This article was published in April 2021 on EddieBauer.com via their content series: The Elements of Adventure with Matt Walker – the original piece can be found here.
Learning How to Reset
Building your mindfulness skillset
It’s safe to say that pandemic life has been a rollercoaster. I have found myself cranky, irritable, restless, anxious, and have had difficulty concentrating.
I’ve discovered that one of the easiest ways to bust a bad mood is to get outside and be active. Moving my body increases my heart rate, helps me breathe deeper, and shifts my perspective by changing my surroundings. After spending time outdoors, I feel like a completely different person. I feel lighter, I can think more clearly, and my world is more vibrant.
Why? What happens when we spend time outdoors?
The evidence is clear that spending consistent time in nature improves your outlooks, mood, and sense of physical wellbeing.
How much time is enough?
Recent research points to 20 – 30 minutes, three days a week, as the easiest way to reset your perspective.
How can you begin incorporating mindfulness resets into your busy schedule?
We challenge you to block off three 20-minute intervals on your calendar for the next two weeks. Treat these times as committed appointments and we will provide a community of support to help you stay committed.
Let’s do this experiment together – tag yourself using #EBElementsOfAdventure and let’s see how we can collectively shift our moods and benefit from finding ourselves outside.