There’s just something about the ocean, isn’t there? If looking out into the vastness and watching the waves crash along the shore gives you a sense of peace, you’re not alone. Water has long been associated with relaxation. But it also can provide clarity and increased creativity. That’s because everything about it — its color, sound, texture — invites you to slow down both physically and mentally. 

If you’re fortunate enough to live near a large body of water, make time to visit as often as you can. Annual or semi-annual trips will have to do for the rest of us. But, still, surrounding yourself with water of any kind can be beneficial. So if you need a creative boost, take yourself to the nearest pool, hop in the shower or fire up that old, dried-out desk fountain and get to daydreaming about the ocean. Those creative juices will start flowing again in no time.