|Blogtober Day Four|
Sometimes you don't really know how much you've grown until you do things that you once found yourself doing feeling both down and trapped rather than liberated and at ease. I guess what I'm trying to say is that, with mental health, it's all about reflection. The change you wished to see and that you felt was but a distant dream is now a mere few steps closer to becoming a reality - your reality!
This time last year saw a very nervous and anxious side to my personality that was so unlike me and I often had this overwhelming need to get out, out of the house and away from all the "noise". The toxic emotions that I experienced brought me out into nature to clear my head, to have my peace and quiet and to have a place that I would spend only my time in, alone.
I remember so clearly my walks around the trails with the huge trees around me, the different coloured leaves scattered on the floor, the crisp Autumn air and the podcasts that would bring light to what was an otherwise low mood kind of day. I would always return feeling so much better!
I aim to make these walks more of a consistent thing because I found that they helped me both mentally and physically. Nature has a way of soothing the soul just by being exactly who and what it is and this is a lesson that we all need to learn.
I mean sure there are some days that I could easily spend hours on my phone but when I'm out there surrounded by nature, I don't mind turning off my Wifi/Data for an hour just so that I can disconnect and feel human for a bit.
In life we're always being pulled one way or the other, sometimes even at the same time, to the point where it can affect our mental health by creating this need or desire to constantly please others.
Being able to go back to something so simple like nature helps you to put things into perspective and that's why I want to experience more of what it has to offer by doing things like the following:
- Go on more walks (hikes/trails)
- Buy flowers for the house often
- Nurture and/or grow my own plant
- Take more photos of nature's beauty
- Spend more time outside
Do you find that nature helps you and your state of mind? If not, what does help you? Let me know in the comment section down below and get a conversation going!