There are no two ways about it – our minds need to interact with nature in order to function optimally. When you take a half hour walk outdoors you discover the antidote you may need to reduce anxiety levels, increase your quality of sleep, and boost your mood.
When you hear the birds chirping, see the sun reflect off a pond, or feel a gentle breeze blowing, you are releasing built up stresses and anxiety without realizing it. There are many theories as to the benefits from spending some time outdoors. Below are just a few. What other ones can you come up with?
Make it a habit to spend more time in nature. Exercise outside occasionally rather than the gym. Have lunch outdoors. Have a plant in your office, if allowed, or make your drive home go through a park or green space.
Equally important is to give your time to others. By devoting your time and energy to a cause much bigger than yourself, you begin to realize the impact you can have. You are no longer focused on your own self-interest. Much like spending time with nature, when you give time to others (volunteering), you feel less time constrained and better able to complete many tasks and responsibilities. By giving time to others, as opposed to unwinding in front of the television, you actually feel less time inhibited. When you are more generous with your time you find yourself more productive and less rushed or stressed.
Finally, it is important to travel often. Traveling stretches your horizon and enriches your commitment to lifelong learning. It also gives you an opportunity to disconnect from regular life. The relaxation one experiences when traveling is totally different than relaxing at home. And, we don’t mean traveling to a relative’s house or a place associated with work. It is important to experience new customs and gain a new perspective. When you travel, you begin to appreciate the things you take for granted. You also gain a stronger visualization of what you can create.
Why not designate one weekend a month to get yourself out of your regular routines? Allow the ever-changing scenery of your life keep you inspired. There is so much more to your world than your everyday routine.
And, throughout your day remind yourself this is “My Moment to Succeed.”
bartism: "You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no results." ~gandhi
bart is a nationally known, sought-after motivational speaker, author, blogger, personal coach, trainer, entrepreneur, and major advocate of the theatre community.
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