What can shift your mood for 24 to 48 hours?
For me? Time in nature.
No matter where I live or where I travel, I find myself seeking out nature.
This is a picture from my run today. We’re living at my mother-in-law’s house while we do a renovation, and I found this lovely trail beside a river.
The interesting thing about it - besides the fact that it is a part of the largest patch of untouched nature in urban area in Ontario - is that to the left of this trail is a major road. While running, I’m noticing not only a lovely duck dive under the water, but, the sounds of major traffic making its way to and from work.
I have found in my life that there are always tiny pockets of nature anywhere you go - and, all it takes even the smallest fern, and some focused attention, to decrease your cortisol levels and help you to feel calm.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, over-stimulated, exhausted or generally stressed… find yourself some nature and immerse yourself.
It can be as nice as a forest trail, or as small as a plant that you love.
Many studies have been done about nature and its healing properties - and, the good news is that you don’t have to take a 10 day hiking trip in the Rockies to get the benefits.
Spend time observing that little plant in your room, and notice your body relax.
So, for all those parents out there, don’t just put your kids in nature, get out there too! Take 10 minutes away from the dishes and just stand in your backyard while your kids play. Notice the trees, or the chilly wind, or the sunshine leaping across the snow.
And, if you have a chance to get a workout - consider doing it outside - you’ll get double the cortisol burn!