The Calming Nature of Nature

The Calming Nature of Nature

I first learned the calming effect of being in nature when my daughter was in grade school. I had been working so much, driven by my goals and she had a field trip to the local nature preserves. Of course, I wanted to take her, but as usual, had a million things to do before we left. Finally, we headed out and we were only a little late. We hurried to meet the group and after I caught my breathe, I looked around . . . instantly, I relaxed. I was surrounded by nature. The effect was profound. I felt all the tension inside me go away. At that moment, I knew my priorities were out of order. I was focused on all the wrong things and I had to make a change. My daughter deserved better and so did I.

The calmness I felt in the woods was such a contrast to the busy lifestyle I had been living. But in that moment, nothing else seemed to matter and the quiet was a welcomed relief. Albert Einstein said, Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. My eyes were opened the minute I was immersed in nature and I understood I needed to change.

Try not to wait too long before you look to nature. Every day, if possible, or at least once a week, immerse yourself. Take regular walks and find a favorite hiking trail. You can visit local nature centers or volunteer to clean up parks. In your home, buy a new plant or fill a basket with pinecones. Surround yourself with the calming effects of nature.

Featured photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash.

Want to Be More Organized?

Want to Be More Organized?

My love of organizing began when I was a young child. I became the opposite of my mother. Her piles of papers, stacks of boxes, and lots of dust made me feel stressed. I just couldn’t relax with such disarray surrounding me. I retreated to my bedroom, my safe place, the place I could control the order of things. I made my bed, cleared off my desk, and arranged my pencils just the way I wanted them. I could lie on my bed and enjoy the serene feeling of order and organization.

Not everyone has this experience with clutter. Some people are not affected by it at all and can function just fine with it surrounding them. I am not one of those people. I am a firm believer that whether or not clutter is your enemy, having an organized living space can bring a sense of peace. It also is nice to be able to find things when you need them! So strap in . . . organizing tips are coming!