By: Lillian Cuthbert
Go outside! Nature can inspire us, cheer us up, comfort and calm us. In fact, it is hard to find a better cure-all, at such a cheap price, as a stroll through a park, or even simply a walk around a city block or two.
Consider including a walk outside as part of your own daily self-care routine. And treat it with reverence: walk slow, look around, stare at the trees, listen for the birds, breathe. See how something so simple can affects your mood. I take a walk nearly every day, no matter the weather.
My 91 year old dad does the same, although lately, he skips his walk if there is a lot of ice on the ground. It keeps us both healthy and in good spirits, and I’m sure it will do the same for you. It is very hard not to be upbeat when you are out in nature. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, although I bet if you start to adopt the practice daily, you will take longer and longer walks to reap more of the benefits. But don’t take my word for it — try it yourself!