Can nature inspire creativity?

We all know that spending time outdoors and embracing nature is good for both our physical and mental health, but what impact can it have on our creativity?

Throughout history, nature has been a source of inspiration for many creatives. From retreats in remote locations, to artist-in-residence programmes held in stunning landscapes. But okay, we know what you’re thinking: that’s all well and good for landscape artists, but how can nature help to inspire me?

In recent years, studies have found that spending time outdoors is one of the best ways to get your creative juices flowing.

Getting outdoors doesn’t just help us escape the stresses of daily life – but it’s also a wonderful way to relax. Reconnecting with our environment can have a profound impact on our mood and behaviour – helping to reduce anxiety and stress, as well as increasing our attention span.

Wandering outdoors can also boost our positive emotions – such as feelings of awe, wonder and contentment. All of which have cognitive benefits, which are directly associated with creativity.

And so, the evidence keeps piling up: nature is good for you. So, here’s a thought: the next time you’re feeling unmotivated or lacking imagination, why not pop outdoors? You might just find your creativity will soar with every step you take. But don’t worry – unlike Sting, we won’t be watching you.

Image credit: Helena Nilsson