You may live in one of the most beautiful corners of the earth, but if you’re anything like the typical inhabitants of the 21st Century developed world, there’s
a good chance that you’re so perpetually busy and preoccupied that you rarely, if ever, actually find the time to enjoy it.
This is easy enough to understand. There’s a lot out there to do, your boss is breathing down your neck, and you’re pretty sure that your cat is plotting
Between looking for the best credit card consolidation loans, upgrading to a luxury bag of kitty litter, and filing those TPS reports, who has time to go for a
Well, the answer should be “I do”.
Because no matter what’s happening in
your life, taking some time out in nature is one of the most rejuvenating experiences going.
Some research has even suggested that just being able to see a tree on a regular basis can boost your health and happiness.
So, go outside!
And when you do, here are some tips for getting the most out of a walk in nature.
Leave the headphones in your pocket, and just listen to the sounds of nature
If you’re the constantly distracted type whose mind races at a million miles an hour no matter what, you might benefit from putting your headphones away, and just getting lost in the sounds of nature as you’re out on your walk.
Before too long, you’ll find that doing this puts you in a meditative frame of mind. You’ll go into a kind of Zen experience, and your thoughts will start to calm.
The relaxing sounds of the great outdoors will help to wash away some of the agitations of city living, and you may even begin to be filled with inspiration and ideas that you’ve been searching for for a long time.
Some of the greatest writers and philosophers of history have credited walks with providing them with inspiration. Maybe they’ll do the same for you.
Take a notepad and find a moment to write or draw
One of the best things you can do when going for a walk in nature, is to pack a notepad or sketchpad, and pen with you and take a break now or then to draw or write something down.
The point here isn’t to produce masterpieces of profound art, the point here is simply to get in touch with the deeper parts of yourself and express something on the page.
Poetry, drawings, none of it has to be good; it just has to help you to get in touch with your emotions.
By doing this, you can expect to feel a sort of catharsis, and to feel calmer, and more in touch with yourself at the end of the walk than you were at the
Listen to an uplifting audiobook as you walk
This is, of course, an alternative solution to putting your headphones and getting lost in the sounds of nature.
If, however, you don’t find as much time to read as you’d like on a daily basis, a walk can be the perfect opportunity to listen to an uplifting audiobook.
Ideally, you’ll want something that helps you become happier, or inspires you to address a particular issue you’ve been experiencing. Upbeat fiction and self-help books are great options here.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.