- Time in Nature
For thousands of years, humans lived intimately with Nature until the rise of the industrial revolution. With modern technology humans seem to be moving further and further away from nature, spending more time in front of a computer, tablet or phone. Lately, many companies started sending their top executives to a wilderness retreat to regain their mindset, and throughout the ages we have heard of sages, shamans, yogis and indigenous people seeking the wilderness for sources of healing and wisdom.
After walking through a park, don’t you often feel relieved and at peace with yourself? Many experts have shown that contact with Nature reduces the symptoms of stress, depression and attention deficit disorders. The physical and mental benefits are seen with greater cognition and emotional, spiritual and subjective wellbeing. It is considered to be a mode of healing.
Some personal coaches offer ‘walk & talk’ in the forest, with verbal clearings while speed walking for those of you who want to add an efficiency element to their moment in nature.
Good relationships are paramount to physical and mental wellbeing. A quality relationship is the most important of all lifestyle factors.
Good relationships lower the risk of diseases? ranging from the common cold to heart disease as well as strokes and depression. Good relationships are also associated with greater health and happiness as well as better intellectual and work performance. Apparently we are built to create an intimate brain-to-brain link-up. This neural link allows us to feel, and affects the brain function of everyone we meet. So, be grateful for the company you keep – they may just make you healthier. So why not go through your agenda and call up an old friend, or find out how your ex-colleagues are doing? We always tend to let people we’ve had fun with pass their way because they are not useful for our business or love life or anything? But having fun and sharing is so important that it’s worth every little minute of organization.
- Recreation and enjoyable activities
If you manage your time wisely, you can combine recreation, exercise, time in Nature and social interaction such as outdoor team sports. Research indicates that playing enhances learning and social growth. It teaches children how to live together, how to compete, cooperate, make friends and acquire necessary social skills. It is important to understand that recreational activities do not exclude art and other aesthetic pleasures. Start a drawing class, bring out your old collection of cars and restore them, or start a band!