Have you ever noticed how calming it can be to take a break from the rat race of our fast-paced lives and immerse ourselves in nature? I find that a walk through the forest or a stroll down the beach can be very relaxing – they allow us to spend a few golden moments at a different pace – and this is so healthy for us. Yet, how many of us set aside the time to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the world around us?
What keeps us from getting out into nature? I have heard all sorts of excuses:
- I am too lazy
- The game is on
- I will get dirty
- It is too hot out
- It is too cold out
- I need to catch up on sleep
- I have to run errands
- It’s too much effort to get there
I know these excuses well, I use them ALL the time. On a Saturday morning after a long work week I am often not motivated to do anything more than nothing. I want to lie in bed, read, watch movies and sleep. Yet, I find that if I am able to carve the time out to immerse myself in nature that some of my energy is restored.
What if, instead of excuses, I looked at reasons why it is valuable to get out into nature:
- My stress reduces
- I am re-energized
- I am able to appreciate the beauty around me
- I get exercise
- I connect with nature and my family simultaneously
- It is easier to breathe
- It refreshed me
- I find that I am happier
- I get more quality time with my family
- The photos I take are gorgeous
Today, 348 days ’til 40, I am going to try to make less excuses. I have always appreciated the beauty in the nature around me, but I am now going to make a conscious effort to immerse myself in this beauty on a regular basis.