Be Well

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Connecting with nature can help you be well, that is increase your vitality and give you a greater sense of well-being. According to John Swartzberg, M.D. at UC Berkeley: All it takes is five to 20 minutes in nature to boost mood and energy levels somewhat, though longer forays produce greater benefits. Other studies indicate that there’s a “third-day effect”—a special stage of relaxation and mindfulness that occurs after a couple days of hiking. So…

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”    —John Muir

I love climbing the uneven rocks and boulders and getting around the gnarly tree roots on mountain trails. I crave this stuff. This is the most beautiful time of year to be in Florida, but my mind often wanders to the restorative environment of the mountains, the crisp air and hiking trails.