There is nothing more peaceful than being surrounded by nature and enveloped by its healing power. The sight of colorful birds and trees, the symphonic sound of crickets and birds singing, the gentle kiss of wind on your face, and the smell of freshly cut grass or a fragrant gardenia can be an instant stress reducer. The Great Outdoors is also a place where we can be alone with our thoughts and feelings. Have you ever gone for a walk to ‘clear your head’ and suddenly came up with creative thoughts about how to solve a problem or design something new? Inspiration takes place in many forms and in many places. Being in nature can do more than just enhance our sense of vitality.
When I was hospitalized for migraines, a neurologist suggested I listen to recoded sounds of nature in a dark room. Why not just go outside, I wondered? At that point, I realized breathing fresh air was more than just a temporary fix to relieve stress, but also innately rewarding for us all. It’s energizing and enlightening to fully envelop yourself in Mother Nature. If you’ve never watched the sun dip into the horizon until it’s completely disappeared, you simply must.
“Earthing” is a new medical term that involves feeling the earth’s energy beneath your feet. Rubber- or leather-soled shoes prevent the earth’s vibration from touching your hands or feet. Numerous studies indicate a positive response among individuals who routinely get in physical touch with the earth. My happiest times are when I’m walking on the beach barefoot. It feels peaceful and rejuvenating and I always feel healthier.
Want to get more out of your workout? Take it outside! Research shows that exercising outdoors can enhance your self-esteem and lead to a greater sense of well-being. Take a few minutes today to enjoy and celebrate the spirit of the wild.