Give your mind a break

Give your mind a break
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It won’t come as a surprise to you that I believe strongly in the healing effects of Nature. I felt as a kid when my parents took us on walks in forests and among dunes in my native the Netherlands. I still feel it when I go out on hikes among the mountains I now call home.

Over the last couple of years more and more research is supporting my own experience and that of many others too: 

Spending time in Nature has real therapeutic effects on our body’s and mind’s responses to stress.*

And the best part is, this ‘therapy’ is cheap and mostly readily available to all of us. Being in Nature helps us recover more quickly from stress and fatigue. The very thing so many people suffer from due to all the uncertainty that’s going on in the world right now.

So with the weekend on our doorstep, I just want to encourage you to give your brain a break and spend some time in Nature this weekend.

Go outside. Experience green (forests, parks, gardens) and blue (ocean, lakes, rivers, brooks, ponds) spaces. And when you do, be sure to really take in your surroundings. Don’t run through them at ‘city pace’. Slow down!

There’s an affordable medicine for stress and fatigue right outside our front door and it’s called Nature. Seems like a really good reason to put your walking shoes on this weekend.

As always …

Go dare greatly!

— Gerdi

P.S. If you’ve got no time or simply can’t go outside, check out this FREE resource below for more easy to implement ideas on how to give your mind a break.

* If you want to find out more a good place to start is Florence Williams’ book ‘The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative’, ISBN978-0-393-35557-4