What do you do when you are stuck on something?
You go for a walk.
Going for a walk seems to clear the head and you get a fresh perspective on things.
The Latin phrase solvitur ambulando means “it is solved by walking” is bang on.
Hit a creative block? Solvitur ambulando.
Is your head thick with difficulties, mysteries, trials, fears?
Take a hike.
Are you mulling over a problem but getting nowhere fast?
Shanks’s pony it is then.
Walking can provide a much needed diversion and distraction which for some involves observing, contemplating, day-dreaming or praying.
Many make walking a daily routine in order to aid their thinking and see it as essential for exercising the mind. It is mentally relaxing but also mentally stimulating.
Friedrich Nietzsche in Twilight of the Idols saw walking as essential for thinking: “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking,”
Need to iron out a few mental wrinkles?
Want to tap into your creativity and capacity for wonder as well as improve your wisdom and well-being?
You know what to do.
Sitting at a desk all morning does no one any good because your head gets stuffy, stagnant and starts to confuse itself. Walking gets the blood shifting and you feel better for it.
Persevering doesn’t mean staying at a problem for four hours at a stretch – it benefits from a break and that means going for a walk.
Walking shakes off the cobwebs and clears the pipes. It is good for our physical health and our mental health.