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How Nature can Heal a Pandemic Slump

Almost two years into a pandemic, the slump is real. Whether you’re feeling tired, unmotivated, or altogether drained, everything that has happened since 2020 has taken a toll on everyone’s spirits.

We’ve all been told to “go on a walk for your mental health”. It’s not just a suggestion to take a break, but a proven tool to help individual wellbeing. The outdoors has always been a natural calling for a lot of people, and getting back in touch with it has significant benefits to everyone’s overall mental and physical health.

You may be asking, “In what ways?” Well, adventurers, reconnecting with nature is one of FML’s foundational aspects. So let’s dive into how discovering forests, mountains, lakes, and even your own backyard can help you through your slump.

Relieving anxiety, stress, depression

People in park

Taking a walk outdoors can do wonders for negative emotions. Hearing, seeing, and feeling a natural environment can reduce anger, fear, stress, and more. Stepping away from the every day and putting yourself into an open, fresh and new space changes the way you see yourself and the things you have to do.

It’s a little weird to say but there’s just something about the wind blowing through the trees that makes you breathe in a whole new way. Some research even shows that exposure to nature can relieve stress by reducing blood pressure and muscle tension, and even increasing dopamine. Happy vibes all around!

Helping to rediscover your focus and energy

FML Adventures looking at Canadian lake

It can be really overwhelming with all the back-to-back zoom calls, constant emails and the lines blurring between home life and work life. It makes it easy to lose focus and lose energy even faster.

The outdoors gives you the space to think. There’s no hustle and bustle, just the sound of water flowing and birds chirping. These kinds of open spaces let the brain relax and think more freely, regain focus and energy, and even boost creative thinking. So if you’re ever stuck on an idea for an assignment or work task, maybe a walk around the park has the inspo you need!

Getting the great sleep you deserve

Camping in the forest.

So you’re having trouble sleeping? Same here. Maybe it’s the constant screen time or just the rush of thoughts going through our heads, but sleeping is definitely not as easy as it used to be.

Natural sunlight has always been helpful in maintaining the circadian rhythm we’re meant to have. Staying away from artificial light before bed is one way to help. Waking up after camping in the woods is another, but that’s just an FML suggestion. A nature walk in general can improve sleep quality by clearing the mind, moving the body and relaxing the soul.

Finding a workout that has a destination worth seeing

Running towards mountains.

It’s no secret that working out produces all the good brain chemicals, from endorphins to dopamine (a.k.a. Happy body and happy mind chemicals). Staying at home and walking on a treadmill or stationary bike can help you get those feelings, but maintaining the motivation to do that doesn’t come so easily to everyone.

Getting out in nature gives you a destination. Whether you’re hiking to a waterfall, biking through a park or running to your favourite view in your hometown, taking the gym routine outside can do wonders for motivation and physical health.

If you’re looking for a way to get out there and be one with nature, FML Adventures has got your back with trips waiting for you in summer 2022. If you’re interested, join our waitlist today! If you’re looking to keep it local, there’s TONS of places to go to, whether it’s your local park, around your neighbourhood or a hiking trail not too far from home.

We’ll see you out there!

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