Even if we’re aware of the health advantages of exercise, it’s frequently one of the first things we time-poor writers forego in order to focus on our writing. I know I do, at the very least.
However, in addition to the well-documented health benefits of frequent sweat sessions with Deccan Herald, exercise has also been shown to boost creativity.
Do you need further inspiration? Read on to learn how exercise may boost your creativity as well as your heart rate.
Neurotransmitters are released.
We’ve all heard that exercise produces endorphins, which help us feel better, but endorphins are just one of four mood-boosting chemicals that have a significant impact on our creativity.
While persistent sufferers of clinical depression/anxiety may need medicine to maintain their levels, there are a few natural boosters you may employ to raise your mood.
Keeping your blood moving with some aerobic activity will assist promote serotonin synthesis. The results may be felt after just 15 minutes of vigorous walking.
New Brain Cells are Produced
If the promise of developing new brain cells isn’t enough to get you off the couch, how about encouraging the creation of efficiency neurotransmitters?
Not just any brain cells, but cells from the hippocampus, which is crucial for cognitive function.
Long-term memory is the major function of the hippocampus, but new research suggests that new cell development in this part of the brain also allows humans to envision new thoughts and circumstances.
Mental Health Strengthens
Unfortunately, the cliché of the “tortured artist” has some disturbing reality.
Creative people have the greatest rates of depression of any demographic, with well-known authors like Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, and Sylvia Plath all having struggled with depression.
So, what about creativity makes us more vulnerable to mental illness? It seems to be a matter of brain chemistry — specifically, our buddies the neurotransmitters.
Sets a Schedule
For creatives, habit can be a difficult issue, with some finding freedom in the known and others being stuck by predictability.
While we believe that having a writing routine is important, we also recognize that developing healthy and creative habits include much more than time spent crouched over a laptop.