regularly. At other times, my mind will make new connections between the details of my life, helping me understand situations better as I walk.
How often have you noticed new insights coming to you during a walk? Whether you’re hiking through a park or simply strolling down a hallway, your mind is a magnet for new ideas because walking promotes clear thinking. That’s why some people pace back and forth across a room while they’re trying to figure something out.
So get creative about how you can combine walking and thinking in your life. Consider:
- Praying or meditating while you walk
- Walking around your workplace (or outside it) to reflect on a current project
- Mulling over a problem in your personal life (such as a broken relationship, financial stress, or a health issue) during a walk
- Hiking outside in nature and making note afterward of insights that come to you
When you move your body, your mind moves forward, too.
Whitney Hopler writes about how to pursue wellness in body, mind, and spirit.