Nature can Nurture – Get out there!
I sometimes borrow ideas, sometimes I contribute my own ideas. For example, the drummer in our band, Dan Wold, has written many helpful articles to send out via email to those who have attended his presentations. I like to submit some or all of his tips here in my own blog. This is Dan’s last year as a school administrator and he is cranking them out with new creations and revised versions twice a week.
We share a passion for MUSIC and also aspire to provide inspiration to leaders in education and other helping professions. Along with Nathan, we form a band that does a conference presentation with music and a message https://stressthemusical.com/ Among other things, we recommend doing some individual work to cultivate joy because it is essential to living a value driven life. Additionally, connecting with a life partner to engage in some old and new passions, interests and hobbies, might very well include a nature walk. I contributed to an article about that very thing and here is the link:
And from Dan Wold’s archives:
“A lack of nature seems to cause physical and mental health problems, while an exposure to nature seems to improve physical and mental health.” Mark Sisson
Do not underestimate the power of taking your mind off what you perceive to be your “problems.” Besides getting a break, it also helps to get busy with something that engages the conscious and lets the creative sub-conscious go to work on the issue. Oftentimes you will find that when you return to work a solution to the challenge will pop into your head.
While you are getting active (hopefully with something fun), get outside, too. Getting outside literally changes our perspective. Our vision and thought patterns both change when we are outside, and it is believed that this is due, at least in part, to the longer view. While we are indoors, we rarely have to focus beyond a very small part of our range of vision.
Consider for a moment: Most of the times when you have come in from outdoor activities, are your spirits improved over when you went out?
“I have observed that most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Martha Washington