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Retreat to Nature for a Quick Mental Kick

Spend Quality Time with Loved Ones in Nature

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Here are some ideas that can help you get the most out of your outdoor experience:

Get Lost In Nature: Not literally but figuratively. Find something to concentrate on when you're outside that you can "get lost in" mentally. For some, this might be bird watching or fly-fishing. For others, it can be as simple as sitting by a small creek and watching water ripple over rocks and fallen leaves move downstream. Pay attention to what is going on in nature and let the normal concerns of life leave your mind completely.

Reconnect with an Old Friend: Life moves so quickly these days that it is easy to lose touch with your friends, especially if they live in another city or state. If you can relate, invite a friend to meet you at a park or camping area somewhere in between your home cities. Getting away from the phone, the television, even the family, and spending some quality time catching up can be just what the doctor ordered to breath new life into an old friendship.

Fall for Someone: Take your spouse or significant other out for a night or two this fall…really out. Sitting around a campfire and reconnecting, snuggling up in a tent, having a deep conversation under the stars… Camping can re-kindle (pardon the pun) your romance in a matter of hours.

Fall comes every year, and every year it seems to be gone before you know it. This year, make the time, free your mind…and get to know it.

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  • Do you have any exercises that I can do in a chair? The reason is, I'm a right-leg, above-knee, amputee and I use crutches to walk with. It's hard for me to find ways to exercise. Thanks for all your help and may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you all. - 1/25/2016 9:34:19 AM
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    And don't forget, September - February is hunting season in a lot of areas so be careful where you hike. - 10/10/2015 9:40:35 AM
  • We live in a place where there are lots of greenways and state parks with great kicking trails. There is also a great national park four hours away with hiking. We love to get out and walk or hike. We enjoy the scenery and the animals, and we do it all seasons. I had surgery last year and my surgeon said that outdoor exercise is a must! - 8/28/2013 10:11:20 AM
  • Great trail in Nevada City, California. Herschmann Pond trail off Cement Hill Rd, across from the large rock near the corner of Hwy. 49 - 3/2/2012 11:04:11 PM
  • Now I know part of why I miss my Dad so much it was ussally with him I spent most of my time in the outdoors. - 7/6/2011 9:54:05 PM
  • I just happened to find a new park the other day and took a walk on a trail. It was such a refreshing break after so long a time, and it rekindled all the calming, curiuos, and joyful thoughts I had from more carefree times past. You might say I renewed my friendships with the trees, flowers, and critters! - 6/27/2011 12:14:10 AM
  • I felt very eager to just DO it when I read this. I often crave time far away from houses. But, I'm married to a spouse who doesn't care for the out-of-doors, and it doesn't seem prudent to do these things alone in one's seventies. Younger friends are too busy with jobs and family, older friends would think I've gone batty .... Hmmmmm. I think I'm talking myself into a carefully planned mini-adventure .... - 3/19/2011 9:54:34 PM
  • Wow the article and comments make me want to get out and go!! I live in upstate N.Y. and I just love going to all the parks and walking my dog. - 3/14/2011 9:03:11 AM
  • Even a day out in nature is wonderful. I can't camp out, but just a get-away on a walk with my dog, binoculars & a field guide does wonders any time of year. Lovely article! - 12/6/2010 6:05:10 AM
  • That sounds wonderful. Wish I could make time for a fall campout, but between work and school I may have to settle for a weekend walk in the park! - 9/24/2010 2:01:00 PM
    My S.O. and I went car camping several times this year. It was so nice being surrounded by Douglas firs within sight of a lake. The campground allowed us to lazy float in our inner tubes by day and sit by the fire under the stars and really enjoy each others company at night. It is now too cold to float on the lake but we can still enjoy ourselves with a good hike and a few nights in a yurt or cabin. I love fall! - 9/24/2010 12:59:59 PM
    We love to spend time outdoors, but find it hard to camp out because of husband's illness. We love to camp in motels and enjoy day trips through parks. I hike and he people watches ! - 7/20/2010 11:32:02 PM
  • we are outdoors people. love hiking our trail through the county! We see all kinds of wildlife and nature that we have gone 5 miles before we realize! - 6/16/2010 9:21:35 PM
  • I totally 2nd. this article. Just getting out for my walk, or a hike, does something major to my spirit... perhaps this is GOD ordailned!!! He knows we live stressful lives, and He has something FOR us just waiting to be enjoyed. - 5/4/2010 12:51:37 PM
  • I live in southern New Mexico, on the edge of a national forest and an hour from desert trails. In the summer I go more to the forest and when the weather is colder towards the desert trails. Hiking is my favorite activity, and where I find the peace and strength that helps me through the day to day challenges. Outdoors is where I find my sanity.
    - 11/25/2009 7:44:03 PM

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