I bet most of you have seen many memes floating around talking about how nature is therapy and is the best medicine. How many times in your life have you looked at a river and thought, “this place is really cool?” You know that feeling of complete happiness when you hang out with your friends and family in the woods? It’s one of the best feelings in the world. Whoever made those memes, is on the right track.
Growing up I went camping with my family up the St. Joe River in North Idaho. My Auntie and Uncle would bring up there camper and the kids would sleep in tents. During the night, we would tell scary stories, eat s’mores, and prank each other. During the day we would float down the river for hours and jump off 20ft high rocks in the deep water. All of us laughing until our tummies hurt because we forgot to eat throughout the day. Eating chips and deli meat because we ate all the bread or was too lazy to make an actual sandwich. Huckleberry picking until our fingers were purple and for every huckleberry picked, a huckleberry eaten. All of these memories that I have are ones I will always cherish because I was with family and within nature the whole time.
Come to think of it, I believe that is why I enjoy nature so much. All the good memories that I made within nature has made me into the nature lover I am. Sometimes when I get moody, I tend to be less productive and miserable for who knows why? I have a wonderful life that I should never complain about. I get to live the life I want because the decisions I get to make and therefore, I should be happy right? Well life cannot be picture perfect all the time. I get cranky, moody, needy, and quite spoiled at times. So what is the problem?
Well, when I find myself working too much and not spending enough time doing the things I love like hiking, I tend to be in a weird state of grumpyness. Until, I can make it out to enjoy a little piece and quiet with nothing but trees and the sounds of birds chirping and water flowing, I am a big ol’ baby. I guess I somehow crave being outdoors and would think a lot of people do to?
Many times when I feel insecure or doubtful of myself, it creates a snowball effect where it can be hard to get out of that funk. I am learning that nature therapy is literally a thing. I never heard of it until I became curious about why nature makes me so happy? It makes me happy because it actually helps the brain relax in a way that nothing else will. Any outdoor activity that you are into, will indeed raise your happiness level. It sounds so simple, but a lot of the times we as human beings forget to take care of ourselves.
Stress from work, expectations, and other responsibilities a person may have will sometimes get in the way of taking care of ourselves. Not letting our minds fully relax causes even more stress over time if we ignore our basic needs like self-care. So what I do is really try to tune in on what I am missing out on. Do I need time by myself or do I need to just catch up on my favorite T.V show? It just depends on what is going on in my life at that moment.
If you love nature, go out more often. Even if you don’t realize you love nature, still get out there and suck up that vitamin D from the sun. The more sun you get, the happier your life is. So many people lack that special vitamin and getting outdoors is a great way to get some.
If you aren’t too sure where to begin, just ask a friend to go on a stroll through a park with lots of greenery or take a weekend off to enjoy a national park. Or if you enjoy outdoor activities like swimming or biking, you could round up the family and friends to enjoy these activities together.
Let me know what you enjoy doing to help relieve some stress in your life! I want some new ideas from you guys! Thanks for reading! Mtn Talk to you later!