Heather Harper I Borderline Press I Feb 12, 2016
Writers need to feel inspired in their work, but the daily grind can wear a person down, no matter how young and spry a person might be. The tedium of television and social media can take a toll on a person’s psyche over time. When we begin looking through things, instead of at them, we also lose our sense of compassion and belonging. The isolation of #writing can sometimes contribute to a feeling of disconnect.
Scientific evidence has proven that viewing nature scenes can be beneficial to healing. Perhaps this is why so many desktop backgrounds are landscapes; maybe the developers realize that people working in front of a screen all day need a mental break. The truth is, we need to take a moment and gather some introspection from time to time.
Take a look at the world around you. What do you see? Is there a painting on your wall that you disregard every day? Observe it closely and try to get a sense of what the artist is trying to convey. Messages can be found in art, but only if we pay attention. Nature is the same way. Spending time outdoors is always the best way to find the hidden beauty of the world, but if you cannot indulge there are other ways to enjoy the serenity of the forest. White noise apps allow you to create your own peaceful background sounds; combined with pleasant views of the forest, you will be feeling fine in no time.
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