As much as I love my family and friends, sometimes I need to get out into nature for a little alone time. Today my husband suggested he take our son to a friend’s sixth birthday party, so that I could go out for a hike. Hm… birthday party with ten or more kids, spun out on sugary foods, running around an indoor play facility or some quiet time hiking out in a pretty place? No contest. I went for a hike.
In addition to the benefits the physical activity of hiking provides, the solitary time in nature gives me even more. I usually return home from a solo hike feeling more relaxed, more focused, more energized, and more clear-headed. I know I’m a more patient, more present mother and wife after these outings. My walk today provided all of these benefits. I’m feeling emotionally grounded, ready to take on the week to come.
I love my husband!