7 tips for walking mini time-outs

Back To Nature

We meditate during our lunch break. Go to the yoga class in the evening. And outside these conscious moments? Nowadays, one in two run around the world with a smartphone in their hand and barely perceive their environment outside the display.

At the same time mindfulness has become a natural part of our everyday lives. So also take the time to go out into nature to descend, switch off and restart. Just stand consciously in the forest and “see the forest in front of all the trees” – whether on a short Sunday walk, a hiking tour on holiday or a sabbatical.

 1. Take a deep breath and take a break

Pausieren und Durchatmen © TMV/Timo Roth

Pausieren und Durchatmen © TMV/Timo Roth

Just close your eyes during your next break and place your hand on your stomach. Breathe deeply through your nose into your stomach and let the air flow into you. Consciously absorb the soothing aroma of nature and slowly exhale through your mouth. Certain nerve paths are stimulated to relax.

Tip: The earthy forest aroma develops particularly intensively in the morning and evening hours when the fog has settled or after a refreshing rain shower. Draw your attention to your surroundings and you will be able to smell the moss, bark and damp grass around you.

 

 2. Barefoot are the new Chucks

Barfuß am Ostseestrand © TMV/Ehn (Jack Wolfskin)

Barfuß am Ostseestrand © TMV/Ehn (Jack Wolfskin)

It couldn’t be more relaxed and original than walking barefoot and feeling the sand on the beach, the grass on the meadow or the natural ground in the forest. Consciously watch your steps and perceive everything under your feet. The body immediately absorbs the new, unfamiliar stimuli and promotes body perception and blood circulation.

Tip: The “Path of leisure and knowledge” (german page) offers a beautiful route for barefoot forest and beach walks.

 

 3. Silent news in a different way – listen to the silence and listen to the nature

Hinsetzen und der Natur lauschen © TMV/Timo Roth

Hinsetzen und der Natur lauschen © TMV/Timo Roth

Away from the noise level of the big city and out into nature. Sit down for a moment. Listen into the forest, listen to the sound of the sea or hear the chirping of birds. Watch out for the surroundings and maybe you can hear the rustling of a deer in the bushes, the snoring of a hedgehog in the undergrowth or the chirping of the crickets on the meadow. If you listen carefully, you can even hear the wind.

 

 4. Become a con man

Steinmännchen © TMV/S.H.Witzel

Steinmännchen © TMV/S.H.Witzel

What you are (consciously) denied in everyday life, you should try out during a mini time-out – imposting or even building cairns. The stones stacked on top of each other in the form of small towers used to be signposts. Today they are rather a sign of the connection of hikers to nature. They can be found on beaches or along the roadside – usually in particularly beautiful places in nature.
Now it’s your turn – build your own cairn. Keeps calm and serenity when stacking. If the turret collapses, try to keep your balance and simply build a new one.

 

 5. Colourful instead of monotonous – or is less more?

Blauer Moorfrosch bei der Paarung © TMV/Steindorf-Sabath

Blauer Moorfrosch bei der Paarung © TMV/Steindorf-Sabath

It has already been proven that colours have a certain effect on our psyche. Before you start out on your hike decide on a colour and consciously draw your attention to this colour – maybe not necessarily green at the beginning then you will get an overload of stimuli. But you will see how often red or blue tones cross your path and which things you will observe that were not there before.

Tip: The “Sietower Wandelweg” (german page) offers a colourful hiking trail with floral splendour and animal diversity.

 

 6. Finding the middle and laying Nature-Mandalas

Ein Mandala aus Blüten © TMV/Andreas Duerst

Ein Mandala aus Blüten © TMV/Andreas Duerst

Mandalas are geometric forms and come from the ancient Indian and are called circle there. The mandalas are arranged around a center and bring with them their occupation. Collect stones, leaves, branches, shells and other things from nature on your tour. Take the small collectibles and put a mandala. This kind of activity brings peace and relaxation.

 

 7. Feel the power of the trees

Den Bäumen lauschen © TMV/Timo Roth

Den Bäumen lauschen © TMV/Timo Roth

Do you also have the feeling that you can breathe easy in the forest? This fresh, clean air and the calming atmosphere have a healing effect on the cardiovascular system as well as on stress and burnout according to science. It is therefore obvious that Heringsdorf on the island of Usedom is home to Europe’s first medicinal forest. So the perfect place to come down, take a deep breath and just stand in the forest and do yourself some good.

 

We hope we could give you a few tips to escape a bit from everyday life to strengthen the senses again and to finally let the view of the Smartphone roam again to the love of your fellow men. You can find more hiking tours and tips on our pages about hiking holidays.

Do you have any other tips, such as laughter yoga? Write them under this article!

 

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