8 Ways to Boost Emotional Wellness Outdoors

8 Ways to Boost Emotional Wellness Outdoors

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In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

Life can feel pretty complicated these days.

With so much going on, it’s easy overlook the obvious, stress-relieving remedies that are right in front of us.

Like the simple power of spending time outdoors. 

Last summer, we shared the benefits of getting back to nature.

Of the awesome benefits of tapping into nature’s sights, sounds, and sun to transform our well-being.

Today we’re highlighting 8 simple ways to get outdoors for the benefit of your emotional wellness:

1. Take a hike. (Or a walk around the neighborhood.)

It doesn’t need to be complicated. Just 15 minutes up and down your own street is all you need to start enjoying the benefits of a walk in the fresh air. Want to double the return on your investment of time and energy? Turn it into a walking meditation! Leave the earbuds behind and notice the sights and sounds around you.

2. Plan a picnic.

You don’t have to go any farther than your own lawn. Just grab a blanket, pack up an easy meal, and invite your family or friends to join you. You may be surprised how rejuvenated you feel after a couple hours outdoors.

3. Ground yourself.

Feeling a little scattered? Like life’s moving too quickly? Try grounding yourself. Simply remove your shoes and place your feet on the grass or dirt and breathe deeply, letting the relaxation wash over you.

4. Climb something.

It could be a tree. Or a boulder. Or a climbing structure at your local playground. Just get outdoors, climb something, and embrace the experience of challenging yourself. The view from the top (and the bragging rights) will be well worth the effort!

5. Look up.

Sometimes it can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Like you’re responsible for everyone and everything in your life. To regain a little perspective, try looking up at the sky for awhile. Nothing like watching massive clouds roll by (or countless stars fill the darkness) to help you remember your humanity.

6. Look down.

Maybe you’re feeling helpless in some area of your life. Like you have no say or control over your own experience, no power to effect change. Try scooping up a handful of sand or running your fingers through blades of grass, and notice how capable your hands your feel.

7. Play a game.

Is life getting a little too serious these days? Organize a game of ultimate Frisbee, freeze tag, or capture the flag outdoors. You’ll be feeling like a kid again before you know it.

8. Bust a move.

Want to surprise your partner, roommates, or family at your next backyard BBQ or day at the lake? Catch them off-guard with a little impromptu dance party! Take turns picking songs, and leave your pride at the door as you show off your best (and worst!) dance moves outdoors.

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