How often do you feel tired, worn out, or even frustrated with the way your life is going?
Maybe you're putting in too many hours at work, or perhaps your work-life balance is so skewed you don't know where one begins, and the other one ends.
The past two years have been a long stretch, and if you feel like you're on the edge of burnout and need a drastic change of scenery, we've got a great idea; head out on a grand outdoor adventure.
Here are a few fantastic benefits to stepping back from the norm and taking an adventure in the great outdoors:
1. Promotes Digital Detoxing
When was the last time you flipped the off switch on your phone, tossed it in your bag, and reveled in the fact that you were unreachable, if only for a few days?
Taking a screen break can lessen anxiety, help lower your blood pressure and give your tired eye and busy brain the quiet time it desperately needs.
Whether you're on a peaceful horseback riding trip into the Grand Canyon or catching up on some reading on the tranquil shores of Lake Placid in Upper New York, unplugging for a few days is always worth a few missed texts.
2. Encourages Clarity and Focus
How much time do you think you'll have to think about that project sitting on your work desk when you're at full gallop, driving ahead of cattle somewhere between the Sierra Madre mountains and the staggering, beautiful Medicine Bow Forest? Experiencing life on a working Dude Ranch in Wyoming is just one way to re-teach yourself to be focused and be clear on your life objectives. Plus, a little adrenaline is usually effective in helping to snap us back to the present.
3. Help Us Be More Mindful
You probably keep hearing this term a lot lately, but what does it mean exactly? Being mindful means to be present, to be aware, and to be in an intentional state of consciousness.
Often in our lives, we get caught up in the melodrama of our work, other people, and our families. Sometimes, we need to take time out.
Escaping to exotic destinations like Lānaʻi in Hawaii where you can spend a week connecting with nature, learning to meditate, and nourishing your body could have a profoundly positive impact on the way you take life on when you get home.
4. Gives You a Vitamin D Hit
A study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic found that an estimated 42% of Americans are vitamin D deficient!
If ever you've needed a reason to get yourself booked on a sunny outdoor adventure, let that one be at the top of your list.
A thrilling jaunt through the Florida Everglades, a hike through Yosemite National Park in California, or a sand-boarding session in Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado would all be fantastic destinations to soak up a little extra sunshine.
5. The Outdoors Promote Healing
Whether you're on the mend from an injury, trying to cope with a loss, or perhaps just trying to find some peace away from the chaos, the great outdoors is a magic elixir.
For the adventurous traveler, a paddleboarding expedition against the backdrop of Alaska's evocative Glacier Bay could be exactly what the doctor ordered.
If it's a wellness-focused healing experience, a visit to Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas may be more your speed.
Venturing outside will undoubtedly have positive short-term and long-term effects on your overall health and well-being, but most importantly, you will enjoy your time away. While you'll likely notice an immediate difference in your mood and energy level and many changes in your health as the benefits tend to occur gradually.
Remember that no matter how you stay active outdoors, make sure that your actions follow the Leave No Trace principles to preserve nature for future generations.
We'd love to help you find an outdoor adventure that best suits your needs. Reach out to us today to design your adventure getaway!