This post by Jennifer Flaten
A new study by Standford University finds that walking can stimulate creativity. Last year I logged over 700 miles, I should have creativity coming out my ears!
When I was a teenager, I had a job working for the county. My job involved a lot of painting, meeting setting and housekeeping. I came up with some wonderfully detailed stories in my head during my shifts. Sometimes, I would rewrite books or TV shows to how I thought they should end.
It’s a little harder to drift into that dream state vacuuming the house with a bunch of kids tugging at your attention, but every once in awhile I realize I just cleaned the entire kitchen while thinking about my next writing assignment.
I try to walk every day, although I admit I didn’t do it as much this winter, I blame the sub zero weather. I also notice I did have little creative slump for a while. Now that I am walking every day again, I feel the creativity flowing through me.
While I don’t spend as much time coming up with elaborate stories now that I am an adult, I certainly use my daily walks to come up with new jewelry designs, knitting inspirations etc.
Of course, some of the time mundane tasks creep into my walk I plan a weeks worth of meals and write a mental grocery list (that I will promptly forget), or solve another problem.
Do you find movement stimulates your creativity?