There’s nothing quite like getting out in the wild. Certainly, there’s something liberating about the snow or leaves or sticks crunching under your feet, something purifying in the seasonal scents; the wood smoke, the fresh flowers. Out there, surrounded by trees, or cresting a hill, or walking from your backyard down that lonely country road, everything is fresh, calm, relaxing. It’s the perfect emotional recharge!
This pleasure, alas, is not readily available to all of us. For those living in the city, the lonely vistas and deep woods can seem like a distant dream. We get caught in the bustle of the day, find ourselves in bars or at home on the weekends, convinced once more that we owe ourselves a vacation from the rest of humanity.
For those of you who haven’t given yourself this chance, or who come up with excuses to avoid or postpone your outings, you don’t know what you’re missing!
- Mental Reset
Getting outside for an extended period will blow your mind. Or, rather, it will calm you down and let you mentally reset in a way you can’t at home.
For once you’ve allowed yourself to escape all the small responsibilities of keeping up the house: when you’re outdoors — particularly when you’re camping or staying in a cabin — the requirements are less. There’s no laundry to run, no dishwasher to load and unload, no groceries to pick up — assuming you’ve already packed them.
Nature has the mysterious power to recharge your mind. The whole process starts with you forgetting the things that are worrying you at home.
- Going Within
Without all the external junk clogging your mind, you’ll find yourself turning inwards. This doesn’t imply that every trip in the countryside will cause life-affirming revelations. But anybody can attest that taking some time to yourself, or simply away from the everyday routines, can help you remember what you want from life. Even a hiking day trip with your family will help you keep perspective and build those relationships that are important to you.
It’s important not to miss the forest for the trees. When you’re out in nature, it’s usually a great time. You can go swimming, rock climbing, snowshoeing, ziplining or any other number of activities, all of which energize you and make you look forward to your next trip before the present one is done. After your initial outing, a few days might not be enough for you and your family. Don’t worry: plenty of places have you covered for extended stay.
Make sure you leave time for fun through all your ruminating. This usually isn’t an issue: you can have tons of fun outdoors without much planning at all. Indeed, this can further reinforce your go-with-the-flow mental state. If you book a trip without anything in mind, take an adventure your first day or two and find a couple of local attractions or activities.
- On Return
You might be dragging your feet on the way back to civilization, but you’re sure to notice the difference the first day you’re back. Others will too, asking why you look so calm and relaxed while everyone else — most of whom never really get out and allow their stress to build up week after week — seems drained and frustrated. Go ahead and spill your secret: they’ll thank you for it.