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5 Outdoor Activities that Will Improve Your Sense of Calm and Focus

13 March 2020

As a modern business woman, you have your sights set on the future, your career, your company, and your long-term goals. But you also have to take care of yourself if want to be consistent, avoid burning out, and preserve your passion for your calling. After all, there’s only so much time you can spend chasing your entrepreneurial dreams before you start feeling the weight of your responsibilities slowing you down. Once you burn out, it can be hard to get back to your normal, go-getter self.

So, the best thing to do is to find the time to adopt some healthy hobbies, and most importantly, to get out of the office. Today, we are going over the five best outdoor activities that will improve your sense of calm, elevate your focus, and help you feel better inside and out.

Practice yoga at the park

It’s well-known by now that yoga boasts numerous health benefits for the body as well as the mind, and while it is true that you can work your way through several asanas whether you are at home or at work, there is just something pure and restorative about practicing yoga under the clear blue sky. Luckily, we get plenty of that here in Oz, so you might as well grab your yoga mat and hit the park bright and early. 

Practicing yoga early in the morning as the dawn begins to break is a wonderful way to clear your mind of any anxiety or stress, and to set yourself up for a productive day imbued with peace but also strength and unrelenting resolve. Plus, yoga is great physical workout!

Run or jog all by yourself

Running can be a social activity, and indeed oftentimes it should be, but sometimes the best thing you can do is to put on your running shoes and hit the tarmac all on your own. You can go out for a morning run to get the same benefits we mentioned before, or you can even go out for a run on your midday break if you’re looking to clear your head and re-energize your body and mind for the rest of the workday. In fact, this could very well be one of the small yet powerful changes you make to your routine that will make all the difference, especially if you often feel like you’re burning out somewhere around lunchtime.

Have a weekly round of golf

At first glance, gold might seem like a man’s game, an idea perpetrated by the mainstream media and Hollywood, but in reality there is a good reason why business leaders love golfing so much – and it’s not just because the golf course is a great place to broker a deal. Ask any successful business leader, and they will tell you that golfing is a deeply calming and rejuvenating experience, one that challenges you physically while bringing emotional and physiological clarity.

The beautiful thing about golf is that it’s not intuitive like running, rather, you have to learn the movements and have the right golf accessories on hand to help you master the game. This is just the right amount of effort that forces you to keep progressing no matter what you do in life, but also helps you unwind and enjoy the rewards of your hard work. It’s just what a go-getter business leader like yourself needs.

Go on a nature hike

The great outdoors is the best place to spend some quality time with yourself, and just soak in the natural world around you. This is quite different from going on a run, or doing yoga in the park, because visiting nature should be an extended escapade, so best reserve these types of excursions for the weekends. While you’re trekking over the mountains or camping somewhere near a shimmering waterfall, you want to detach yourself from the busy city life, but you also want to utilize the calming setting to set your professional and personal goals, reflect on your life, and take a journey inward to assess your current emotional health.

Spend some time reading in the park

And finally, when you have the time, you can just simply hop over to the park on your break, find a relatively quiet spot, and just read. Reading is something that not many busy people get around to, yet it can do wonders for your psychological and emotional health, and it can definitely help you unwind and regain your daily zeal. It’s important that you put your phone on silent while you’re reading, or better yet, leave it at the office, because you want to truly detach yourself from technology, just for a little while.

Wrapping up

In this hectic modern world, we women need to find ways to unwind and regain our sense of inner peace and tranquillity. Let these outdoor activities help you rejuvenate your body and your mind, and allow you to reach new heights of success.