ethanessig Jun/ 18/ 2018 | 0
If you missed my blog about my Nature Routine for May, click here first.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Walden, pg 74
There is a purpose to being in nature. All the commotion of modern life removed. Thoreau knew this in 1845 when he went to live at Walden Pond for two years. I am not looking for the life of a hermit (I only dream about it sometimes). I am merely looking for a better routine to help manage stress, anxiety, and depression. We now know being in nature can improve that and now we have the science to back that idea up.
Please check out this video from author Florence Williams:
Now, it is nice to have data that backs up the health benefits of spending time in nature. I don’t think that is needed but does help when trying to get more people outside. For me, it is just what I want and needs to do. Just not the case for others, but knowing this can be a motivation to get away from the screen.
So, here is a breakdown of my routines for spending time outside and what I need to work towards.
What was my Nature Routine?
* Walk around outside for a few moments every day or hang out outside. This can include walking the dogs or a morning cup of coffee.
* Hike once a week. Nothing extreme around me, but good trails to escape.
* Go camping one time during May. The right amount of State Parks within a two-hour drive.
Where did I fail?
* I did not sleep outside, despite my sincere desire to do so. This was the part of the routine I was most excited to do. It has been some time since more than a nap outside. I plan to make this work in June.
* I did not record anything. I wanted to pay attention to heart rate and make a note of mood. Something I will conquer in June. Data and feel are essential when looking at this routine. I need to know first that it is working, and second what I need to adjust time wisely. Just be able to make time to accomplish this.
* Did not record where I went or what I was doing. The power of this routine is sharing with others. If there is a real benefit, then it needs to be shared.
What did I learn?
I learned that a Nature Routine takes more focus then you would think. Especially the camping piece. I can go on the trail after work, but it takes more effort to go camping. I also just didn’t put the required amount of effort forth. The energy went to other areas of my life that didn’t need it. I could probably take some of the Deadwood hours back and go outside.
It is frustrating. I know that I feel better outside. We have to work on ourselves at all times. Always looking to grow. Let nature be your guide on that journey.