Many times when I go on hikes, it’s all about the end. How far I can go, sticking to the plan, getting there by a certain time. I’m sure a lot of you do the same. So we’re going to focus on how to relax in the outdoors.
I’ve been an outdoorsman since I was a little boy. My father took us hiking, mountain biking, camping, and fishing almost every weekend in the summer. There was never a dull moment in our house. One thing I always admired about my dad was that he always seemed so relaxed in the mountains. He was of the stock where they teach you once and then expect you to figure it out from there. But in the wilderness, he’d teach you as many times as necessary without getting impatient. It was like he was a whole different person in the woods.
They say that spending time with nature is beneficial for you. I have no arguments about that. It not only benefits your mental health, but also can help deter depression, boost your immunity, and make you happier! It can also be a spiritual experience, getting to spend time in God’s creations. I know that if I make it into a trail once a week, I’m generally happier during the other six days.
Now, you don’t have to go out to the mountains to enjoy nature. Here in Utah, we’re quite blessed to be surrounded by mountains, so it’s not that difficult for us. Go to a park, play some frisbee, or go to the local fishing hole, get some relaxation on. I don’t have a garden right now, but I love doing my own landscaping and gardening. Something about pushing my hands through the dirt. I feel that spending time outside is just as beneficial as going to the gym, doing daily yoga, or drinking a warm cup of tea.
So get out there, opt outside, and start being even happier than you already are.