8 Ways to De-stress in Nature
We’ve all been there; Frazzled, stressed out, hair in a messy, sideways in a bun, and totally exhausted. Sometimes life can get the best of us. With commutes, busy work schedules, family commitments, chores, political chaos, and a to-do list the length of Rapunzel’s hair.
Other times the stresses of life can be sneaky- we don’t even know that we are stressed out until we get away from it all and realize that with the change of scenery came a sudden relief. I didn’t know I was that stressed out until I realized how relaxed I felt when I was away from it all!
You know you might be stressed if you can identify with any items this list:
Feeling like you’re on a treadmill of never-ending “to dos”
Finding yourself emotionally eating
The words “tired”, “overwhelmed” keep coming up in conversations with others
You withdraw from conversations with others because there is simply not enough time or energy in the tank to engage with them
You find yourself physically tense, but not from working out, just from the stresses of life
As humans our lives are a delicate balance of commitments. While we cannot always escape a challenging job or a tough segment of life, we can recharge and take back our mental and spiritual health by taking moments to stop and relax. Here are 8 ways that you can press “pause” on the stresses of life and recharge in nature:
1. Hike on a Trail
Research has shown that hiking offers TONS of health benefits, from releasing endorphins, to lowering anxiety, to lowering overall body weight.
2. Appreciate Something Beautiful
Whether it's going for a scenic drive or going to an art museum- looking at something with a sense of appreciation can be spiritually recharging.
3. Remove Stress from The Future
What prevents people from feeling recharged? Simply having too much to do. What is one thing you can do to remove stress from you life? Maybe something as small as unsubscribing from emails that you don't need to lessen the amount on your to-do list.
4. Connect with Others in a Meaningful Way
One thing that often gets neglected due to business is a chance to connect with others in a way that is recharging. Do you need a girls night (or night out with the guys)? Find a way to connect with others. You'll leave feeling energized!
5. Get Away from Routine
It can be so easy to fall into a routine and feel... well, bored. Shaking up a routine can make you feel alive, excited, and give you something to look forward to. Here are a few ideas:
get up early to watch a sunrise
instead of going straight home after work, stop at a park for a walk
try a new activity with an open mind that's out of your comfort zone (Zumba, anyone?)
schedule a date with yourself to reflect on your life
6. Instead of emotional eating…
Go for a walk around the block! A quick walk can be a way to reset emotions, relax, and recenter.
7. Walk with a coworker.
When work becomes too much, leave the laptop behind and ask a coworker to walk or go outside and toss a frisbee.
8. Buy a Plant.
A study by International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (via Men's Fitness) stated that bringing in a plant to your environment reduces stress!
Trying doing any, some or all of the things on the list to recharge. Keep in mind, there’s always a beautiful sky to be enjoyed anywhere you go.
"Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." -John Muir
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