~Mindful Nature Walk~
Next, we are going to combine the benefits of mindfulness with the benefits of spending time outside. Research has proven spending time outside has positive impacts on the brain, sort of decluttering your thoughts, and allowing you to focus better.
Here's what to do:
As you walk around, pay attention to how your body feels.
Notice how your legs, feet and arms feel with each step you take.
Feel your foot making contact with the earth with each step you take.
Notice your breath.
If your thoughts take over, gently refocus on your body in contact with the earth.
Now using your sense of sight, notice what's going on around you. Focus on the details.
Using your nose, notice anything you may smell.
Does the smell remind you of anything?
Is there any sensation in your mouth as you're smelling the air?
Using your sense of touch, notice your feel feeling the earth.
If your thoughts take over, acknowledge them and then gently refocus on your senses and your surroundings.
After the desired time for your Mindful Nature Walk has ran out, document the way it made you feel. You can take a picture of the things you noticed, or reflect on what made you notice them.
For this assignment, you can upload any pictures you take, record a video of yourself describing the things you noticed, or write a short reflection on how you felt before and after your nature walk.