Taking the time to get outside is essential. Going out and camping even one night out amongst the trees and nature will help reset you and take away stress and anxiety. Living in Colorado people are generally happier and healthier, and it has a lot to do with getting out and soaking up some sun. It is easy to get stressed and fall off track of goals, plans, and life. I challenge people who are feeling anxiety to just go sit with some trees in the woods, camp, or anything that will get you away from electronics and noise, and closer to nature. People make fun of all the hippies, but they have some things right. It’s all about finding a balance between the natural world, and the one we have created.
Went for a walk this afternoon by the creek after I had made my post earlier. Found all this down by the water for the most part, a few items up away.
Many of us do not realize our impact on nature. There are a lot of people who do not go outside, and if they do, they never get to places where there is no people or cell reception. Therefore we never see plastic pollution outside of our city streets. It really is crazy how much plastic and trash is just floating around on earth. Next time you toss a wrapper or bottle, or see one on the ground think about where it goes. Chances are the ocean. Wind will blow it, or rain will carry it to a stream, to a river to the ocean or maybe a reservoir for recreation or drinking water. Trash doesn’t stay in one place, it flows like everything else. Everything we do is connected back to use one way or another, even our waste. Here’s a little article that has a birds nest with plastic trash featured.
We consume so much meat, especially in america, it is disgusting. If people would cut out some of their meat consumption we could make such an impact. People don’t have to become vegan or vegetarian, just eat more veggies. Take a couple days a week, or even a few meals a week and don’t eat meat. Some good motivation is the info from One Green Planet. Less meat and more veggies will make a healthier planet, and provide more food across the world.
I love going into the mountains. Whether it be snowboarding or hiking or mountain biking, there is something that is so refreshing about being outside. Sometimes I forget about all the nature and beauty around while snowboarding. Apart from being fun the best part of skiing and riding is that it is outside and you are using natural things as part of the sports. Whether you ride park, pow, or just groomers for fun don’t forget to stop, look up and enjoy the view. I promise you won’t regret it! For me it is a form of meditation, I always take a few minutes atop one of the runs to sit and just see what is around me. Really look around, see the mountains, trees, and other riders. It always relaxes and centers me. It reminds me that we are all connected, to each other and the natural world around us.