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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

3 Reasons To Connect With Nature And 8 Ways To Do It

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Why Was This Map Created?

Jobs, TVs, movies, video games, shopping - these kinds of activities not only consume a huge part of most of our lives, but they often involve spending a considerable amount of time inside, away from the fresh air, sunshine and other healthy elements of nature.

This map gives you some simple strategies for getting back to nature, so you can enjoy the awesome benefits that go with it.

How To Use The Various Elements Of The Map

  • Why? - Here you'll find 3 reasons why connecting with nature is so great for your mental, emotional, and physical health.
  • When/How? - Here you'll find 8 ways of connecting with nature - depending on how much time you have available.
  • How To REALLY Connect - To get the full benefit of connecting with nature, you need to do more than just be in it. This box has 2 things to keep in mind anytime you find yourself in nature, so you can get the most from your experience.

Next Actions

Next Actions are practical suggestions for immediately putting this map to use:
  • Review the strategies on the map
  • Consider how often you connect with nature and what ideas on the map you plan on using
  • Print the map
  • Keep it somewhere visible
  • Review it several days to get familiar with the strategies it contains
  • Reference it when you have any free time on your hands

MAP CONTENT - Connect With Nature

Leave the indoors, go outdoors, and amazing things will happen to your mind and body 

Connect: 
To join, link, or fasten together; unite or bind
Plug into, meld with, get into 

Why? 

HEALTH 

It has health benefits 
Nature is all about soaking up the sunshine, breathing in fresh air, and walking around - all things that benefit your health.

PEACE 

It’s peaceful and feels good 
Stepping into nature allows you to temporarily ‘turn off’ the noise, lights, cars, TVs, phones, and other distractions that cause stress and drain you of energy - providing the peaceful environment you need in order to properly ‘recharge’ your mind and body.

AWESOMENESS 

It’s awesome! 
Nature is pure and simple awesomeness - from observing and interacting with animals, to the smell of a pine forest, to the sound of ocean waves... it all has a way of deeply affecting you like nothing else can!

When/How? 

In 1 Minute or Less 

  • Open your blinds and windows - let the fresh air and sunshine in 

In 1 Hour or Less 

  • Observe the landscape, birds, blowing leaves, clouds, or critters (if you have them) from your office window, porch, or balcony 
  • Walk around your neighborhood or a local park - enjoy a picnic 
  • Drive out in the country with the windows down 
  • Sit underneath the stars (with binoculars), or next to a river, lake or ocean and just soak in the experience! 

In 1 Day or Less 

  • Visit a state or national park and do some hiking, boating, kayaking, fishing, or general exploring 
  • Go to a zoo, aquarium, or botanical garden - stop and pay attention 

In 1 Weekend or Less 

  • Go camping, build a fire, enjoy eating a simple meal, and explore 

How To Really Connect 

  • Think about it - How amazing and beautiful it is, how it benefits you, how it makes you feel, how fun it is 
  • Use your senses - Pay attention to the colors/movement, smell flowers/grass, feel breeze/sun, listen to birds, waves, winds 
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  • “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein 
  • “Nature is my medicine.” - Sara Moss-Wolfe


Share Your Feedback Below

  • What are some other great ideas for connecting with nature?