The Nature Effect

Hello friends, 

Here’s to the beginning of another work week. Hope it finds you well and ready to go! Wish we could start every day of the year in early June. I love when the birds wake me before the alarm clock goes off and it’s actually light out; makes getting up so much easier when the sun did so first!

For the tennis fans out there, I’m anxiously awaiting the completion of the French Open finals. Play got suspended due to rain and called due to impending darkness. Tradition or not, shouldn’t these facilities install lights for night-time play? And to continue play at 7 AM EST kind of stinks at my end. Can’t imagine the Djok and Rafa wrapping it up in time for me to get to work on time. (Then again, if they do, it means Rafa won King-of-the-Clay title #7…)

Okay, this just in from my good friend and positive living expert, Diane Lang. Love her stuff so I always share!

          

The Nature Effect

This is the time of year to take everything outside and reap the benefits of nature.

Nature brings out the best in us. I have discussed with some of my clients who have Seasonal disorder the benefits of sunlight (with sunscreen on).  When we spend time outdoors in the sun our serotonin levels are up which elevates our mood. Vitamin D, which we can get from the sun, will help keep our bones healthy, help prevent cancer, keep our immune system up and affects our moods in a positive way.

Exercise and the outdoors- we know that exercise improves our mental health. It increases our endorphins while reducing our stress hormones. Outdoor exercise is more beneficial than indoor exercise. Being outdoors improves our self-esteem, moods and inspires us. We become fascinated with the beauty of nature, which sparks our creativity. Nature inspires us to move. We become connected to our spirit when we are outdoors. (Water also brings a calming effect so if you can take, a long walk around a lake or at the beach. For all you parents, nature is very soothing to both kids and adults. So take the family outdoors for some fresh air, a long walk, a hiking trip, swimming at the lake, etc.)

* Bonus- nature helps us recover quicker from chronic illness.

Relaxation – when we are outdoors we tend to relax, refuel and recharge. Being outdoors boosts our energy levels and wakes up our senses. When we are outdoors we can hear the birds sing, hear the sound of the ocean waves, smell the salt from the ocean. We even taste our food better when we are outdoors; we tend to eat slower and enjoy each bite. Go outdoors barefoot and take a walk through the cool grass or on the hot sand at the beach. Being outdoors gives us a momentary boost of happiness, which can last 24-48 hours.

Nature and work: If we go outdoors during our lunch break—even for only 20-30 minutes—you will come back feeling refueled, inspired and more creative. It will help improve productivity. We know that even sitting by a large window that lets us look outside at the trees and grass helps us to feel more creative and be more productive.

Being in the moment – when we spend time with nature we connect to our spirit. We let go of the fast paced world and go inside of ourselves.

As an exercise: go outdoors and sit in silence. After a little while you will feel more at peace and hear your inner voice. Lately, I have been sitting outdoors near a corn field and the silence brings such a sense of peace and contentment. After a few minutes, you can feel your breath and hear your soul. It’s quite an incredible experience.

For me, being outdoors makes me feel alive. I feel like everything in nature that surrounds me is alive. Nature sparks something within me to feel love all around me. I can’t explain it in better words then that. Nature = love!

For more information please visit my website: www.dlcounseling.com or come join me at my workshops:

Tuesday, June 12 at3pm- Living your best life

Warren Community College, NJ

908-835-2333

Thursday, June 14th at 7pm- The art of self-care

Doylestown Hospital,  PA

215-345-2657

Friday, June 15 at 7pm- Letting go of anger

Mystical World, Lyndhurst, NJ

201-896-3999

Tuesday, June 19 at 6pm – Positive Parent

Burlington County College, NJ

609-877-4520

Thursday, June 21 at 7pm – Happiness – Living an optimistic lifestyle

Doylestown Hospital, PA

215-345-2657

For those of you who live in the NY/NJ/PA area, taking the time to listen to one of Diane’s workshops is worth it. She’s an excellent speaker and a lot of fun, too!

I will be sure to check in with all of you later this week–have a great day, everyone. Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you care to, please click a SHARE button below as you go. That extra second goes a long way! 

TTFN and have a great day,

Joanna

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2 thoughts on “The Nature Effect

  1. Oh, I couldn’t agree with you more. The day of and the days after a hike are the best. Today’s weather is great. Taking your advice and taking my dinner outside. Thanks for a great post.

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  2. Best thing hubby did a few years ago was have a small patio installed off my back sliding doors. Dinner is there every night it’s comfortable temperature-wise. Besides, unlike the dining room disaster, the outdoor table is typically clutter-free.

    Thanks for stopping by, Ann. Hope you enjoyed that dinner in nature’s perfect backdrop 🙂

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