Get Lost in the Sights and Smells of Nature

Destress Nature

Stepping outside and taking a breath of fresh air can help you ease your mind during moments of stress.

The next time you feel overwhelmed, take a trip to a local park, trail, or wooded area and focus on all of the sights, smells, and sounds of the world around you. By paying attention to the sound of the wind, the heat of the sun, the smell of the foliage, you’ll slowly begin to release your stress and replace it with the inherent beauty of the outdoors.

Use this Monday to take a break from the pressure and pace of a busy day and enjoy the tranquility of nature. Being outside can improve your mood, and even help put things in perspective. Studies reveal spending time in nature can actually lower cortisol, a stress hormone, and have a positive effect on blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension.

This week, find happiness and relaxation by spending time outside. Bring a book, some music, or a snack, and enjoy the setting.