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.
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.