Have you ever noticed that when the sun is out and the weather is nice you just automatically feel a little more cheerful? Or how crusty you get when you haven’t really had a chance to get outside much? If you happen to be Canadian and endure 5 months of winter, grey skies, cold temperatures and all the blah of the post holiday season, you probably know what i’m talking about.
Even if you don’t live in the great white north, I’m sure you probably know when you spend too much time indoors, the madness starts to set in a little bit. There is something about being outside in nature that is incredibly healing. The sunlight provides vitamin D, which naturally helps to boost immunity, aids in making you happier (legit) because it eases depression. Spiritually, we humans are meant to be in nature. I know from my own experience that when I feel cluttered in my mind, overwhelmed, uninspired or just plain blah, if I take a walk outside by the lake, MAGIC HAPPENS. The breeze, the smell of the air, the water, the sound of the waves, it calms me and truthfully helps me clear at least some of those crazy thoughts. I feel revived by it.
Since we’re headed into the summer months and the weather is perfect for coming out of the sleepiness of winter. Get yourself in the great outdoors. There are tons of places to go to if you do a little research! For my local friends, there are beautiful conservation areas and trails that you can walk through, they may require a little donation to park, which is truly worth it. There are links posted if you want to check out some incredible spots. Walk around your neighbourhood. There have been so many times I’ve taken a walk and discovered some cool little secret shops, parks and other neat little spots. If you need inspiration, carve out a little time, even if its 20 minutes, to get yourself outside. You don’t have to walk, just sitting outside is magical. So even if it means you’re washing off the patio furniture and spending a little quality time in your backyard, please take a moment and do that now. You’ll be surprised how powerful it is to clear away the crusties and invite in something new!!!