Ten Ways to Relax in Nature and Stress Less

Spending time in nature can improve your physical, emotional, and mental health. The American Heart Association shares some simple tips to maximize the benefits of your time outdoors.

  1. Savor the scenery – spend time taking in your surroundings to mentally prepare you for the day ahead or unwind after a busy day.
  2. Wander the wilderness – explore a nature spot without a particular goal or destination in mind to help restore your mental health.
  3. Meditate on the music – ditch your headphones and listen to the sounds of nature around you for a relaxing, meditative experience.
  4. Get in shape – get outdoors to work toward your fitness goals. Go for a jog or walk at a local hiking trail, visit a park that has exercise stations, or practice tai chi in the fresh air.
  5. Pose in paradise – take your yoga session outside and reap both the physical and mental benefits of movement with a view.
  6. Study in the sunshine – take your reading, writing, and studying outdoors. Natural settings can enhance cognitive performance and may prove less distracting.
  7. Pack a picnic – invite some friends for a healthy picnic to socialize, relax, and enjoy your favorite food in a serene environment.
  8. Go fish – practice your patience and spend some quality time with a friend or loved one by the water.
  9. Look, up in the sky – give bird watching a try to expand your knowledge of different species and relax in nature.
  10. Sleep beneath the stars – take some time away from the bustle of modern life and camp in nature.

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