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Nature is Calling

....but not on a cell phone, so put down the digital device and step outside.

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Feeling tired, a little down or just all around blah? We all feel that way from time to time, but I’m here to tell you, I have an amazing mood lifter for you. It’s totally free, there are no strings attached and it’s right outside your door. It’s nature! I know, I know, it’s not new on the market or packaged in a shiny box with a bow, but it’s certainly priceless.

I could cite a thousand studies that tell me getting out into nature is good for me, but is that necessary? I know how it makes me feel, and that’s good enough for me. Our days are busier than ever, we’re constantly tethered to a digital device and finding time for all the things we want and need to do is difficult. Getting outside is the easiest and cheapest thing we can do to remedy our ills. Nature is calling, so put down that cell phone, get outside and relax your mind and body. 

Take a walk outside if you can. Sit in a park. Open a window and feel the breeze on your face. Can’t open those office windows? Then go where you see a ray of sun shining in and stand in it. Heck, lie down in it if you want. It’s the favorite thing for cats and dogs to do, and you know why? Because it feels good! I like to have a small pot of mint growing wherever I’m sitting and every time I need a boost, I just pass my hand over the leaves and the smell is immediately released. If you’re worried you don’t have a green thumb, mint is the easiest thing to grow. It’s hard to kill and if it gets into your flower beds it can become a real nuisance. I speak from experience here, so be forewarned.

Whatever way you choose to interact with nature, you’ll never sorry. You’ll never think back and say, I sure wish I didn’t look at those beautiful flowers or skip rocks into that pond. You’ll always feel better for it and hopefully it will eventually turn into a happy habit.

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