Let Nature Reset You, Before it’s Too Late!
I screwed up. It was a full week past my new friend and business associate’s live event before I even realized that I had missed it. I had promised support and had failed to deliver. I was horrified, not to mentioned humbled and embarrassed. This was not like me at all. What happened?
If you have ever felt like you have dropped the ball, it’s a great time to do a check-in.
Is your plate too full?
Are you neglecting time for self-care?
I know for me, and most of my dedicated entrepreneurial friends it’s usually a combination of both of these!
If this sounds like you, knock it off. Immediately.
This can be a deadly combination. Literally. When left to brew, it is a serious threat to your health and can cause damage to your business.
I was over-committed, working with a lack of sleep and self-care and regularly found at my computer at 11 pm or later.
I was short-tempered at times, and even dare I admit it, jealous of friends that could meet at Starbucks just to “catch up” or take a bike ride on the trails near our house. “How can they afford the time to do that?” I’d think!
Truth is, we can’t afford not to do the things that will re-set us. Without reset, we short-circuit. (Trust me, re-set is better!)
Sabbaticals of any length have been proven effective, and intellectually most of us are aware of this, even as we hustle about our day, but I see more and more people reaching burnout and falling away from the natural rhythms of life.
That is the key. Natural. Rhythyms.
It seems ironic to say that in our constantly droning, technologically active world, science is re-examining the restorative power of nature. The idea is not new, back in 1990’s the Attention Restoration Theory, outlined by Stephan Kaplan of the University of Michigan, points to health benefits of sitting in nature; like the sensation of “getting away,” an effortless fascination with one’s surroundings, and even what he refers to as “extent,” a sense of being connected to a larger world.
Makes me want to head to the mountains right now!
There is a strong interdependence between us humans and animals as well, as the rise of equine and dog assisted therapy is proving.
Cool fact: Did you know that your blood pressure may lower by simply standing amongst a calm herd of horses? Their measureable electromagnetic field actually has a calming effect on us!
An additional reason to step outside, hug the dog or watch a butterfly: Powerful Personal Presence is fed by a healthy mind and body, so by taking time to re-set, reconnect and restore in nature you not only will be able to be more efficient in your day-to-day but will be able to be that calm and strong energy that will be a better leader in your presentations on camera and off! You can’t be 100% present when you are stressed, exhausted and fuzzy-brained.
Now, go take a walk. And leave the phone at home!
“My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass” ~Leslie Grimutter