Crisp greens, lush leaves, clean, fresh air. When we surround ourselves with the quiet of nature, our bodies and minds respond. Why is this a form of self-care?
During the daily hustle and bustle of our lives, we are surrounded by stressors and chaos that eat away at our emotional and mental state. Most of us have a daily routine of wake, head to work, sit in our office surrounded by energy-zapping technology and electronics with our minds working summersaults to complete tasks set around restricted time frames. By the time our work shift is done, many of us only have the energy to rush home, chow down on some food and then hit the sheets to get ready for our next workday.
The problem with this is that we don't get any replenishment. We don't get any relaxation. By the end of the work week, we are drained, both physically and mentally. This pattern can lead to some severe health issues. Stress and anxiety cause damaging effects on our biological cells, fray away at our ability to cope and become a detriment to our ability to function in a healthy state. Illness and disease can manifest within us, feeding off of all the harmful fuel our bodies create when in a high-stress state. At some point, we risk the potential of not being able to repair the built up damage.
How can we fix this?
One simple way is to GET OUTSIDE. Sit in your neighborhood park during your work break to breathe in fresh air. Sit amongst the trees and flowers and take a beat to notice how beautiful each living thing is. Notice how crisp the leaves are, how bold the colors are, how refreshing nature truly is. How nature breathes.
It changes our cells. It repairs damage and eases away the stress that builds up. It allows us to decompress. It allows us to breathe. It heals our mindset.
Take advantage of every opportunity you have to get outside. Seize every moment to stop and smell the flowers, to feel the grass on your feet and to re-ground yourself. Test yourself. Next off day, head out with a loved one (or go solo) and hit up a local trail for a hike. Move your body through the forest and most importantly, push all your worries out of your mind and breathe. When you finish, your body and mind will feel so much healthier and positive. Make it part of your routine and repair your body and soul.
Thanks for reading amigos, stay tuned for DAY EIGHT of our 29 Days of Self-Care Series!