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by Abigail Golder
Immersing yourself in nature on a regular basis can be such a rewarding experience.
A natural environment allows you to disconnect from the fast-paced and stressful world we live in.
If you’re a writer or an artist, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and experience a lack of creative juices when stressed.
Dive in to the natural world and explore 5 ways nature can spark creativity.
A huge part of tapping into creativity has to do with your mental state - if not all of it.
If you’re stressed, tired, dehydrated, etc., chances are that you will not be able to reach your maximum capacity of creativity.
That is why getting a nice mental reset at least once a week can help your mental wellbeing as well as help you be more productive in your creative process.
For example, try waking up early enough to catch the sunrise and the morning bird songs before moving forward with your day.
It will reset your mind and body from your tech-filled life and refresh your soul for the remainder of the week. It can also set you up for a more peaceful and open mindset, and therefore your creativity will be easier to access.
You might be surprised by the outcome if you disconnect yourself from the busy world and reconnect internally at the beginning of the day.
We are surrounded by man-made inventions every day no matter where we go.
Whether you are in your office, your home, the grocery store, or in your car, you might notice that it’s hard to be inspired because everything around you has already been created and made.
That’s why taking some time to go for a hike or even sit in your backyard under a tree can inspire you to think of something new for a change.
For example, if you look at a flower, you can see that it holds unique shapes, has different textures and colors, weaving roots, and can inspire you to create something completely new that no one has thought of before. Nature is often the inspiration behind technology, fashion, architecture, furniture and more.
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This next point may seem subjective to people who are said to have selective hearing but being completely alone with your thoughts is different than being able to ignore those around you.
Truly having no distractions while in a natural setting allows your mind to wander into the creative parts of your brain effortlessly. You don’t need to work to have peace and quiet - in nature, you just have it! Instead, you can focus on you in that very moment, and let your mind run wild with creative thoughts. In nature, it’s easy to let go of things like your workload, finances, car maintenance, etc.
Feed your Soul
Just as your body needs food to function and operate properly, your soul needs to be fed as well. Things like hearing the birds chirp in the morning or hearing a natural river running are things that can make your soul feel “full”. It’s often times difficult to notice our soul being hungry compared to our stomach, and easy to get caught up in our everyday working lifestyle.
Now, it’s not to say that without feeding our soul, we cannot function. However, finding balance between yourself and nature, while feeling “full” in all aspects of your life, can lead to being more open, accepting and happier - and, in turn, being more in touch with your creative side. Take this time to feed your senses and find your breath.
If you are spontaneous enough to connect with nature in order to spark your creativity, it’s not too far off to say that you might also be spontaneous enough to try other things in different angles of your life.
Just as nature is spontaneous in its composition, it may inspire you to take a new approach in seeing things as well. Something as simple as watching the sunrise, walking through a lush forest, or listening to the birds chirp around you in order to experience something new can lead to more journeys both physical and spiritual. Your one spontaneous gesture can create a butterfly effect in being more open with yourself and more creative in your work.
The next time you have an artistic block or are just looking to be inspired, try one of these natural ways to get those creative juices flowing. If you feel like you are drowning in the real world and are in desperate need of creative inspiration and peace, simply hop in your car, roll the windows down, and take a mini road trip to a gorgeous nature spot that isolates you from reality - and start there.
Being in nature brings out the imaginative side in people, naturally, and it’s no surprise. We hope this will help you in your creative process!
What is your favorite way to enjoy nature? Tell us in the comments below…
about the author
Abby is a recent college graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism with a strong passion for travel, film, fashion and wedding planning. She is a Freelance Content Writer who loves to share a great story. Originally from Colorado, Abigail grew up in a small town called Montrose and she still spends much of her free time in the mountains hiking and skiing.