Let’s face it; life can be stressful. For some it’s not as intense, however for others it’s like we carry the whole world on our shoulders. With so much school work to do, and with the drama that comes with interacting with others, have you ever wondered if there was a way to relieve yourself of all that stress? Because there is one, and it’s literally right outside your door.
Interacting with nature has been getting more recognition over the years as a vital role in helping people deal with stress. In fact, recent psychological studies show that people with depression and anxiety who have been exposed to a greener environment have produced results of lower stress levels, and are noticeably happier. Trees naturally help to eliminate all the toxins and CO₂ in the air, and produce more of that much needed oxygen for our brains and cells. So you’re not only mentally improving your health, but physically as well.
There are many ways you can spend time in nature.
Go kayaking or whitewater rafting at the closest permitted lake or river entrance. Don’t be afraid to try if you have never done it before. It’s very easy, and many county parks offer lessons and rentals for both individuals and family groups rates!
Simply go to your local state or County Park with some friends. This is easy and affordable, as it involves just simply walking around.
Bird watching is one of the most popular hobbies worldwide. It involves being still in order to connect with nature, as you hunt for wildlife with binoculars or a camera.
You can plant a vegetable or flower garden. Grow your own tomatoes and spinach, or enjoy the smell of a patch of lavender, which is a very natural soothing scent.
You can even improve your wildlife exposure just by putting a plant in your room. It’s a funky way to decorate your living space, and it also helps balance the oxygen flow of the whole house. Aloe plants and spider plants are really easy plants to take care of.
Anything you choose to do will do the job. Just keep the idea of being around green in mind. I always make time in my schedule to go hiking once a week, whether it’s with my friends or by myself (and if so I always inform someone of where I am going and how long I will be). It’s a way for me to meditate and process all the stress in my life, and reminds me that this world is huge, and holds more opportunity for each and every one of us beyond what our eyes can see.