Nature Heals

If there’s one thing I love and thrive from it is being outdoors. If I’m cooped up inside for too long – and too long for me is half way through the day – I become edgy and have a lowered mood. As soon as I get out I feel refreshed and clear.

I’m lucky to have a dog to walk with me because I prefer to have company when I’m walking paths in the woods or by the river. One of the most profound ways in which nature has aided my mental well-being is by grounding me in the present moment. When the weather permits I even stand barefoot in the grass and it feels amazing!

Turns out there are immense benefits of connecting with nature. Who knew:) ? Studies have shown that spending time in nature can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. The natural environment acts as a natural stress-reliever, enhancing mood, boosting self-esteem, and increasing overall feelings of well-being.

Walking outside can be a learning experience, too. My daughter showed me a bird watching app that recognizes bird calls and then identifies them. She also showed me an app that identifies vegetation. It’s so much fun to engage with life outside!

If you’re like me and prefer company, take your dog or ask a friend to join you. Maybe there is a walking group in your neighborhood you can join.

So, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, disconnected, or in need of a mental reset, take a step outside. Feel how the fresh air invigorates you, the warmth of the sun rejuvenates your spirit, and the connection with the earth beneath your feet grounds you.

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