I have found over the years that I am very fond of walking. When I was in university I would choose to walk the half hour to the train, instead of taking the bus, even when it was -30! Walking relaxes me. It allows my brain to wander pleasantly, to soak up the sights and sounds of the world around me, without requiring the focused attention that writing does. Here are three ways in which walking helps my writing:
#1. It’s good for you:
There are now several studies that show that walking is good for our mental health. Walking in nature, is even better. The Japanese have a truly beautiful term for the way we feel after a walk in nature. They call it ‘forest bathing‘. I am very fortunate to live near a beautiful reservoir, as well as an amazing provincial park and I try to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings as a break from my work.
#2. A new Perspective:
Getting out of the house and into the world is beneficial for another reason. Our creative juices works best when we encounter new people and places. Exposing ourselves to new situations, allows our brains to create new pathways, to conceive of new ideas, and to change the way we perceive ourselves and the world around us. Any chance to do that, should be embraced, and I love the opportunity to get out into the world and explore!
Taking a break from writing is essential for me. I hit a certain point in the day when I’m just not doing anything productive. While doing a load of laundry, or making a cup of tea is a nice pause in my work, it doesn’t have quite the same effect as going for a walk. There is something about getting out of the house and into the world, that really refreshes me. After a nice walk, I feel as though my mind has been scrubbed clean, and I’m ready and eager to dive right back into my writing.
Do you find walking helps your writing? Tell me in the comments below!
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