Being in nature and hiking in the woods have always been stress relievers for me. It’s a way to disconnect with the digital world and breathe in the fresh, clean air.
Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit anxious about life. I’ve started on a new exciting career path, I’m about to become an aunt to a little one on the other side of the country, I’m building new relationships and friendships, all while trying to work on myself in a world surrounded by likes and follows.
I battle with having such a love-hate relationship with technology. I love how connected we are now, but sometimes I wish I could be free from the digital world, just for a little bit. To stop always reaching for my phone, even when it doesn’t beep. To stop scrolling through Facebook, just because I’m bored.
It can be a lot to handle and I feel like I lose my authentic self sometimes. When I feel that way, I try to get outside to help remind myself that in the end, I am so small compared to everything that is out there.
The things that are making me feel anxious may seem huge to me, but looking at them from the outside in, they’re reasonable and I can handle them.
So, when you’re feeling overwhelmed, claustrophobic and just a little addicted to technology, try to get outside.
Turn your phone to airplane mode, listen to your favourite music, drink a coffee and walk under the trees. Look up at the sky, breathe in deeply and smile because you’re alive and you’re a beautiful soul, just trying to live a beautiful life.
My new goal is to spend one day a week without my phone and laptop. I’m going to shut them off and focus on me. I’m going to go outside and walk, I’m going to drink coffee, colour, do yoga and I’m going to read. It will be my refresh for the week ahead.
Let’s wander where the wifi is weak.