What’s better than curling up on the couch with a warm blanket, glass of wine, and season after season of your favourite show queued up? There’s at least one thing: spending quality time in the great outdoors. If your mood is a little sour, you’re stressed out, or you just don’t have the energy levels you used to, you might be lacking some quality vitamin N: nature.
Leave the Home, Step Into Nature
If your 9 to 5 is beginning to wear you down, making you feel jaded, or stressing you out, no solace will be found under fluorescent light. Consider taking a walk through a forest, reading a book in the grass, or biking through a field to immediately begin recharging your vitality. A humbling walk through a wooded traverse, observing the trees dancing in a cool breeze, admiring a stream quietly etching a vein into the divine tapestry of the forest taking your civilized problems drifting with it. It doesn’t take a poet to start romanticizing about the natural world and its positive effects.
Benefits of Time Outdoors
Nature has been shown to reduce stress/anxiety, improve sleep, boost creativity, and enhance concentration. It also keeps us in better physical shape from being active outdoors. Whenever Albert Einstein was experiencing challenges in developing his theories or mathematics, he would stop and go for long walks in nature. Surrounded by greenery is where he was able to make his breakthroughs because the natural world helps us think clearer, focus, and stimulates our mind.
Think about planting a garden, or go picking fruit at a local farm. When you have the opportunity to pick a fresh, ripe tomato straight off a vine and are able to eat it with a meal, there is a euphoric, visceral sensation that reconnects you to the natural world.
The Great Outdoors in Ottawa
Ottawa is a natural playground, if you’re willing to step outside. Enjoy a walk along the Ottawa River, go boating on the Rideau Canal, ski in the Laurentians, go golfing at one of the many beautiful courses in the area, go hiking in the Gatineau Hills, and so much more. Walk to the farmer’s market, go fishing in a creek, read in the park, play catch in a field – there’s no limit. In fact, your own backyard can be a natural getaway. You don’t need to go far to enjoy quiet, serene surroundings.
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