If your life is anything like mine, you could always use a new way to reduce stress. I love to read the latest research and found this very interesting article today from Marie Ellis on Medical News Today. The article discusses a study conducted by the University of Michigan that found that participating in group nature walks can actually lower depression, reduce stress, and strengthen mental well-being.
Who would have guessed that going for a walk with a couple of friends outside could help in all these ways?! It seems that there are many studies that are finding walking, especially in nature, has benefits for all of us. It can boost creativity and give you the break you need in your busy day.
As one researcher, Dr. Weber, says,
”Walking is an inexpensive, low risk and accessible form of exercise, and it turns out that combined with nature and group settings, it may be a very powerful, under-utilized stress buster. “
That is reason enough for me to find a group of friends and go for a walk! What could be better than getting exercise, enjoying the scenery, and bonding with your friends or family? Stress, depression, and just feeling overwhelmed can take a toll on our work, our relationships, and our physical health. And we spend a lot of time and energy trying to fix those things when it turns out that one of the best solutions is free and easy to do.
So, the next time you’re feeling down ask yourself… have you walked today?
Do you pursue peace?
Here’s something that will blow your mind…peace doesn’t just come to us, we have to find it.
It’s easy to believe that one day we will have it all together and then we can have peace. But, peace is actually something we can have in the midst of total chaos. Peace is something that has to be cultivated, having peace is a decision we make. So, when your nerves are frazzled, take some time to pull back and brew yourself some peppermint tea or take some time to reflect on the positives of the day. The key here is to know that your heart can be stilled. What brings you peace?
There is a great joy that comes from giving to others. It really can’t be described, but I’m sure you’ve experienced it. It’s so easy to be focused on the needs of ourselves or family members that we forget about other people in our not so immediate sphere of influence. It’s great to have our needs and the needs of those close to us met but, what is even greater is offering ourselves to meet the needs of people we don’t really know…talk about an instant endorphin high! So question for you…what have you done for an acquaintance or even a stranger that has brightened his or her day?
Summer is now coming to a close and Fall will soon begin. As we expect this new season to usher in, we can also expect a new season to enter in our own lives. What are you expecting? Are you looking forward to new wonderful opportunities to enjoy your family and friends? Are you expecting more joy, peace, and fulfillment? There is great power in our expectation and it is amazing the weight that our thoughts and words carry. So, may I encourage you to expect big this fall? May your expectation be that this season will be one of your best yet.
Exercise is a huge part of a person’s physical, mental and emotional health, but it’s not always easy to get motivated to exercise. What if I were to tell you that there is a way to exercise and take care of yourself and others are the same time? Charity 5K Run/Walks take place throughout the year all over the country and in Washington, D.C. area.
The great part of these events is that you are getting a work out while also giving back. Both exercise and helping charities are good for your mind, body and soul. Having a goal to help out a charity or good cause can also help you stick to your fitness goals, and fuel your fire to run your heart out for that cause.
Here at Group Therapy Associates, we are extremely excited about our partnership with the Tigerlily Foundation, an organization that supports young women before, during and after breast cancer. We have created a team for the Tigerlily Foundation’s Pink Boa 5K to support their efforts. The 5K will take place Sunday, September 14 from 8-12 p.m. at Fairfax Corner.
Join our Group Therapy Associates team for the Pink Boa 5K and help raise awareness for the Tigerlily Foundation and its mission to support young women with breast cancer, or donate to help out in that way. Visit tigerlilyfoundation.org for more information about the 5K, and our 5K team page to join Team GTA.
What are you grateful for?
When was the last time you made time to think about all that you are grateful for?
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it seems counter-cultural to think about all the blessings we already have rather than all of the things that we need. It’s easy to feel perpetually behind schedule and generally behind in life. Though we may not be able to change our circumstance we are able to change the way we view our circumstances and how we see ourselves. The transformation begins with thoughts of gratitude.
So, I challenge you today, before you go to bed instead of rehearsing all of the things you didn’t accomplish, think about all the things you did. Instead of focusing on what when wrong during your day, think about what when right and then… be grateful.