• Angela Joyce


Rock climbing. Sky diving. Driving out to the middle of nowhere, setting up camp, and staring at the stars.

I love watching all that crap on TV, don’t you? Living vicariously through the boob tube. How much is your cable bill? I bet if you added up all the money you spent on Comcast and Hulu, you would have enough money in your piggy bank to take that trip you always wanted to go on.


Those pictures you scroll through on your Instagram… that guy who looks so happy. That girl you wish you could trade places with. You’re probably looking at a picture of someone sitting on a beach or standing on top of a mountain. You’re not looking at a picture of someone sitting in front of their computer screen with a cold bud light in their hand, staring blankly into the abyss.

Look up from your phone.


Are you bored? Is something missing? Are you unfulfilled? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Lost? Need another refill on your prescription?


Fresh air, sunshine, and physical activity are scientifically proven to improve your quality of life and your overall mental health. Solving natural challenges posed by a wilderness environment helps us better understand our own lives and the world around us.

Go climb a mountain. Go sailing. Get lost in the woods. Bonfire, anyone? Wander. Explore. Open your eyes. Take a look around. Live in the moment. Disrupt the mundane patterns in your daily life. Disconnect from your phone. Focus on yourself and what you’re doing in this moment. Block out the chaos around you. Listen to your own voice.

Walking in the woods lowers blood pressure and levels of cortisol (aka the stress hormone). Spending time outside reduces mental fatigue and stress. It helps with migraines. It combats depression and anxiety.


Einstein once said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Yup. Depressed, stressed out, overwhelmed idiots paying $200/month for a cable bill and spending an average of ten minutes outside per day. That’s us. Generation ABC, XYZ, FOX, and E!

White noise. Busy signals. Traffic jams. Technical difficulties.

Inside, you are literally confined into a box. This is suffocating. You are fenced in. Being caged inside increases the selfish gene. It triggers survival instincts. This de-emphasizes the importance of relationships and of human connection. Outside, the further you go past the confines of your concrete jungle, the more you will find yourself living in the moment. Being spontaneous.

Your senses awakened.


Smell the rain. Take a walk around the block. Ruin your favorite shoes stomping around in puddles. Nature is the brain’s magic medicine. It makes you feel a certain kind of way. Clear your mind. Get grounded. Experience the effects of living your life.


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