Surviving in modern society is tough. Whether you are clocking in 14 hour days at the office, juggling multiple jobs to come up with the money to start your dream business or simply trying to find the balance between family, work and personal improvement.

So what’s the answer? Well, unfortunately, many stressed-out individuals do nothing. They believe life is hard and there is nothing they can do about it. Others handle their problems by going down the dark path of alcohol, drugs and prescription medication. In severe cases, this can only worsen the problem and lead you towards a breakdown.

A much more simple and effective solution to handling your stress is to enjoy the peace that nature offers.

Restore your mental batteries

Think of your brain as a battery. The better you take care of it, the longer it’ll lost and the healthier it will be in the long run. We are all familiar with the concept of mental fatigue. You know the feeling. You start of the year refreshed and focused on your goals only to mentally β€œburnout” a mere 4 months into the year. A good way to replenish your energy and recharge your battery is to simply go outdoors.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to hike Mount Everest to reap the benefits. A casual stroll through the woods on the weekend will do wonders for your mental energy. Or maybe an afternoon at the beach if there is one near you. Research has even shown that just by looking at photographs of nature will boost your mental energy.

If you are in an urban environment and there is absolutely no way you can get outdoors, then at least spend a few hours to yourself walking in the park. You deserve it and your diminished mental energy demands it.

Relief Stress

Feeling stressed and anxious? Do you feel like you’re on the verge of losing it? Then it’s probably time to get some green by heading into nature. Studies have shown that by spending even just a day amongst nature will significantly lower your levels of cortisol, the hormone which triggers feelings of stress and anxiety.

Call it tree therapy or beach therapy, but spending time in nature is like taking a pill to kill stress, but without the side effects of a commercially designed prescription drug.

Improve your concentration and focus

One thing you will notice as soon as you surround yourself with nature is a sense of calm. That peaceful feeling which you sense is your heightened level of attention coming back. We live in a world that is full of distractions. Whether it’s emails, smartphone notifications, television, Ipads, iPhones or just a bundle of work, our environment has robbed us of our ability to focus. This is because your brain is overwhelmed with a stimulus which makes it difficult for you to focus on one task at a time.

When you spend time in nature, something magical happens. Your brain has room to breathe and think which means it is more likely to regain its focus. Try this for yourself. The next time you have a task which requires a high level of focus like say writing a report, take a one hour walk around your local park before starting your work. You will be surprised at how much easier it is to write after you have soaked in some nature.

Spend time with yourself

It seems strange but most people simply don’t think anymore because they don’t have the time too. Everyone is distracted and busy all the time as the world around us fights for our attention. Being in nature means being alone and being alone gives you the freedom to think and to think clearly. That seems strange but most people in modern society actually don’t have the freedom to think clearly and make wise decisions anymore. Being in nature frees your mind up and opens it to new ideas which lead to more action and more success.

With all my LoveΒ πŸ’žπŸ™

Sandra


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