If you follow this blog, you know I’ve encouraged you to go outside to realize peace, it’s easy, quick and doesn’t cost a thing. Now that winter has passed, get into nature, whether you go out to your yard, take a walk, or go somewhere to be in nature, it is the ultimate “medicine” for calming your mind and de-stressing.
“Allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.” ~John Muir.
I love being outdoors, the musical sounds of the birds, the warmth of the sun on my face, the beautiful blue sky, I could go on forever. When I was a girl, I loved being outdoors so much that even when the street lights came on my sisters, brother and I would beg our mom to let us stay out just a bit longer.
Can’t you just smell that rose?
Can’t you just feel the sand between your toes?
Scientific evidence shows time in nature:
Helps you to feel better
Helps you to pay more attention to the present
You’ll de-stress and slow down
Enhances your sense of belonging, happiness, resilience
Improves short-term memory
Increases sharper thinking
May improve vision in children
Boosts the immune system
Remember that being outdoors should be your time to enjoy the beauty of the world around you. Talking on your cell or texting cancels any of the benefits you’re mind and body would get. There has to be some time of quiet and being disconnected from all of the stress and anxiousness that life can bring so our mind and body can experience a state of complete relaxation.
There are additional benefits that are essential to a longer, healthier life. You’ll get some natural Vitamin D; natural light helps with a better night’s sleep, fresh air improves blood pressure, increased fresh oxygen increases your sense of well-being and the physical activity increases your endorphins. Even taking your shoes off and walking in the sand or the grass is beneficial because the bacteria in the soil boosts your serotonin levels.
Find a way to nurture your spirit by:
Going for a walk
Taking a bike ride
Getting a camera or using your cell phone camera to capture nature
Driving to a park and having a picnic
Sitting in your yard to relax
Joining a walking group
Eating your meals outside
Walking to a friend’s house
Getting a walking buddy
“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”— John Muir, Our National Parks