Back to nature
This post, I have decided to dedicate towards my journey into “Getting Back to Nature.” All too often we find ourselves in the hustle and bustle of what our busy lives throws at each and every one of us. This is, however, lots of times exactly what causes us the most stress and frustration in our life.
According to The American Institute of Stress, some of the most common causes of stress are:
As we all know, these are just a few of the things that cause us stress in our daily lives.
The American Psychological Association statistics state:
|Source: American Psychological Association|
|Research Date: 2017|
|Most Common Sources of Stress|
|63%||Future of our nation|
2014 Stress Statistics
|Source: American Psychological Association, American Institute of Stress|
|Research Date: 7.8.2014|
|Top Causes of Stress in the U.S.|
|Job Pressure||Co-Worker Tension, Bosses, Work Overload|
|Money||Loss of Job, Reduced Retirement, Medical Expenses|
|Health||Health Crisis, Terminal or Chronic Illness|
|Relationships||Divorce, Death of Spouse, Arguments with Friends, Loneliness|
|Poor Nutrition||Inadequate Nutrition, Caffeine, Processed Foods, Refined Sugars|
|Media Overload||Television, Radio, Internet, E-Mail, Social Networking|
|Sleep Deprivation||Inability to release adrenaline and other stress hormones|
|U.S Stress Statistics||Data|
|Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress||77 %|
|Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress||73 %|
|Feel they are living with extreme stress||33 %|
|Feel their stress has increased over the past five years||48 %|
|Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress||76 %|
|Reported lying awake at night due to stress||48 %|
|Stress Impact Statistics|
|Percent who say stress has a negative impact on their personal and professional life||48 %|
|Employed adults who say they have difficulty managing work and family responsibilities.||31 %|
|Percent who cited jobs interfering with their family or personal time as a significant source of stress.||35 %|
|Percent who said stress has caused them to fight with people close to them||54 %|
|Reported being alienated from a friend or family member because of stress||26 %|
|Annual costs to employers in stress related health care and missed work.||$300 Billion|
|Percent who say they are “always” or “often” under stress at work||30 %|
Okay, so, stay with me here… how many of you ever take a walk in the wilderness? Whether it be a Park, National Forest or just the woods close to your home. Anyone who has can tell you how relaxing and peaceful it is. The views are breathtaking and the fresh, clean air makes your lungs dance for joy! Not to mention all the animals that you get to see first hand. From the smallest “roll-ey poley” to one of the biggest- the Bear.
Animals of all shapes and sizes. Now, don’t get me wrong- SOME OF THEM COULD BE DANGEROUS! But as long as you stay on the beaten path, you are sure to come in contact with a few animals.
As for myself getting back to Nature is pretty easy because I live out in the country and there’s nothing but wilderness surrounding me. I will record my progress as I go and share some insights. I’d love to hear from you about your wilderness experiences.
Here’s a list of some things you can do if you wanna join me in Getting Back to Nature:
- Go hiking
- Take a camping trip.
- Try your luck at fishing.
- Find a secluded spot for meditation
- Jogging in a State Park.
- Bike an unknown trail
- Find a wilderness Guide if you are inexperienced.
- Enjoy some breath taking views in the mountains.
- Go on a Picnic
If you’re not too “outdoorsy” I recommend that You take a friend along with you & also a map! Don’t forget to stay hydrated. That’s one very important thing to remember when you are experiencing the outdoors.