After a long day, taking a walk may be the last thing on your mind, but maybe it should be the first. Did you know you can ease stress with nature? The benefits of surrounding yourself with trees and plants are endless. Here are some ways to ease stress with nature.
Parks & Rec
If you are feeling overwhelmed, perhaps the answer lies in nature. Take a walk in your local park, go for a hike on a favorite trail or plan an outing to a farm in Westchester county. Exposing yourself to the serenity of nature is a great way to relax and reconnect with your inner peace. A study by researchers at the University of Illinois found that “viewing tree canopy in communities can significantly aid stress recovery.”
Spending time in your local Westchester parks is also a wonderful way to familiarize yourself with your community. The more you explore, the more you may become inspired to take action. What are some ways you have found peace in a local Westchester park?
Plant an Indoor Garden
Give your home or office a touch of greenery with an indoor garden. An indoor garden is a great way to incorporate a little bit of nature into your everyday life. Maybe your indoor garden will help you explore the green thumb you never knew you had.
Exercise your imagination with a great nature-themed book. Simply imagining yourself in a natural environment is an awesome tool for relaxation, and reading makes this even easier! American Forests shared this great list of nature-inspired books from Goodreads.
For more ways to ease stress with nature, check out this article from American Forests.