The holidays are a time for families and friends to come together and share in happy times and find meaning, closeness and love. So we are told.
For most people finding that meaning and love takes a lot of work, social events to attend, shopping, lots of cooking and baking, and promises to keep all within a couple months starting with Thanksgiving. With all that comes stress.
Now that the shopping is over and the resolutions have been made and clean up still to go perhaps it is time to come up for air. Nothing can bring you back to your center better than Nature. It is the very root of your existence, home.
As a part of our Get In Touch With Your Roots campaign we would like to start with releasing stress.
There is a lot of talk about mindfulness and staying in the moment. That is the very heart of living in and with Nature. Being aware of your surroundings at any moment is the very existence of every creature in Nature. It is a way of life, not something they have to read in an article or take classes in it.
We humans have taken ourselves out of that. Out of our nature.
The purpose of our Get In Touch With Your Roots campaign is to reconnect you with Nature, with home.
“What better time to start than after the holidays when you couldn’t feel more stressed and disconnected and off balance?
Here are three ways to get you started on the way to reconnecting with your roots and shedding your stress at the same time. Coming home is always a relief.
So take a prescription for your holiday stress without any side effects, go Forest Bathing.
Outside of course. Find a nice place to sit among trees and draw. It doesn’t matter if you are good or bad at drawing. As children we did not judge our drawing we just relished the time we had to draw and paint. You are not creating a work of art to be hung in a museum. It is for your eyes only or to share with your family if you choose. Just enjoy the experience.
Draw something simple like a leaf or stone or be more daring and draw a tree, animal (very difficult unless they pose) or the whole landscape.
Drawing is creative and refocuses you brain helping to relieve your stress. Drawing nature gets you to focus on your surroundings and the beauty around you which is very relaxing and makes you more observant and aware. And, of course, it is just fun.
Shed your holiday stress by reconnecting with Nature. It is time you are willing to take just for you. It is where you are from. It is home. Remember, it is always there for you. Everyone needs to come home once in a while.