Nature's Stress Therapists Are Right Outside Your Window
In the average home, the windows are hard to open because they’re rarely opened. With air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter, windows almost seem like a useless accessory now.
That’s sad, because there are excellent therapists just outside your window waiting to help alleviate the stress that’s overcome you.
For less than ten dollars, you can get a bird feeder to place outside your home or office window.
Spend a few bucks a week on birdseed and you’ll be rewarded with a variety of birds stopping by for breakfast each morning.
If you add more seed in the afternoon, you’ll draw the early dinner crowd.
After awhile, you’ll be able to identify the birds by their unique songs. Even though these little birds work hard every day just to find food, water and safe shelter, they never fail to sing as if they didn’t have a care in the world.
As you listen to their songs, you begin to feel remarkably less stressed.
If you plant the right kind of flowers outside your window or bring in container plants, you’ll become a favorite attraction for butterflies.
They don’t make any noise so you have be alert to see them. Pay attention to their delicately colorful wings fluttering around outside your window.
If you remember biology class, those butterflies live only a few days but they make the most of every moment.
As you watch them, think what you would do if you only had a few days left in your life? What prevents you from doing those things now?
Nature’s play therapists are the squirrels.
They hop from branch to branch in the tree with reckless abandon. If they fall, they shake and get back up again. It seems that squirrels just want to have fun, but they have a serious side too.
Squirrels put away food first, but still find time to play. There’s a lesson for you. Get the work done but schedule time for your enjoyment also.
Have you ever seen a depressed squirrel? Maybe it because they have actually mastered the work-life balance that we all talk about.
A wasp nest isn’t something that you want to take up residence in your window sill, but if you can watch them from a distance the activity is amazing.
Wasps are not distracted from their task. They build the most amazing geometric nests with incredible precision.
And every wasp contributes to the job; none get to take the day off while there is work to do. Wasps are focused on the finished product, never stopping to whine about the process.
If you have a dog that plays in the yard, watch how the dog interacts with the environment.
Whether chasing butterflies, barking at an intruding cat or rolling in the grass, your dog’s playtime is pure pleasure and a delight to view.
So pull back those curtains, get some window cleaner and rearrange your chair to take advantage of nature’s therapists outside your window.
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