Today’s tip for Amazingness:
Take a Nature Walk
There is something about the wind in the trees that soothes me and takes me away to calm, gentle, happy place. I love just taking it all in with every sense.
Sometimes I stand on the trail and take a deep breath smelling the combination of the wind, leaves, flowers and soil, touch the cool ground, I taste the air and then I close my eyes and listen.
First I listen to the sound of the woods as a whole and then as I relax I allow myself to listen for individual sounds and will then open my eyes and look in the direction of the sounds. It is a wonderful way to observe. I have heard a chipmunk hiding under a branch, birds, deer, squirrels, a small lizard on a branch and even bees walking on a dry leaf. These are things I would never have seen if I didn’t take the time to listen for them. For me this restores me and makes me feel centered again. It is a powerful yet calming experience. I feel alive.
It turns out I am not the only one and science thinks I’m on to something. Evidence is mounting showing that taking a walk in nature, especially someplace green, has powerful effects on our emotions and mental well being.
A study at Stanford showed that a good nature walk can:
- Decrease anxiety and rumination (you know, that thing you just can’t let go of)
- Had a positive cognitive effect.
- Decreased blood flow to the subgenual prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain where activity increases when we brood.
Studies at the University of Michigan showed group nature walks were associated with:
- Decreased depression
- Improved mental health
- Lower perceived stress
Large bodies of additional evidence also show that a good walk can:
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Improve your mood
- Reduce stress
- Increase energy
- Help improve dementia
- Help tone our bodies
- Burn extra calories
- Strengthen our hearts
- It lowers levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol
- Increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol
- Keep blood pressure in check
Grab a friend and go for a walk or take a walk of solitude, but whatever you do enjoy today!
So, how’s it going towards my personal goals to amazing?
Goal one, my Shaklee Business: Hoorah, I have some appointments! A friend of mine always reminds me that it is a matter of planting seeds, just be patient. I am finding that to be true. Waiting can have sweet rewards!
Goal two, my health and fitness: Ouch! Yard work! Yesterday was a great day of physical activity and boy do I feel it today! Next time I’ll take my Physique it helps prevent sore muscles after a workout. Today is Sunday and I think I’ll go for a walk and of course Strip and Shake daily, and be a mindful eater.
100 Days to Amazing! You can do amazing things.
I believe you can; you believe you can too!
What the 100 Days is about:
I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried? I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual! What could I do in 100 days?
My Journey to Amazing: My 100 Days to Amazing are committed to making a more successful business as a Shaklee Independent Distributor and I am also committed to 100 days to amazing health and fitness. I want to be fit for my future making sure that my health span matches my life span as closely as possible. This is my Journey.
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