There is nothing quite like spending time outside immersed in nature. Whether it’s getting out in the morning or in the cool of the evening, I believe there is nothing better for mental and overall health than going on a walk or run and truly seeing the world around you. To get out of your own head, focus on the texture of the trees, feel the weather on your skin, concentrate on your inhale and exhale.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by life, go outside and run, walk, or hike to let your mind decompress and process whatever it needs to.
If you are feeling depressed, go outside and focus on a flower, tree, bird, or stream. Find beauty outside of yourself if you are not feeling it on the inside.
If you are feeling angry, go outside and run. Get it out.
If you are feeling lonely, go outside, take off your shoes and feel the earth beneath your toes, realize that you are not alone.
If you are feeling happy, go outside, skip, and enjoy everything that you see.
If you are feeling anxious, go outside, let yourself destress by roaming around a park.
If you are feeling sad, go outside, set up a hammock or picnic blanket and look up at the sky. Let your tears or hurts pour out.
If you are feeling apathetic about life, go outside, find a body of water, and watch the way it moves. Or better yet get in and feel the way it moves you.
No matter what you may be feeling at this moment, nature therapy should be included in your response. Trees, grass, flowers, and every single creature are all fueled by the Ultimate Source of life, same as you and me. When you go outside to re-connect with nature, you are actively putting yourself closer to the one true source of life, and His creation. Find a good spot near you and enjoy it today!