The current situation is hectic: Covid-19, economy, a split country. We all need an escape, a getaway from life’s stressors just to cope with the daily struggle; from work, from family, from the news, from the turmoil around the world. A place to heal our minds.
Floridians especially need this; the state is leading with the highest numbers of Covid patients in the USA as of October 2021. Stress is deteriorating our mental health, and it’s important for home, work and nation to keep it stable.
How do we keep stress at bay? How do we find that peace? By the simple things.
Find Escape In Nature
Nature tends to bring balance in our lives. While Florida isn’t ideal for escaping in nature with its infamous scorching heat, respite is around the corner – Fall is here and good weather has arrived!
Take a hike at a national park, fish in one of the many lakes and rivers, star gaze in a small town, these simple outdoor activities can help heal your mind and body. Revitalizing your soul.
Well known psychic in Florida Cynthia Becker says
“…feeling out of control to refocus and center your mind, releasing some of those anxious unwanted thoughts.”
Source: Coping with Covid 19 Anxiety
By refocusing on yourself in an environment, like nature, your mind begins rebuilding calm and constructing new pathways to mental peace, which will help you when you’re back in the daily grind.
Trees / Plants Help Reduce Stress
Exposure to the outdoors is proven to reduce stress. Plants give off phytoncides, an airborne produced by plants to protect themselves from insects.
…airborne chemicals that plants give off to protect themselves from insects. Phytoncides have antibacterial and antifungal qualities which help plants fight disease. These cells kill tumor- and virus-infected cells in our bodies. In one study, increased NK activity from a 3-day, 2-night forest bathing trip lasted for more than 30 days. Japanese researchers are currently exploring whether exposure to forests can help prevent certain kinds of cancer.
Source: Department of Environmental Conservation
Reading Reduces Stress
When is the last time you read for fun? If you have been bombarded by every days stressors, then I’m sure you haven’t in a while. Reading allows your mind to divert its attention from stress to the story you’re enjoying. While it’s not a physical escape into nature, reading can place your mind into a state of ease and transport the reader into a literary world.
Couple tips to consider:
- The book you choose doesn’t have to be a best-seller. It can be anything you enjoy to read.
- Choose a book that won’t get you upset.