Being outdoors and moving increases learning, health, motivation, communication, memory and overall behaviour. It decreases stress, fear, boredom and dependence. So, just do it!
With priorities constantly changing, pressures to meet deadlines, work and family pressures, life is often a tough gig. The children are growing up, there are groups to join, occasional meetings for self improvement, work, regular exercise, being a great partner, making time for sex, being an awesome parent and a role model. At the same time our responsibilities constantly increase. It can be extremely difficult to keep the ship balanced. Where do we fit in the time to take a breather to chill, soak up the sun, or even notice our breathing?
Fact: Health comes first – in fact physical and mental health always come first.
With this pressure, internal stress is created within our bodies, having a huge impact. It can lead to depressive behaviour in the short and/or long term. Some will gain weight, we could even lose it. Negative emotions can linger which may lead to an increase in drinking, taking prescribed or other drugs, all with the intention of numbing the pain and/or hiding temporarily. The effects of us being in a pressured or stressed situation will ripple into life, with the biggest impact on our loved ones. With the physical impact, our mental state is challenged and our thought processes affected. Our thinking might cause us to feel out of control and our grounded routines will be challenged. Does any of this sound familiar? Does it need to stay this way? No! Is it easily changed? This depends on how much we want it to be different. Doing something different is change. Dr Wayne Dyer once said, “Change your thinking – change your world”. The question to ask is, what do we want? When we know what we want it’s easier to set the mast and sail there.
To keep a balanced ship knowing what we want is key. Firstly, when specific and clear the universe, god, source (whatever our description) will be more able to set it up. When we are crystal clear, steps can be put in place to make it happen, like a navigational map. The steps can be a concise plan with markers for success. These work well for many people because, as stated by Conrad Hilton, “success seems to be connected to action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit”.
So how can we keep our thoughts focused? How do we support ourselves and our families with the ‘change’? If nothing changes, then nothing changes and we will be back to the beginning. Our thoughts regress to fuzzy, we feel stagnant and exhausted, we are back on the repeat merry-go-round and the unwanted behaviours play out as we go around.
Success is connected to action. Supporting our crystal clear vision process, physical movement is required. This allows the energy and juices to flow. Being in the great outdoors fully supports our personal development and joy for life. Being focused and bringing movement into our life helps set up new neurological pathways and behaviours. Happy days!
Without movement we have a high risk of staying in the same place. The New York Times ‘Well’ newsletter February 2016 did a study of approximately 3000 50-79 year olds. The participants in the study were equipped with ultra-sensitive accelerometers for seven days. They were then followed for eight years as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers found movement equalled less death, less depression and less cancer. Sedentary activities can become addictive. To be on task and focused to our vision, moving is key to our success.
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.”
– Albert Einstein
Tips to get yourself moving
- Move to music. Laugh, groove, have fun.
- Swim in the ocean. Laugh and feel free and create a new zest to life.
- Walk in the bush. Feel, hear, touch and be wrapped up by nature. Nature never goes out of style.
- Be in nature – with a group, run in the bush or walk for charity, there are many options available.
- Walk on the beach, be with the sea. Feel the joy and freedom.
- Practise gratitude.
- Play a sport, as a family, couple or even alone. Tennis, cricket, touch footie, etc. Feel the joy of being in it.
- Affirmations can support us to feel progressive – movement for our brains.
- Meditate on the vision.
- Be in the sunshine.
THE BIG Q… This month, we ask The Hub experts what’s your fave family holiday destination and why?
Our best fun breakaway or holiday is throwing our tent into the car and heading out. Totally spontaneous, adventurous and fun. We talk, experience, live and be in the moment! We go with the flow.