7 Ways to Calm Down Blog Series, Part Seven
When I ask people to think of a calm place where they can feel grounded and relaxed, 9 times out of 10 they will say somewhere outside. Many of us work jobs or have lifestyles that mean we spend most of our time inside, yet when we think of calm and relaxation, its outdoors that comes to mind.
Being outside gives you lots of interesting and positive stimulation for your five senses. Taking some deep breaths of fresh air and focusing on the sights, sounds and smells around you and the feelings on your skin helps you to be more grounded and present in the moment.
Being exposed to green spaces also naturally reduces your stress level. Various studies have shown that being outdoors improves your mood, decreases anxiety and increases focus. Being away from your computer and your home or work environment also gives you a positive distraction from stressful tasks or thoughts.
Nature can also be healing. Watching the change of seasons, plants flowering and the natural life cycles can give perspective and connect you to something bigger. Many people find comfort and meaning in nature. You can also bring some of these positive effects of outdoors indoors through houseplants and photos of beautiful landscapes.
Going outside doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Sitting outside, going for a brief walk or just taking a bit of time to observe the natural world around you is helpful. Building in some daily outside time where you pause to enjoy nature is an effective way to bring more relaxation, grounding, and perspective into your life.
This blog is the final one in the 7 Ways to Calm Down series. Incorporating the different tips and tools into your life everyday can help you manage life’s daily stressors, as well as stress that links back to past negative or traumatic experiences.