Gratitude for the Beauty of Nature

After an amazing week in Colorado enjoying the majestic peaks of the Rocky Mountains, I would be remiss in not expressing my gratitude for the beauty of the world that we are surrounded by.

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Nature is truly one of our greatest gifts and patiently waits upon us to step outside and experience all that she has to offer us.  Spending time in nature often reduces anxiety and stress.  Sharing gratitude for nature cam replace those feelings of anxiety with calm, peace, and serenity.  Perhaps some of us should try this technique for relieving stress!

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The amazing thing is that you don’t have to venture to the glorious peaks of the Rocky Mountains to enjoy the beauty of nature. ¬†Natures beauty can be enjoyed by simply opening the door and stepping outside. ¬†Take a deep breath. ¬†Stop for a moment and listen to the sounds of nature. ¬†What do you hear? Hopefully the wind rustling the leaves on the trees. ¬†Maybe birds chirping. ¬†Enjoying nature can provide some very positive effects for us. ¬†Taking a moment to express gratitude for nature benefits our bodies and our minds.

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Whenever the world gets me down. I retreat¬†to a green space to nurture myself back to the peaceful place where I long for my mind to stay. ¬†Being outside not only offers me peace and serenity from a hectic world, it restores my zest for life. ¬†After a time outside, ¬†I’m renewed¬†and ready to move on and face whatever challenges lie ahead.

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I can’t always get out of the city, but I am fortunate to live in an area where I take a walk, go to a park, or simply retreat to my own backyard where I can spend time relaxing and enjoy watching the tall pines swaying in the breeze.

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If the world is getting you down today, try to take some time and step outside for a moment to express your gratitude for the wonders of nature!

I promise you will feel so much better! xxoo Gerri

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† everything better.” – Albert Einstein

Something About Nature

Do you ever have one of those days where you¬† just feel out of sync with the world?¬† Maybe you’re feeling overly stressed, anxious or depressed.¬†¬†¬†¬†To improve your outlook on life try stepping away from your troubles for a while¬†and spend some time communing with nature.¬† Even a brief amount of time spent in the great outdoors can improve your outlook on life. ¬†A few minutes enjoying a quick walk outside can help fight off feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and a myriad of other health disorders. ¬†A¬†quick break taking in nature’s beauty can lift your mood and even¬†improve self-esteem.

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Many studies suggest that even a short amount of time spent outdoors can improve your outlook on life and assist in fighting off feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and a myriad of other health disorders.¬† Nature has a healing effect on our minds.¬† Spending time in nature can assist¬†us to battle mental fatigue and other stress related disorders.¬†¬†¬†Communing with nature¬†improves our cognitive function which restores the mind’s ability to focus allowing us to think more clearly.¬†¬†Time spent on a nature walk¬† provides peace of mind giving us a happier, healthier outlook on life.

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Why does nature offer such a calming effect?  Nature offers a pleasing environment that reverses the effects that create anxiety.  Exposure to nature can reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.  This allows our bodies to relax and our minds to return to a more positive mood.

So if your feeling blue today try getting up off that sofa, putting down that T.V. remote, or pushing away from the keyboard.  Step outside, breathe the fresh air and gaze upon the natural beauty of flower and tree.  Take a few minutes to survey the beauty of nature and see if it helps to lighten your mood!

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“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”¬† – Frank Lloyd Wright

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