One of the best things that works for me in those moments is giving myself permission to go out in nature. There are other ways of relieving stress and re-centering, but today I will write about nature. For additional ideas, please download my free, 36-page ebook, Transform Stress Into Success.
Being in nature has an amazing effect as it changes my mood immediately. As I engross myself in the trees, plants, animals, sky, water, a calm feeling starts taking over and as I connect to the beauty I find myself connecting to my center again. And what a relief that is.
There is a lot of research being done on the impact of nature on our well-being. And I am glad that I am not the only one thinking about this! As shown in research by Kuo and Coley at the Human Environment Research Lab and by researchers in Chicago, according to FMRI’s used to measure brain activity, when participants viewed nature scenes the part of the brain associated with empathy and love lit up.
Nature not only changes your mood, it also contributes to your physical well-being, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. You can read more here.
This lake near where I live has become my refuge and haven. When I go there I feel that I am able to find my self.
It’s your turn now, if you want to share: where will you go, or what will you do, when you want to re-create your best self?