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We all wish to succeed in life… that’s a given.  But why is it that we continue to seek the latest life hack, productivity app or think that sacrificing sleep is the fast track answer?  When in fact, one of the most affordable activities with the highest ROI is all around us.

Nature.

And the perfect antidote to all your day to day grind of all work and no play is to schedule yourself a quick weekend getaway.  Now let me emphasize the importance of that second word… getaway.

I’m talking about all the way “away.”  Not just up the road to a local park or botanical garden.  Nope… we’re talking out in the bush type stuff. Real trees, brisk fresh air and the language of wildlife carrying on the wind.

For some of you, your spot might be frolicking among the palm trees alongside the ocean.  For others it’s knee deep in fresh powdered snow. And still some of you will ache for the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney NSW. (Right where Happy Buddha Retreats calls home.)

Okay now that you get the gist of embracing your own weekend getaway in nature, what type of benefits might you expect?  Stacks of studies have been piling up over the years, and they tend to highlight these key invigorating and healing effects.

Boosts immune system
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces stress
Improves mood
Increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
Accelerates recovery from surgery or illness
Increases energy level
Improves sleep

Check out this doozy from the website for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation…

“Spending time around trees and looking at trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and improves mood. Numerous studies show that both exercising in forests and simply sitting looking at trees reduce blood pressure as well as the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline.”

Did you catch that?

Just by being out in nature around trees can do more good for us than most common medications.  Plus minus all those nasty potential side effects. Okay but if you’re a “high performer” A-type personality, you still might need more convincing on how it creates more tangible results.  Well here you go overachievers.

Again from the same website…

“Spending time in nature helps you focus. Our lives are busier than ever with jobs, school, and family life. Trying to focus on many activities or even a single thing for long periods of time can mentally drain us, a phenomenon called Directed Attention Fatigue.

Spending time in nature, looking at plants, water, birds and other aspects of nature gives the cognitive portion of our brain a break, allowing us to focus better and renew our ability to be patient.”

So once again, time in nature, even for 3 short days during a weekend getaway can significantly allow you to hit the reset button.  Which can then allow you to take your focus and productivity to an even higher level of achievement.

Isn’t it beyond time for you to step back from the hustle and bustle of city livin’ and enjoy the simple bliss of being outdoors?

Treat yourself to a weekend getaway that allows you to fully experience the wonder of nature and helps you to return home with a renewed charge to tackle your future.