Embrace the Healing Power of Nature

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Elevate your legal game by stepping into the great outdoors.


I’m writing this from the patio at our AirBNB in Florida as our family wraps up a little “snow-bird” trip from frost-bitten Minnesota to balmy southern Florida! 

My family is still asleep, so I’m sitting outside, coffee cup in hand, thinking of you and zipping out this note before we pack up and head to the airport. My heart is full, my skin is sunkissed, and I’ve internally bottled up enough sun and warmth to make it through the rest of the Minnesota winter (at least, I hope so!).

Yesterday afternoon, my family was lounging by the pool at our little house, and I was the only one who wanted to head to the beach. The sight of the ocean and the sound of the waves are so deeply soothing and magical to me. I couldn’t leave Florida without enjoying a couple more hours of beach time. (And the joy of teenage kids is that they don’t need you to tend to them while they read by the pool with Dad doing the same thing.)

So, I enjoyed some incredible solitary time on the beach under the sunny sky. Part of the time, I read a book. Part of the time, I journaled. And part of the time, I walked in the sand, letting the waves lap over my feet and ankles. 

It made me think about how we go about our typical days. Being a lawyer or legal professional often means long hours hunched over desks and immersed in the world of cases, briefs, projects, and deadlines. The hustle and bustle of our sedentary profession can take a toll on both our minds and bodies.

In my work, there are many tools and strategies I share to help lawyers and legal professionals boost their overall well-being, increase their performance, and ease the stress that can come with their legal careers.

One of my favorites - walking in nature, and January 20th happens to be “Take a Walk Outdoors Day.”

“Take A Walk Outdoors Day” is a day dedicated to encouraging us all to step outside and immerse ourselves in the natural world, if only for a little while. This day highlights the physical and mental advantages of taking a walk in natural surroundings, and it's particularly relevant for those of us who spend most of our time behind desks and in courtrooms, conference rooms, and cranking away under fluorescent lights.

Nature has an incredible ability to lift our spirits, reduce anxiety, and enhance our performance. For lawyers and legal professionals who often deal with high-stress situations, this natural therapy can be a real game-changer.

Physical and Mental Health Perks for Peak Performance

But it's not just about a pleasant walk; there are genuine physical and mental health benefits that can directly impact your performance. 

Let's dive into some of them:

Optimized Cardiovascular Health: A profession like law that keeps you desk-bound can sometimes lead to health issues, potentially impacting your performance. Regular outdoor walks can give your heart a boost by improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, and enhancing overall cardiovascular function.

Stress-Busting for Clearer Thinking: Legal work can be seriously stress-inducing. Walking in nature triggers the release of endorphins, those feel-good hormones that help alleviate stress. Plus, it dials down the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, leaving you with a sense of calm and mental clarity that can significantly improve your performance.

Igniting Creativity for Innovative Solutions: Nature has a knack for sparking creativity. As a legal professional, you'll find that a walk in the great outdoors can help you approach problems with fresh perspectives and come up with innovative solutions. This boost in creative thinking can be a game-changer in your performance.

Sharper Focus for Enhanced Productivity: Nature walks have been shown to boost cognitive function and concentration. So, when you return to your legal tasks after a stroll, you're likely to do so with a clearer mind and heightened focus, leading to improved productivity and performance.

Sound Sleep for Peak Daily Performance: Many lawyers and legal professionals struggle with sleep disturbances due to the demands of their profession. Regular outdoor walks can work wonders for your sleep quality, ensuring you wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day's challenges with optimal performance.

Next Steps (Pardon the Pun!) 

As legal professionals, we understand how crucial it is to maximize our performance, and we all want to enjoy a deeper sense of well-being. So, on “Take A Walk Outdoors Day,” embrace the healing power of nature to help you feel better and perform better. 

Take a walk in your favorite outdoor spot, whether it's a serene forest, a scenic park, a peaceful beach (me yesterday), or around a frozen lake (me tomorrow). Feel the immediate impact it can have on your mental and physical well-being, which translates directly to improved performance.

Nature's Gift to Elevate Our Performance and Well-Being

In the hustle and bustle of the legal world, it's easy to forget the simple yet profound benefits of spending time in nature. “Take A Walk Outdoors Day” is a gentle reminder that nature is a powerful ally to help you excel personally and professionally. As legal professionals, you can tap into its healing power to optimize cardiovascular health, reduce stress, boost creativity, sharpen your focus, and ensure you're at your peak daily.

As you navigate the complexities of your legal career, take a moment to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and let nature work its wonders. 

Your well-being and performance will thank you for it, giving you the edge you need to excel at work and in life!

Wishing you all the very best!