Men have plenty of stress.

Bills, women, family drama, health issues, politics at work…

It can feel as though we’re being assaulted on all sides.

Over time this kind of stress can erode our spirit—stealing our joy and enthusiasm for life.

Fortunately, there is an easy and powerful way to reclaim your inner peace while fortifying yourself against the effects of future stressors.

Go visit your mother!

That’s right, your mother will soothe your raw nerves. She’ll nourish your tired body. And renew your optimism for the future.

Hahahaha, just kidding, dude.

I’m not really telling you to go visit your mommy (although, that would probably be a nice thing to do).

I’m talking about Mother Nature.

Get outside!

Feeling tired, foggy headed, emotional, lazy, frustrated, confused, unmotivated?

Walk out the door and go for a walk. Don’t think about it, just do it.

It doesn’t matter if you feel like it.

Just go.

Even a quick walk around the block can work miracles.

Cool trick: If you don’t feel like going, tell yourself that you only have to go around the block.

Then, if after walking around the block you feel like going farther, then do can (you often will).

If you don’t, then at least you got a little more movement and fresh air.

Do that often.

But…

If you want the strong medicine, then get yourself out to a park or into the woods, beach, mountains (whatever that place of beauty is for you).

Any amount of time you can get out there is great. More time is usually better.

Chances are, if you’re already feeling stressed and feel like you don’t have the time to do this.

But you can actually get a decent effect from a shorter amount of time in nature if you abide by a few guiding principles.

Leave the tech behind. This is a time to unplug and allow your awareness to expand into the environment.

Move! Walk. Workout. Climb a tree. Skip stones across a pond. Balance on a log.

Not only will this get you breathing deeply (which has it’s own profound effects on your physiology and psychology), you’ll be interacting with the environment in a way that helps you throw off your worldly worries faster.

Use your senses. Notice smells, textures, colors, sounds,  sensations, patterns. This will get you out of your head and into the present moment.

Do these things, and you’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll get out of your experience outside.

You will connect instead of just passing through.