My friend Tony recently said, “All the people I know who regularly spend time in nature are well-balanced human beings.” I thought about this and have to admit I agree with him.
Spending time in nature – walking, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, boating, or just hanging out at the beach are all invigorating, rejuvenating and relaxing summer activities. Breathing fresh air, listening to the myriad of sounds around you, and being present in what you are doing has a calming, balancing effect on the body and mind. Today’s world moves at such a dizzying pace, yet we work harder and longer hours to get ahead, putting our leisure time at the bottom of the list. Taking time to relax and enjoy life is equally as important, even a must to remain a sane and balanced individual.
The Northwest is a beautiful place to live. Make it a priority to spend time with good friends, take advantage of the sunny Northwest weather (while it’s here), and breathe in the beauty all around you. This replenishing time will provide you with more energy when it comes time to return to your daily work. In the meantime, allow yourself leisure time. As Martha Stewart says, “It’s a good thing.”