Finding time for the outdoors doesn’t have to stay on your wish list.

Ever look wistfully through the adventuring posts of other folks on social media? “Oh look, there’s Aaron off adventuring again; how does he do it?” However, outdoor recreation can easily become part of your routine, just like Netflix and chocolate chip cookies.

Numerous studies have been performed supporting the idea that nature makes you feel better. Unplugging from the world and going outside can be very centering. I believe it is where ideas are born and nurtured.

Start small: spending time in nature doesn’t have to be sojourns in the wilderness or epic wanderlust. It can be as simple as a walk in the park or an afternoon on the river. Free your mind and listen for the sound of the wind in the trees.

Adventure often. The physicality of using your body does amazing things for stress relief and gaining perspective in our often chaotic lives. Rent a paddle board for the afternoon and see the water from a whole new vantage point. Listen and feel the sensation of the water lapping at your feet in the warm breeze.

Often the argument is time.

Start incorporating nature into your life in small doses. Stop by a local park on the way home. Spend a half hour with your toes in a river. Take a new route, visit a new town and try being a tourist on your own. Attend a local meetup outing, play amateur photographer, or go to the lake and watch the water. It is time to stop isolating ourselves from the outside world. Get dirty and lose track of time. It can be exhilarating.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

Written by Maija Hurst

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