Nature & Getting Outdoors — The Ultimate Stress Reducer

October 2, 2017

Here is a simple exercise that can ease your stress in a matter of minutes.

To begin, take a moment to think about peace and tranquility. Really sit back and allow yourself to think and feel serenity and calm.

What kinds of mental images come to mind? A newspaper, TV, Traffic? Highly unlikely! For most people it is the images that are found only in nature, such as, a mountain meadow or the crashing surf. Nature soothes the mind and calms the senses. Mother Nature has been nurturing us through our evolutionary process and helps us maintain our psychological, physical and emotional health.

The Problem
In today’s fast paced society, we are overloaded both visually and mentally. Most of us spend over 90% of our waking hours indoors. And in a world of technology and urban living, our bonds with Mother Nature have been fractured and we’re more rushed, stressed and depressed then ever before. Seldom do we find ourselves enjoying the outdoors and reaping the health benefits of the serenity and calm that Mother Nature has to offer.

The Simple Solution
By periodically immersing ourselves in nature and the outdoors, we give our body and senses a chance to restore and energize.

Here’s a relaxing exercise you can do outdoors on the trail or in your backyard.

Exercise: The Clenched Breath
• Clench your fists tightly while your take a deep diaphragmatic breath.
• Hold it for a count of ten.
• Exhale thoroughly and completely as you allow your body go limp.
• Repeat 3 to 5 times.

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