Sluggish? Drained? Lethargic? Sometimes I feel like I’m running on empty and another coffee might just not cut it. This is when I thought enough is enough, I needed to take action and fast. Not only did I feel tired at work, my blogging days seemed to be over and my moodiness was certainly taking its toll on my relationship. So I asked myself:
What brings me joy? What makes me feel alive?
I’ve always lived relatively close to nature, be it a park or a forest, and we always wondered across local mountains every weekend. Nature is in my DNA and I can’t imagine I’d ever live in a concrete city.
We live close to nature and whilst it’s not a forest that I’d have preferred, it’s a beautiful place filled with lovely walks.
Unfortunately I don’t always take advantage of it though I’ve been finding myself searching for walks a lot more lately, and I’m really enjoying it. Perhaps it’s due to longer days, nature waking up after a long winter or the sun finally showing up. Nature is a happy place and I can’t wait until it warms up and I can venture for longer walks!
Even on my holiday, I just can’t stay still. I need to discover new hidden corners and not only those historical, I love to walk in new places. I also love to write about my experiences so you can read me discovering hidden corners of The Yorkshire Sculpture Park post, a hidden path to happines in Ilfracombe post or the autumnal walk in a Czech forest post.
Far too many years I’ve spent a lot of my precious time complaining. Positivism is not in my blood and I have to work extra hard to feel happy and content. There is always something I want to achieve and I tend to put too much on my plate. Essentially I end up stressed and miserable. I thought I’d never had enough time or money and I felt uninspired.
I’m trying to learn to get out of my own way, this way I might actually get the results I want a whole lot faster. At least that’s what I’ve been slowly realising. True happiness comes from keeping a healthy balance between work and play. When my mind is rested I tend to achieve more. You can also read my post on how to Fulfil Your Dreams, hopefully it’ll inspire you to overcome your hurdles to greatness 😉
Slow Down, Simplify, and Clear Your Mind and You’ll Fulfil Your Dream
This is why I’ve decided to write the ‘How walks decrease stress levels and can improve on your quality of life’ post down and share it with you. Perhaps it’ll help some of you and perhaps it’ll inspire you to get out of the rut!
Reconnect with nature
You never know what you might come across. I recently went for a walk and spotted a deer (see my tweet with a video here). I love the greenery, I find it calming and rejuvenating.
Clear your head
I think this is why I do love walks in nature the most. To lose myself in my own thoughts, organise all my little troubles into little drawers, clear my mind and start fresh.
We all know that your body releases endorphins during exercise, but regular physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger!
Spend time with friends and family
Whilst I do enjoy venturing into nature on my own, I cherish those spare moments I get to enjoy with my loved ones. It’s so lovely to switch off and enjoy these precious moments together.
This should have been the first point, shouldn’t it. I go for walks because it makes me happy, I enjoy it and you should find something that lifts your spirit, whether it’s a walk, the cinema, the gym or dancing, do what makes you happy.
By reconnecting with myself, I learn to shift my focus from what could go wrong to what could go right. Instead I use my worries to my own advantage. I prepare for any obstacles and I cherish the success. It might sound easy but nothing comes easy. I’ve had to learn to relax and recharge. I’ve found the best way to decrease stress levels and improve quality of my life is by spending more time in nature. Not only do I get to switch off but I get to exercise.
This weekend, I was desperately in need of some time out from civilisation. I needed Me Time, where I could relax, contemplate and plan.
My mind, my body and my mood all reflected the urge to get out, to re-discover and reconnect. It’s been a hectic month and I was at a point where a glass of wine at night simply wouldn’t cut it. The weather has been hit and miss recently, one minute it rains, the other minute it’s sunny. So obviously as soon as I stepped out, rain drops hit the floor and within few moments rain shower arrived.
Nevermind…for those days when it rains, I got myself this Waterproof poncho from November Rain, very stylish rain coat, don’t you think? You see, I have to get out of the house every weekend to recharge my energy levels for the week ahead so rain is not an excuse to stay in.
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I felt in love with its pattern so I was over the moon when we came across the yeallow field, it perfectly matched the colours of my poncho. Luckily we had a camera (I barely go for a walk without it) so I decided to take few snaps.
We ventured to a local farm, neighbouring with a walk path as a part of rediscovering our local area. I wish I could bottle happiness every time I’m out in nature.
What are your top tips to decrease stress levels and improve your quality of life?