17. Connecting with nature can help you to declutter your mind and generally feel calmer.
Studies have proven that individuals connected with nature have an increased sense of calmness and tranquility. Connecting with nature does not necessarily mean that you have to find your nearest woods. It can be anything that you choose. Like taking a walk, you can connect with nature in a way that does not require the hustle and bustle of physical activity. For instance, you can choose to sit by the lake or river and take in the water’s calm and serenity. If you live near the ocean, you can go to the beach and stick your toes in the sand while you absorb all of the calmness associated with the nature around you.
It can even be as simple as sitting in your living room, listening to the rain hit your windows. The goal is the same – focus on all that nature offers and how it brings calmness to your mind and body. Studies have shown that people who spend even a small amount of time connecting with nature have shown lower prefrontal cortex activity. That is the brain region that is extremely active when you find yourself trapped in a repetitive loop of negative thought patterns. Make sure that you are spending a few minutes with the fresh air on your skin. Listen to the birds singing or watch the cloud drift by. Nature can have a powerful impact on your mental state.