I’ve said it once, and I will say it again: You’ve got to get yourself outside. Not only is it good for your vitamin D intake, getting outside is good for your soul and for your holistic well being.
I spend most of my days under some type of artificial lighting – whether it be at work, in a coffee shop, in the gym, restaurant, at home – there are ample activities we engage in throughout our day that keep us inside.
Sure, it’s summer. “It’s hot and humid outside,” you might say to yourself when you get home. Reasonable enough. However, you’ve got to understand that getting fresh air changes your perspective on all of the things you typically do during your day.
For instance, in the city – touching grass is not a commonplace activity. However when this luxury does happen to present itself, I have found it often slows time down – at least just a little bit. A physical connection to a natural source becomes more apparent, and suddenly, the load of dependencies and obligations I carry on my shoulders feels just a bit lighter.
Touching grass is not a cure in itself for stress or anxiety, however it certainly is an example of how environmental connection can support the grounding of our minds and emotions. The experience had when immersed in the natural elements of our world provides a glimpse into a world of stillness; a world free of work, unwanted circumstances and personal uncertainty and discomfort.
So what can you do to help yourself?
Intentionally place yourself into these types of naturally-influenced scenarios, regularly.
By making this practice a habit (not every day, but at least a couple times per week), acknowledgement that a calm and desirable state of mind exists, and more importantly, is within reach, becomes an evident reality throughout all of your everyday experiences.