This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and I’ll be sharing stories and snippets about how giving myself time and space to be in nature has helped me with my own journey.
One of the best things about spending time outdoors in nature is that you can just be.
When you’re there, there’s no end goal, no need to ‘achieve’ anything. Because just being out in natural space is all you need to benefit from being there.
Having that time to yourself shared with the trees, sky, sea, wherever you are, allows you to empty your brain of all those things spinning round in it, because they’re simply not needed.
The less you think, the more you live in that moment.
This in itself is a form of mindfulness, a technique which involves tuning out of your busy brain, and tuning back into your surroundings and your body. And going outside I’ve found is the easiest (and cheapest!) way to do it. The technique is proven to reduce stress and help understand yourself better.
My favourite place to do this is by the sea,. Shifting out all those work and life thoughts that have been clogging up my brain, and just relishing in those big ocean sounds, the huge skies, and taking time to notice all the little things that live there. Just going with the flow.
Just being there is all that is needed.
If you or someone you know has similar thoughts, I recommend connecting with Mind, or seeking help from your GP.
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