Nature and sunlight provide us with beauty, energy, vitamin synthesis, and clean, fresh air. In nature we have chance to relax and release our stress to the open air. Below are a few ideas to get you into the natural flow of things. The list is by no means exhaustive, only some really simple ideas that can easily get you started.
You don’t have to be a jogger or swimmer or even a walker. You just have to be outside and you are doing good things for your body and your spirit.
Take your meditation times outside. Experience the magic of nature and let the sunlight work in your body. You know, 20 minutes in the sun will cause your body to manufacture vitamin D naturally, which is necessary for your good health.
When you’re outside, walking to the store, work or to a neighbor’s house, take time to notice the trees, leaves, plants, animals along the way. When was the last time you were stopped in your tracks by a lovely spider web, or the things that insects do? Be open; let it take you for a moment. As it does, you can feel your stress passing out of you.
Putting a birdfeeder in your backyard is a way of inviting birds to come and be present with you.
You can take up gardening or landscaping. While you’re gardening, you may want to consider planting a vegetable garden. Organic fruit and vegetables are the healthiest produce to eat. And what better way to interact with nature!
If you find that you spend much of your time indoors, bring nature in with you. Bring a water fountain inside to bring you close to nature. The natural sound of moving water can relieve stress easily.
Indoor plants are beneficial in relieving stress in several ways:
- There are kinds that can cleanse the air you’re breathing
- Caring for plants, like gardening, is a therapeutic, soothing activity
Salt lamps are designed to increase negative ions in the air and this enhances your relaxed, calm sense of being.
Nature sounds on compact discs are developed with the understanding that nature is critical to stress relief. If you cannot be in it, you can use these sounds to recall the experiences of being in nature and sun. At your desk, or wherever you choose, close your eyes, listen and breathe deeply and for a few minutes work can be a distant memory.
What does your desktop and screensaver look like? Try putting up pictures of nature and in your times between activities you can briefly drift off into nature.
Article Courtesy of Global Healing Center, found here