Nature play has so many benefits for children but what about us adults? When I am surrounded by nature I feel calmer, my mind clears and my body relaxes.
My mood changes when I am in nature and I have a relaxed state of mind. I don’t even realise that I feel stressed yet I can feel my body relax, the tightness around my chest and shoulders disappears. My body relaxes and I finally I feel like I can breathe.
I have come up with a list of things you can do when you are in nature to help you feel better. Help you feel calmer and relaxed, even if it is just a a few minutes.
Go for a bush walk
You will be busy taking in your surroundings while you are bush walking that you will hardly notice that you are exercising. It teaches you to be present, in the moment and feel connected to the natural environment. Plus all that fresh air you breath in is good for the lungs.
Go Bare Foot
Kick off your shoes and let your feet feel the earth. It may even mean just walking bare foot on the grass or down the beach. Walking bare food helps you to feel grounded, connects you to nature, it is also know to reduce stress and anxiety. So what are you waiting for, set those piggies free!
There is nothing like sitting around an open fire to help you relax. Feeling the warmth of the fire and watching the flames flicker. It is also know as bush telly and it is so true you can just watch the fire for hours. Leave technology behind and connect with others by having a good old chat around the open fire.
When I go into the ocean I just float. Lay on my back with the salt water keeping me buoyant, feeling weightless. All I can hear is the waves crashing and the water lapping against my body. In that moment I feel peaceful, my mind is not racing, just noticing my surroundings. No cares in the world, just being at one with the ocean.
This is my meditation, being in a deep state of relaxation and shutting out the world.
Get right away from everything and go camping. There is something about camping on the beach and going to sleep listening to the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore. Camp in the bush, wake to the sound of the Australian bush with magpies and kookaburras singing their tune. Peer out of the tent and see the sun glistening through the trees.
Get away for a few days without any external distractions and let nature improve your mood.
These are my 5 ideas to help you feel good in nature. Do you have any to add to the list?