How Outdoor Adventures Can Influence and Boost Creativity

How Outdoor Adventures Can Influence and Boost Creativity

By Kelsey KrahnGeneral

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The unconventional wild influences wild, unhinged thinking. Nature lacks rules, painting images of adventure and untouched flowers and trees freely roamed by wildlife. Just think of the secret ventures unfolding in moody forests and mountain tops. It's fascinating, it's wild, and it's inspirational.

Spending time in a chamber of trees opens up the chasms of our minds to thoughts, scenarios, and ideas that struggle to come forth when surrounded by four bland walls. For example, famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth, and yes, Taylor Swift found inspiration in the UK's Lake District! There's something magical about how time outdoors can elevate creativity naturally.

If you're seeking a creative boast, give this article a quick read and then head outside, where the magic of nature awaits.

Elevate imagination
A study shows the relationship between nature and creativity
What adventures can you do?

Elevate imagination

Do you remember when you were a kid and went on camping trips with your family? I recall creating plays, using nature as a key setting (or a tent as a change room), and performing them to my parents—much to their displeasure. Then, my siblings and I would spend the sizzling afternoons snorkelling and coming up with a whole new world via makeshift sign language. Nature became our foundation for creativity.

Spending time or doing an activity outdoors works wonders for your imagination. One study claims that just a 25-minute walk can elevate your creativity, ultimately, your imagination. Again, look at the Romantic poets and how nature-inspired timeless masterpieces!

Running along the river

Running along the river

A study shows the relationship between nature and creativity

We want to acknowledge the incredible workers who can focus nonstop in an office space. That takes a lot of attention. But if you find yourself drifting into a state of procrastination, do yourself a favour and shut your laptop. Then, head to your nearest park or outdoor space to breathe in some fresh air and let your eyes rest on the surrounding trees, green grass, rivers, etc. Don't believe us? A study published in 2012 may steer your thinking. The results showed:

"that four days of immersion in nature, and the corresponding disconnection from multi-media and technology, increases performance on a creativity, problem-solving task by a full 50% in a group of naive hikers. Our results demonstrate that there is a cognitive advantage to be realized if we spend time immersed in a natural setting."

I remember when my friends and I spent a morning hiking to a waterfall before writing for the day. As soon as we stepped into the trees and away from the busy road, everything related to work lingered in the distance as we explored and revelled in shimmering waterfalls and pools. Later on, when we started work, it was like we tapped into a state of hyperfocus. Our fingers typed nonstop for hours! The waterfall excursion granted us a creative boost that we didn't know we needed.

If your career requires a lot of sitting, computer work, and focus, then the 25-minute meander suggested above may boost your creativity and attention span. It's worth the try, isn't it?

And it all makes sense when you think about it. The outdoors have no barriers, no rules, and it's pure untamed wild. So when our brains need a break from the conventional, why not go somewhere, just for a moment, to give our minds a break from stress and a place to run wild.

What adventures can you do?

Sometimes I find that even hiking or getting outside on the weekends helps me get through a week on the computer! Thankfully, 10Adventures boasts free route guides detailing incredible backpacking trips, hiking spots, mountain biking trails, and more worldwide.

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