The day started with cold water from the tap – this house is really something else… *insert eye roll emoji here*
And I thought, ‚what a crappy Monday‘ and ‚I hate cold showers‘ and ‚this house is terribly kept, the landlord is a freaking moron‘, but then I went on a very snowy forest walk and everything was fine again. Ah, the soothing power of „the outside“! I still think that we have heating and hot water failures far too often, but seriously, the forest is my favourite thing. If you haven’t noticed yet.
Since January 2014, the forest is my sanctuary. I’ve discovered it in a time when I wasn’t feeling well at all. In fact, I was pretty darn ill. The forest (and my best friend, who goes with me there) rescued me! That sounds so dramatic, but it is the truth. Removing myself from the city is one part of it. Experiencing the seasons is lovely. Breathing fresh air, what a privilege. And moving my body and exposing myself to the light feels rejuvenating every time. And being able to talk about anything with your best mate is the other big part of it. Since being a freelancer, our forest time is a definite constant in our weekly routine. We go there at least twice a week, or more, if our schedules allow it. In summer we run, in winter we walk. I often start my day with the forest and feel refreshed and ready for the day afterwards.
It takes time to enjoy the forest! At least 1 hour, in winter 1 and half. It’s an Internet free zone. I have the feeling of being „very present“. Taking time out of my day and starting my work day later is so worth it, when I have the forest to look forward to and the great effects of my mental wellbeing.
Do you have „a forest“? I feel that most people have a place where they go to recharge. It doesn’t have to be a forest, though. Where do you go and what do you do regularly that helps you cope with life? Please tell me! x
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