Tip #30: Get outside and be at one with nature (or at least take a walk in the park or something).
The Why: There are four main reasons why stepping outside and going on a mini adventure amongst the flowers and the trees can help a person overcome anxiety.
Some of the things said may sound cliche, but stick with me here. Honestly, it helps.
Firstly, getting outside gets you some vital vitamin D.
Vitamin D has been proven to boost the mood, and reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The link between the serotonin- releasing part of your brain, and Vitamin D has been widely documented.
Imagine millions of photons all smiling on their trip down from the sun, ready to fuel your body with happiness and joy!(Actually that sounds kind of terrifying, so maybe don’t)
It’s no wonder we feel so much happier when the sun is shining!
Getting outside means you catch some rays, and some happy hormones.
Secondly, sometimes stepping outside of ourselves and our problems can be a good thing.
When you are in an anxious mood, you can easily get sucked into the negative thought spirals.
It’s easy to feel like all your problems are closing in at once, and we begin to associate
our inside space with feeling trapped by the weight of our panic.
Next time this begins to happen, step out.
Going outside and getting some fresh air into your lungs (which will also help you breathe easier) allows you to take a step back from your space and your thoughts before they become toxic.
Changing your environment is key to getting a new perspective, which is key to silencing those ever-encroaching negative spin-cycles.
Thirdly, being around nature gives you some perspective and makes you feel like something bigger than yourself
When you have anxiety, your problems can completely take over your mind. Your doom cycle begins and the world feels very small and dark.
Being amongst nature makes you realise how small your problems are in comparison to the large and beautiful world that exists out there.
When I feel anxious, I often think about the sheer scale of the universe, and how amazing it truly is that on this rock hurtling around a star that is just one of billions in our galaxy alone that we exist.
Thinking about life, the universe and everything on this grand scale makes me realise how tiny my issue actually was, and how in the grand scheme of things, it’s actually pretty unimportant.
This is not to say that our issues aren’t valid, or don’t matter. Of course they very much do. But when anxiety turns a molehill into a mountain, it’s often a good idea to put it back into perspective.
Being around the sheer beauty of nature allows us to feel part of something much bigger than ourselves.
We realise that we are part of a complex ecosystem that sustains our amazing planet, and that is something no one can take away from us, no matter how bad things seem to have gone.