O is for Outdoor Breaks
Find time to go outside. Nature is good for us. She helps us heal.
If you can't take daily meandering strolls, try eating a meal outside.
Find a weekly errand or two that you accomplish by foot. Yes, it will take longer, but hopefully the benefits outweigh the time lost. Besides walking for better health, you'll be clearing your mind as well.
Of course, you don't have to go anywhere. You could sit on a porch or balcony and read. Or container garden.
If you need some outdoor inspiration, try these sources:
- Inquire about neighborhood cleanups or trail cleanups nearby.
- Find an outdoor or hiking Meetup group in your area.
- Read the book Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life for some inspiring ideas about spending more time in nature.
- Check if there are any art, architectural, or history walking tours near where you live or work.
- Create your own walking tour itinerary with friends of places you'd like to visit that are within walking distance of each other.
- Stroll through various farmer's markets. Take your time. Taste. Rest. Listen to that local musician playing.
- Join the Sierra Club or another conservation group that aligns with your philosophy. They'll have planned activities.
- Volunteer to help at Cross Country meets or similar outdoor school sports. My school's cross country coach is always asking for people to monitor the various stations.
- Create a Pinterest board or Evernote notebook of outdoor activity ideas that you can reference easily.
- Visit a local astronomy observatory to enjoy their telescopes and educational programming.
- Check out the local parks, state parks, botanical gardens, and zoo. Some will have fees, but others will be free or have free days.
Finally, if you truly believe in the regenerative power of the outdoors, then you have to plan vacations that include nature-based activities.
Make sure you take the time to reward yourself with some relaxing downtime.