Give Yourself a Gift - 1 Hour in Nature

 

Let's face it, most of us have been stuck inside too much lately. 

 

Running thru the mall, wrapping and baking, attending the kids' performances and parties.  We all spend a lot of time indoors at this time of the year.

Give Yourself an Hour with Nature

 

My suggestion to you:  get outside for 1 hour this week. 

I know, I know - you still have so much left to do. 

There's getting ready for family, or getting packed to go see family. 

There's the cleaning, cooking, and wrapping -

just push all those things aside for one hour. 

 

Take a walk through the neighborhood and enjoy the lights. 

Visit one of the local parks and walk or hike a trail. 

Take the kids to a playground and let them run off some energy. 

 

I promise you'll feel better after - less stressed, more relaxed, and probably a little jollier too.

Most of us don't realize what nature does for us!  One study done at the University of Rochester showed that spending time outside helps you:

  • feel more in touch with yourself,
  • improve your mood,
  • increase your energy levels, and
  • increase your 'nice-ness'

 

Yep, you become a nicer person when you give yourself a little time with nature.  And who doesn't want to be a little nicer, especially at this time of the year.

So give yourself an early present this year - get outside and enjoy the wonderful world around us. 

Think about it - the fresh air, the wide-open space, the lack of people around you. 

And you don't even have to worry about wrapping this gift :)

 

Happy Holidays!

~ Jacquie

 

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Comments

Guest - Margaret@GrowingPlay on Saturday, 15 December 2012 20:02

It is absolutely true in our house. When we need to perk up and energize we head outdoors. Everyone comes back in happier and lifted including the adults.

It is absolutely true in our house. When we need to perk up and energize we head outdoors. Everyone comes back in happier and lifted including the adults.
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