Give Your Mind A Rest
Psychologists at the Universities of Kansas and Utah came up with a not-very-surprising conclusion. They found that when people took a break from their electronic devices by going hiking in the wilderness for 4-6 days, their scores on creativity tests increased. I totally believe these findings, but I doubt that it was just about the hikers leaving their cell phones and computers behind (which seems to be the researchers” conclusions). I suspect that it was nourishing to leave their lives behind, ditch all the stimulation, step away from the clock for a little while and use other parts of the brain – i.e., see beautiful mountains, walk until you are tired, eat simply, and have unscheduled time. People were in novel environments, they had different stimuli, their minds were less cluttered. I would love to know more details about what happens to our minds during these periods that increase creativity.
Source: PLoS One, Dec 12
If you can’t go hiking, take a break and read Object of Obsession