Need to clear your head? Get outside!

Need to clear your head? Get outside!

18 September, 2018 16 comments

Whenever I’ve had a tough day at work, the first thing I do when I get home, is go stand in the garden. I’ll walk past the door and walk straight into the garden, look up to the sky and breathe.

After a day of being stuck inside four walls, staring at a screen, under the glow of artificial light, I need fresh air, greenery, nature… As soon as I’m surrounded by nature, listening to nothing but bird song, feeling soft grass under my feet and a fresh breeze filling my lungs, I am instantly at peace, calm and relaxed.

No matter what has happened during the day, in that moment, nothing matters. Its like being cleansed by nature.

Getting outside also helps when you’ve got something on your mind… You know the times when your brain just can’t seem to settle?

This usually happens to me when I have a big project on at work or have taken on far too much. Stress, worry, biting off more that you can chew or just non-stop days can all add to that wound up feeling that you just can’t shake off. The temptation then is to flop on the sofa in front of the TV but if you really want to clear your mind get outside.

Going for a walk could be just the thing you need…

There’s something about spending time in contact with nature that can drastically improve your mental health, not to mention that you’re also getting some exercise.  Taking time out from whatever is on your mind gives your mind a chance to rest, plus all that fresh air helps you to de-stress and feel calm once again.

You don’t have to walk far to feel the benefit. My favourite place to walk is in the local wood. The round trip from my house takes about an hour, which is just about the right amount of time for an evening walk to wash away the cobwebs of the day.

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As soon as I walk into the wood I feel a sense of calmness and have you noticed how friendly people are when you’re on a walk? Every person that you meet says hello! If you were passing them on the street they wouldn’t say a word! Maybe nature just brings everyone together and since we’re all feeling a sense of serenity, maybe it makes us all more friendly?

The rustle of the leaves, the trickle of a stream, for a few minutes nothing else matters, its just you and the healing power of nature. So my advice is if you’re feeling confused, overwhelmed or just out of sorts, get outside.

How do you de-stress after a long day? Let me know in the comment box below.

 

 

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16 comments

Janine 18 September, 2018 - 11:18 am

I can relate to this. Taking the dog for a walk forces me to get outside and I always feel so much better afterwards.

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Mirley 18 September, 2018 - 6:54 pm

Before I had kids I used to go outside to relax. Once I had kids, going out became a little bit more stressful but I am making myself.

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Sydney 19 September, 2018 - 1:56 am

I rediscovered my love of the outdoors this summer. It’s an amazing way to clear my head

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Lucy 19 September, 2018 - 8:44 am

That’s great to hear Sydney.

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Anna 19 September, 2018 - 10:38 am

This is so true. I definitely need to start taking walks more often!! 🙂 btw you look gorgeous!

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Poovanesh Pather 19 September, 2018 - 1:23 pm

I love this idea. It’s also good to take a walk in the garden when you get home to signal the end of the working day. Being outdoors clears your head and helps you to put things in perspective.

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Charlotte Jessop 19 September, 2018 - 8:42 pm

I try and run! Being outdoors is my medicine too but so is cake. Hence the running!

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Lucy 21 September, 2018 - 6:22 am

Ha ha. Its all about the balance. Sounds like you’ve got it worked out 🙂

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Marni 19 September, 2018 - 11:04 pm

I love listening to meditations on Insight Timer. I’ve used it to get me outside by doing the dog walking meditations!

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Christina Holmes 20 September, 2018 - 2:31 am

I actually went for a 45 minute walk an hour ago! I love being outside.

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BREE 20 September, 2018 - 3:13 am

I completely agree with your idea! I believe that nature is medicine! When I worked in an office, my anxiety skyrocketed and I attribute it to not getting enough time in nature. Now that I work from home I make it a priority to get outside as much as possible! This post will help a lot of people! xo

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Sophia Inza 21 September, 2018 - 12:11 am

Looove your blouse in that first photo. And I totally agree…getting outside is a great thing!

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Jill 21 September, 2018 - 4:11 pm

Getting outside is one of my go to ways to take a deep breathe and reset, especially after a busy day.

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ShootingStarsMag 21 September, 2018 - 5:56 pm

I wish I lived somewhere that allowed me to walk more, but I am very excited for Fall weather to come in because that’s the best time to be outside and just relax.

-Lauren

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Jaclyn Musselman 21 September, 2018 - 6:38 pm

I take a walk most mornings but I think there is something so beneficial to taking an evening walk. I need to push myself to do it more often.

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Dulcinea 21 September, 2018 - 8:55 pm

You’re right, there’s just “something” about being outside! I ALWAYS feel better after having spent time outside, especially at the beach! 😀

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