A Google search of “the benefits of a microadventure” will reveal a series of blogs (just like this), ideas, businesses and definitions all outlining the advantages of breaking your routine and escaping on an adventure for a short period of time.
The “Microadventure” is one of the best secret weapons for the modern man/woman in our busy 21st Century. The concept of packing a light bag, tent and slipping off into the wilderness for a day or two seems like a burden to some. A small getaway is probably the most beneficial practice when it comes to clearing the mind, healing the body and rejuvenating the soul in preparation for the following week of productivity.
When we plan extended trips overseas or across country, it usually requires loads of preparation in advance, special arrangements with work, family, friends, and all the necessary travel plan details. Such a structured process can often remove some of the magic and spontaneity from the journey – in my opinion, the two most important elements!
Why not add short, intermittent adventures to your annual adventure calendar as well? If you’re anything like me, penciling in vacations throughout the year can motivate you in your daily grind. The light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t have to be a month long voyage. Sometimes less is more.
When we remove ourselves from the suburban light, noise and mobile phone reception, something amazing happens. Take your shoes off, walk in a stream, stare at the horizon and unwind. It’s one of the healthiest practices, essentially getting back to your roots and allowing your senses to reconnect with their ACTUAL surroundings.
Most of us live in a box, completely disconnected with nature and the world outside. It’s amazing what happens to the body and mind when you re-visit the natural world around you! Take a short 12 -24 hour period to log off your Facebook account (let your mind capture the photographs and selfies) and disappear from the hustle and bustle of society… You’ll thank yourself for the experience!
There are endless scientific studies into the positive effects nature has on our health. Evidence of the psychological & physiological benefits of nature has been documented over the years in several studies, including:
-Stress reduction (Ulrich, 1983)
-The relationship between trees and human health (Journal of preventative medicine, 2013)
-How Cities Use Parks To Improve Public Health (American Planning Association)
The list goes on and on… But you get the picture!
Do yourself a favor, book a date with nature, switch off your devices, pitch a tent and do less… A lot less.