Welcome to the day before Thanksgiving! The holidays are officially upon us... actually, it seems as though they've been upon us for at least a few weeks now, as the holiday commercials, junk mail, advertisements, and garish red and green store displays have been with us for at least that long. The holidays and the accompanying stress and frenzy they bring seem to be arriving earlier and earlier each year, thanks to the retailers that want us to begin Christmas shopping before we've even polished off the last of our Halloween candy.
One way to find respite from overwhelming holiday stress is to simply step outside. Look out the window. Go for a walk. Find a peaceful and serene scene in nature and drink it in. Breathe in the fresh air and "unplug" from the Black Friday commercials blaring on the television, escape the frozen turkey floating in your bathtub and the bags of groceries demanding to be transformed into a feast for family and friends.
I came across the photo below and chose it for this week's Nature Nerd Wednesday because of its beautiful simplicity and serenity - two qualities that can be difficult to come by this time of year!
|"Sunlight" by Janez Tolar|
A brisk hike is hard to beat for its stress-busting (and Thanksgiving calorie-burning!) benefits. For those of us in Washington State, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission highlights great hiking opportunities on their Adventure Awaits site, many of which are conveniently located close to the Puget Sound area. I've already added several hikes to my list, and just the thought of getting out into the great outdoors has rejuvenated my spirit!