When’s the last time you went on a slow nature walk, where you weren’t pressed to rush back home, meet anyone or do anything else right after?
Nature walks – especially ones lasting at least an hour, can be so therapeutic; nourishing to the soul and our state of mind.
You don’t need to save up to do it, and the benefits outweigh the small effort it takes to put on a pair or sandals or trainers.
Stress is a real threat, so being proactive about our wellness and state of mind is essential.
Going for nature walks is a great way of keeping stress at bay and pressing our internal refresh and reset button on a regular basis. It’s different from the exhilaration of a brisk walk, jog or run and can help us better pace our thoughts, calm any nerves and gain a heightened sense of clarity.
There are benefits to those intense hikes that make you work up a sweat and lead to and through adventurous trails, but today we’re highlighting those peaceful strolls where you walk upright, breathe deeply intuitively, stand under canopies formed by trees 🌳, pause to observe or listen to birds and any other nearby animals every now and then, and notice all those things passers by are passing by. (No judgement there; we are sometimes them on different days and seasons.)
I’ve always enjoyed nature and spending lots of time in and amidst it, whether it’s walking on the sand, swimming in the sea, going for country drives, daily walks, hikes, flower-picking expeditions – taking photos and sharing some here on the blog sometimes…time in (peaceful) natural settings ideal for filtering out the noise of the world, noticing things we would’ve otherwise missed, gaining perspective and tuning into the magnificent handiwork that is creation – an amazingly gracious gift for us.
Nature walks (apparently) aren’t fun for everybody. Some find them downright boring, and are uncomfortable with natural – non digital sounds paired with pockets of purposeful silence, followed by the repetitious movement of placing one foot in front of the other.
Now I’m in a new setting, I’m enjoying beautiful views (different from the ones in ‘Bim’) along light and frequent walks. It’s so refreshing and I’m so thankful. Yes, it’s nice to get some physical movement in, but more and more, I’m appreciating the therapeutic beauty in nature walking.
Maybe flowers aren’t your ‘cup of tea’ but maybe they might be if you walked somewhere where they’re in dozens, hundreds and thousands – and took a good look at their beautiful design, shapes, textures and colours.
Just like being by the sea side is healthy and recommended for many in recovery, so too are nature walks to anyone who wants to purposefully slow down…and refill in order to pour out from a more peaceful place.
You’ll be strengthening your immune system, building your metabolism and at the same time. Plus, if you use your phone a lot, the upright walk will help reset those neck muscles and alleviate any eye strain.
It’s hard – not impossible, but tough to be or stay in a bad mood during or after a light walk. The fresh (clean) air, deep breaths, regulated heartbeat, sweet scenery and physical therapy of walking are all up-front highlights that can only be enhanced by any other beautiful surprises and precious moments that you either encounter or experience along the way.
A grateful state makes a big difference (not an expert on this; just saying.) Not everyone appreciates the outdoors, birdsongs, dancing blades of grass, flowering fields, passing deer, the motion of walking, an intentional break from a phone…or even quiet time.
But if you do, have an idea of when or where next you’ll venture to? It could be an easy 30-minute stroll on the greener side of your neighbourhood, a drive to then browse around a public garden/lake/park/woods or a well-paced long walk with breaks to take in the beautiful views waiting for you along the way.