Struggling with anxiety can make everyday tasks seem daunting, difficult and stress inducing. What are ways that we can relax, calm down, and feel connected with ALL our emotions and with nature.

Many people find that connecting with nature, feeling the breeze on their face, smelling the trees and listening to them rustle in the wind brings them “down to earth” and is grounding. Nature also impacts our physical wellbeing. It can help reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality, according to researchers Stamatakis and Mitchell.

Here are some tips on mindfulness and meditation and calming the mind from a novice meditator!

1. Find a nice spot outside, maybe the backyard, or a favourite spot on a hiking trail, or the beach.

2. Sit in a comfortable position – cross legged on a pillow, or lay right on your back on a blanket.

3. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds nature is spreading around. Focusing on these sounds can help with staying focused and preventing the mind from wandering.

4. Notice the way the breeze hits your cheek, or a bird singing in the distance.

5. Accept the stress, and as you breath in, notice any tense areas, and when you breathe out, allow that stress and tense muscle on your body to relax and let go.

6. Make a goal of meditating outside for 5-10 minutes a day, and if it’s raining and preventing you from going outside, take advantage and open the windows and listen to the rain hit the leaves on the trees while it nurtures the environment around you.

Nature can allow people to feel connected not only with the environment, but bring out stressed and anxious mind back to a calming state.

With meditation, we can appreciate every emotion we have, while learning to be mindful of how to treat ourselves and the world around us.

Have you taken up meditation? Why or why not?

 Here is further reading – how to connect with nature during a pandemic