Anyone can tap into the healing power of nature right now. Here are a few tips for you:
1. Slow down: Walking outside is an opportunity to take down the pace a few notches. Stroll, pause, breathe... Use all your senses to appreciate the beauty of the natural world around you. Buddhists have a term for it and it is called Contemplation.
2. If possible, head for running water: Fresh, flowing water creates an abundance of negative ions, which are said to have a natural antidepressant effect on human beings (more about negative ions here: https://negativeionizers.net/negative-ions-benefits/)
3. Listen properly: If you are walking with someone else, let them know that you are really listening rather than just batting conversation back and forth. Practice conscious listening skills such as clarifying a complex point, or repeating words back to them. That might sound a little contrived at first, but the more you do it, the more you will hear what people have to say rather than simply responding to what they have said. Learning this valuable skill is great for our companion, and it's beneficial for us too.
4. Turn off your phone: If it's a step too far, at least put it in your pocket and leave it there. This should be a time to be truly present in the moment, so don't be tempted to post pictures to Instagram or check WhatsApp.
5. Make it a habit: Just like exercise, if you start making a conscious effort to go out into green spaces regularly, you will quickly see the benefits. It takes 21 days to form a habit so stick to it for at least 3 weeks and the more you do it, the more you will want to do it!
Love & good vibes,