Quiet Pastimes

It’s Sunday night and I am reflecting on a weekend full of sunshine, warm weather and lots of outdoor activity. We spent many hours both days tackling a very adventurous backyard project that we have been working on for weeks.

Exhausted from yesterday’s grueling work, we both fell asleep on the sofa. So, when my husband woke this morning and said he was going to go fishing, my first thought was that I would sleep in while he was gone. But instead, I got dressed.

Nature is grounding……refreshing……connecting.

Even though we were outside in the yard for maybe 10 hours working the day before, when your yard is a fenced in box and you are shovelling never-ending piles of clay, it isn’t exactly calming. That real peaceful connection with nature is what you get from being in the woods, on the top of a mountain or near a babbling brook. So, I am going fishing too.

Fishing is a tranquil hobby (for me). You have to be quiet so as not to scare away the fish especially when standing on the bank of a river. But, something magical happens when you whisper, move intentionally and watch that lure flit across the river. A connection occurs between you and your surroundings which can actually HEAL you:

“Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.” ~ How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing

The outdoors have such an impact on us that they can actually reduce our stress which impacts your physical health! It makes so much sense to me because I understand my need to be outdoors, but not everyone may recognize it. Maybe for others they recognize that a view of the park out your window instead of a busy highway is stress reducing. Or maybe it’s the houseplants you have scattered around the home.

Whether it be pictures of mountain ranges or actually being barefoot in the park, find what heals, restores and refreshes you. Reducing stress is something we all need to manage for our mental and physical health.

Having that hour of being outdoors fishing meant that we were refreshed, focused and ready to tackle the next day of grueling work in the backyard. Progress and success.

Find your nature connection. It’s important to your health.

4 Comments on “Quiet Pastimes

  1. Ah, nature certainly does make a person relax and enjoy life. Fishing is a peaceful sport that I have enjoyed for years. Lovely post.

  2. Heather, thank you for your great piece on fishing. I think we all could use a greater connection to nature, and fishing is one of those connections. Personally, I prefer catch and release, but if an angler is going to eat what they catch, I’m not opposed.

    I’m going to share this post on my new blog, TheSuburbanForager.com. I found you through wordpress.com suggestions, and it was a good one!

    Chris Church
    The Suburban Forager

    • Thank you for your kind words Chris! I definitely look at fishing as a hobby (catch and release) or a way to provide your family with food. Sustainability and survival of the species and environment is always important to consider! I will check out your new blog! Sounds right up my alley. CONGRATULATIONS.

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