Anxiety Deconstructed, in Nature

It is so easy to be my friend sometimes.

As my friend you may say, “How are you ever stressed when you work outdoors amongst Nature? Even if you are, a walk in the woods should sort you out!” That may be right, but not all the time.

I’m a believer of Nature’s healing properties and how a walk in the woods can calm your heart and clear your thoughts. I’m also aware that bad feelings arise in our fragile moments and that’s when we project our very human selves.

The mind is an amazing dimension. It breathes, lives and processes information. And for some people our thoughts are the core of how we would like our brain, cells and genes to work by transmitting chemical messages. Thus when we do expose ourselves to negativity the mind then believes and actions the negative.

I find that as I get older, I tend to overthink a bit more. This creates worry and I overanalyse every worry which then results in feelings of anxiety. This vicious cycle plays very sneakily on the mind and that’s when I begin to doubt myself. Having been through lots to get to where I am now, I have had my fair share of dark moments, where I’ve felt like the entire world was against me; like going through failed job interviews, I try and try and hit rock bottom, then pick myself up and try and try again.

It’s when you level with yourself and you realise the only way to get to where you’d like to be, is to keep focused on your passions and why you do it. My driving instructor from my younger days used to say this, and I still follow this ethos in everything I do today.

“It’s how much you want it.”

One day I woke up and thought, I’m not letting anything or anyone stop my quest for learning and loving trees, not even my ‘monkey mind’. So I REALLY picked myself up and forged a vision for my path ahead, keeping my spirits up and my mind focused. I started seeing signs which affirmed that feeling in my gut – that I’m doing the right thing – and connecting with people on the same frequency as I am. Although I’m still looking for the right opportunity, I believe that my drive is infectious and my focus, determined. Throw Nature into the mix and you have a winning combination; a walk in the woods does wonders all the time.

If you are at a crossroads yourself, remember that nothing is impossible and it’s really how much you want it. It matters not how many steps you take, but your resilience to continue; keep going towards what you’re determined to achieve and listen to your gut instinct. Be inspired and live your dream.

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

Muhammad Ali

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