We can all use a little more time to relax. People are so stressed these days that it seems that no amount of time would be enough. Sometimes people feel they must spend hundreds of dollars on various exercise equipment to feel find the time to relax. The truth is you don’t need all that. All you need is a little time outside to really re-connect with yourself and feel better. Nature can be the universal healer if you just allow yourself to encompass you.
Now I know I am sounding a little like a hippie at this point, but I really believe in this. Studies suggest that spending time outdoors everyday increases our levels of vitamin D. This then helps with alleviating depression or any negativity that you may be feeling. I like to go out running every morning while the morning sun is just breaking through. It really is the perfect way to start the day. There is just something about being outside with nature and doing various exercises. It really quiets the mind and helps put you in the right state of mind for the rest of your day.
If you are not a big fan of running, then it can also be beneficial to just sit outside in the sunshine for a while. Just spending a few minutes meditating with nature can be enough. I have seen people lay out in the sunshine with a blanket at the beginning of their morning. Sometimes just being able to absorb the sun’s rays can be enough. This can be especially important when you are feeling below the weather. I know when I feel anxious that sometimes its just best for me to take myself out on my porch and just lay still. There are so much lovely sounds that occur in nature. It is better than any soundtrack.
Playing outdoors can be so relaxing as well. Some people like to walk on nature trails but others like more active activities such as soccer or football. Like more adventurous ventures? Try rock climbing. It may sound a little much but many consider it very relaxing to just be out there with nothing but rocks and ropes. It takes a lot of concentration and stamina to be good at it but it can be so rewarding in the end of the day. Having the discipline to spend that time outside is what is really important. It doesn’t matter what you do in the end. The thing that counts is being out there and being outside.
The benefits of relaxing outside and being in nature are numerous. Finding an activity that works for you is important. This will give you the motivation to make it a habit to keep doing it. I really can’t say enough about getting your butt outside and being active. It’s some of the cheapest therapy you can have for sure. No matter what you do, get out there and have fun!
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