Do you ever notice how your energy changes when you’re surrounded by nature? We’re meant to be outdoors. So when life’s daily stressors – be it people, work, hectic city living, or any number of other things – deplete our energy, we should head outside. With all that life throws at us, we need to regularly restore our energy to regain our balance and feel a sense of calm and peace. There are many ways to regain energy, and one of the most effective and efficient ways is through nature. Understandably, when we’re in nature, we feel better and more at ease.
Simply stepping into a lush, green space brings me a sense of peace and relief. I feel myself relaxing and the energy flowing in between my body and the trees. Nature heals, and plant life gives off energy in a unique way that has an immediate and positive affect on our mental wellness. I can feel my stress and anxiety melt away. For some people, experiencing time in nature can even help alleviate depression. What’s more grounding than trees rooted in the earth?
Nature also offers an escape from life’s problems, and time away from being “in my head.” Whether you’re exploring the natural world on your own or with others, it’s important to fully experience it. Take in all the beauty around you: literally stop to smell the flowers and air, touch the trees, and feel the sun and wind on your skin.
Sometimes, I take my camera and snap photos, which allows me to see beauty and perspectives I didn’t see before. Some experiences I find particularly calming and energizing are the sounds of a bubbling brook, and the feeling of the autumn leaves crunching beneath my feet. I love getting lost and discovering a whole new world of beauty. I often gain a new perspective by hiking to a high point and overlook the city or tops of trees. Problems often don’t seem as bad as I had thought from the top of a mountain.
You don’t need to go into complete wilderness, or spend all day in nature, to gain the many benefits that nature provides. A park, body of water, or even a grassy area outside your home or office can be your nature respite. If you live in Massachusetts, find some outdoor places near you here.
Challenge yourself to get out in nature at least once per week, and more often if you can. What’s your favorite nature spot?
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