Walking and the creative process

Walking and the creative process

The benefits of a daily walk in nature: Why I lace up my hiking boots every day.

I’m equally creative on a walk in nature as I am with my guitar in my hand, but I wasn’t always like this.

There’s something about being in nature that just makes me feel more creative. Maybe it’s the fresh air, or the sound of the birds chirping in the trees. But ever since I got my dog, Alys, and started taking her on daily walks in the forest, I’ve found that my songwriting has improved.

Skeet & Alys
Alys Blue Merle Cockapoo

I find that, more often than not, I finish lyrics I’ve started when I’m walking. I also compose music in the same way. I’ll be humming a melody and suddenly a great guitar riff will come into my head, or I’ll think of a killer bridge for a song I’ve been working on.

Alys is nearly 2 now. We’ve covered some miles together already and I’m looking forward to doing this for years to come, dog willing 😉
She’s the happiest dog on Earth and not a day goes by when she doesn’t make me smile. She’s has a big personality, is naturally well behaved and very loving indeed. Her love and companionship enhance my life no end. Bearing in mind I didn’t want another dog after losing my old boy, Raven at nearly 17 years old, but that’s another story for another day.

The effects of nature on creativity are undeniable – there is a clear correlation between spending time outdoors and increased creative thinking. Being in natural settings can open up the mind to explore different perspectives, enabling one to come to new and innovative ideas. I’m drawn to nature because it helps spark my creativity. Even when I don’t have my guitar with me, I’m still writing songs!

Walking is also extremely good for my physical & mental health, equally I would say. I usually walk 6km in the morning, and sometimes again in the evening during the summer months. I find this daily exercise keeps my mood stable. I’m a much more positive person as a result of committing to doing this daily.

You can see a short video of where I walk here:

Spending time walking in nature has a positive impact on my creative process. My time spent in nature helps reduce stress, improves my focus, and increases creativity. If you’re looking for a way to boost your creativity, spending some time in nature may be the answer. Be sure to like, follow, and comment if you enjoyed reading this post.


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