Yesterday was the first day of spring. We can look forward to warmer weather, gardens, bike rides, and all the things that come with changing seasons. In the spirit of spring, I’m going to share my absolute number-one health/wellness/beauty tip in the universe.
I kid you not. That’s my tip. Outside there are all these wonderful things like dirt and trees and sunshine. Getting out in the woods for a long hike is one of my absolute favorite activities; it’s incredibly calming, rejuvenating, and healing. If I’m stuck inside too long I start to feel restless, bored, and down in the dumps. Not healthy for me or those around me.
I’m incredibly lucky too–Pisgah National Forest, Dupont State Forest, and Bent Creek are practically in my backyard–so its easy for me to get to the
nearest trailhead lickety split. A walk in the woods is good for the soul and good for the body too; there are some pretty steep climbs in Western North Carolina.
Nothing beats the feeling of connecting and grounding by getting your feet in the dirt. If you Google “earthing” or “grounding” you’ll get the gist of what I mean. There’s a lot of information about the health benefits of grounding out there and techniques that you can use. I just go outside and wander in the woods. Nothing fancy.
If you are planning an excursion in the forest, be sure to bring plenty of water and bring a map if you’re unfamiliar with the area. Let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return. If you’re hiking with your dog, consider outfitting your furry buddy in an orange safety vest. My girl wears one during hunting season.
I can’t recommend getting out and experiencing nature first-hand enough. Get outside!