Tonight on my Insta-story I talked about a gratitude challenge. If you missed it, that's ok because if you're reading this I want to give YOU the same challenge! ha ha you're welcome for this screen shot of my wonkey face...100% of my followers are up for the 1st of my 4 Week Gratitude Challenge...are you?
This time of year all of the gratitude posts start to fill our social media feeds. I am sure we can agree to welcome ALL of them this year after seeing so many terrible things happening in the world.
This is a photo contest that I participated in 2014...have you done something like this?
Well the challenge I have for you is something like this...but I want you to take a walk. (Ha it sounds SO much better than someone telling you to 'take a hike' right?)
3 Reasons to take a walk!
Being outside for this challenge is important. While I understand it is snowing already for some of you...bundle up and take a short walk. For those of us in Arizona, we welcome this time of year with lengthy walks!
1. Being in nature decreases stress.
A 2010 study published in Environmental Health & Preventive Medicine, for example, found that participants who walked in a nature and touched the grass and leaves had lower blood pressure and levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) afterwards than those who strolled through city sidewalks.
2. Nature makes you happier!
I'm not saying you have to rough it, or go camping, or even be outside for extended periods of time. Studies show that when we spend 20 minutes outside we become happier.
3. Nature reduces fatigue and increases creativity.
We use our brains to multitask— ALL DAY LONG. When we set time aside to go on a walk, without all of our gadgets, we are actually letting our brain relax and recover.
David Strayer, a researcher at the University of Utah says, “We are seeing changes in the brain and changes in the body that suggest we are physically and mentally more healthy when we are interacting with nature.”
Ok, now we know WHY we should take a walk, here is when I give you the challenge for the first week of my 4 Week Gratitude Challenge!
Go for a 20 minute walk and start listing the things you are grateful for. See how far you actually go and how deep of gratitude you can reach!
I did this tonight and it was amazing the things that just FLOODED after the first few minutes of saying things like, "I'm grateful for the trees, those crickets that are outside (not in my bedroom), the clouds that look so cool." Before I knew it 30 minutes had passed and I was getting into deeper gratitude for so many things in my life. I'm not ashamed to admit I was crying at one point as gratitude overflowed from my heart.