SAVOUR THE DAY: A daily 20-minute walk is good for the body and the mind.
SAVOUR THE DAY: A daily 20-minute walk is good for the body and the mind. ThinkStock

Tune out to tune into your body, nature

TAKE 20 minutes out of your life schedule every day for a week to step it out and tune on into the beauty of your everyday surroundings.

Scientists from the Greater Good Science Centre at the University of California in Berkeley are recommending setting yourself a goal of 20 minutes to take a walk outside by yourself every day for a week.

Too often the day becomes a series of activities that flow into each, and sometimes on top of each other, without us stopping to savour the special moments every day has if you just let them touch you at least once.

A walk outside will be good for both your physical and mental health.

Walking by yourself isn't necessarily anti-social; it can provide you with a few moments in the day to clear your mind of daily stresses.

You could even leave your mobile phone and headphones behind, just for 20 minutes of pleasant, quiet exercise.

Here's a few more tips from the scientists -

  • Try to stick to this schedule, unless the weather is extremely bad.
  • You can still do this exercise in a light rain, provided you have a decent umbrella and rain jacket.
  • As you walk, try to notice as many positive things around you as you can. These can be sights, sounds, smells, or other sensations. For example, you could focus on the breathtaking height of a tree you never really noticed before, the intricate architecture of a building on your block, the dance of sunshine off a window or puddle, the smell of grass or flowers, or the way other people look out for each other as they navigate crowded streets.
  • As you notice each of these positive things, acknowledge each one in your mind, don't just let them slip past you.
  • Pause for a moment as you hear or see each thing and make sure it registers with your conscious awareness, really take it in. Try to identify what it is about that thing that makes it pleasurable to you.
  • Try to walk a different route each day so you don't become too accustomed to any of these things and start to take them for granted.

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