Urban Detox: Nature Edition
It has officially been determined that city life no longer agrees with me. I used to love the city, and who knows, maybe I will again in the future. By right now, I can’t stand the noise, the pollution, the construction. I find myself winding tighter and tighter with each passing moment spent in this concrete jungle.
Combine that with my almost inevitable technology addiction, and we have a recipe for disaster.
Recently, I read a book called Your Brain On Nature. While I ended up not liking the book, its point came across loud and clear: nature is essential to a healthy, happy you.
So when I feel like it’s all getting to be too much, I do the only thing I can think of: take a hit of the green. Nature walks, runs in the river valley, whatever is accessible at the time. But we have taken a few major outings lately that really helped me recharge and endure my daily battle with the city.
The first was a day trip to nearby Elk Island National Park. No cellphone service. No computers. No cars, construction, skyscrapers, or sirens. We even saw a beaver up close. Pure heaven.
The second was my birthday gift from Bryan: a weekend getaway to Fernie, BC, with my high school best friend. We walked around town, dined on a patio as the sun set, and went white water rafting! I couldn’t have asked for a better, more thoughtful gift.
What do you do when you need to escape and recharge? How do you get your nature dose?
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