Christy Jordan details one of the most effective ways she stays on top of her mental health and is able to be at her best each day.
What if there was one simple thing you could do each day that would increase your attention span, decrease your stress, help you make better decisions, and improve your mental as well as physical health? Well, there is, and that’s what we’re gonna talk about today.
You see, as humans, we were not created to spend so much of our existence indoors. When we’re inside an office or in a house all day long our perspective can easily become skewed. Stress, pressure, and even anxiety thrive in spaces where our entire focus is contained, where, in place of wind and birds chirping, we have the soft buzz of printers or equipment, and perhaps a tv in the background.
We forget that we, ourselves, are creations of nature, and when we remove ourselves entirely from that environment, and contain ourselves in a synthetic one, the difference becomes more stark the longer we remain there.
In this situation, with so little to draw our attention away from whatever problem or dilemma we are dealing with, we can become hyper focused and blow even small things up to disproportionate importance.
However, I’ve found that if I just take a moment to go outside, where there’s fresh air blowing beautiful trees, green grass, and I’m surrounded by the Father’s creation, I’m reminded of how big the world is in comparison to those problems that just minutes before seemed to overwhelm my entire being,
Suddenly, I’m no longer in a very small world that feels like it is closing in on me, instead I am now connected, once again, to a vast world that is so much bigger than I can even grasp.
We were meant to be surrounded by creation, surrounded by physical examples of God’s beauty, and all of this serves to remind us of his power, his love, and that wholeness of peace that can only come from Him, known as Shalom. and that is something that we instantly have when we step outside and so I think it’s very important when you’re going through a period of stress, when you’re just not happy, or even depressed to try to get outside more. take walks, sit in the sunshine, take a coffee break on the steps, even if it is just for ten minutes!
This is one of the things that I do on a regular basis to keep my mental health where it needs to be And it’s not just in our heads, either! This really works!
More and more studies are proving that time in nature benefits our physical and mental health, increases our sense of happiness and satisfaction with our lives, and even helps us to become kinder and more generous in spirit. And what’s more, there isn’t even a required amount of time for all of these benefits to take place. The most important thing is that it becomes a regular habit whenever possible.
So next time the world feels like it’s closing in on you, step outside, into creation, and spend some time reminding yourself who really rules the world. I promise that it will make a world of difference.
Until next time, I love y’all!