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Four Ways to Use Nature to Overcome Your Fear of Detours

The world of nature is filled with “detours.” The best part about being a “Detourist” is taking an unexpected detour in life, and catching the unexpected beauty along the way.

Four Ways to Intrude on Nature:

Eat Outside: You don’t need fancy picnic baskets or a farm to table meal – just move away from the kitchen table, pack up some dips, roasted vegetables and festive salads, and sit in the backyard or a neighborhood park.

Get Active Outside: You don’t need to go on a camping trick, or seek out the steepest mountain biking trails.  Take a nature walk.  If there’s some spring in your step, take a little jog – or, i you’re completely uninhibited like me, hear a song in your heart and dance on the beach! I promise that no one is staring at your as much as you think they are!

Create Outside:  All it takes it a notebook and crayons – even one little pencil! Check out these seen simple ways to get in touch with your creative side – all of this can be done outside!

Breathe Outside: That’s right. Nature can naturally improve your health.  Breathe in Mother Nature, and instantly feel more relaxed and refreshed.  You can even think affirmations to yourself as you breathe in and out.

How have you intruded on nature today?

Using nature is a powerful tool to overcome fear.  Being in nature can give us perspective and remind us not to always get worried about the little things!

Let that fear transform who YOU are.  Let that fear be your compass on your beautiful detour.Fear is a valuable tool in a Detourist’s resiliency toolbox.

Watch my TEDx Talk on how I transformed my fear into more fuel to travel all of my very scary “detours…”

Remember – it’s the twists, turns and difficulties in your path that can transform you and your journey.  Those fears, hardships and detours are what makes you human and…YOU.

That’s why we share our stories.  We share our “detours” instead of running from them.  We share to cheer each other on in our journeys. We share to encourage our fellow Detourists to reach that beautiful clearing – perhaps a different one than they planned for themselves, but perhaps an even more beautiful sight to see.

Get out in nature, and you’ll be surprised at what you can discover!  Tag your travels with #LoveMyDetour!

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One Reply to “Four Ways to Use Nature to Overcome Your Fear of Detours”

  1. victoriad says:

    This is great advice, Amy. Some people look at detours in a negative way; the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the word is “oh great”. A detour for me is just a longer way to get to my destination, which immediately puts me in panic mode. However, your analogy of detour and what it means to you is a great euphemism and really inspiring; it makes me look at detours a lot different now.

    I could not agree more that nature is filled with detours. Nature is beyond beautiful and if you take a moment to let it all soak in, it can really give you a sense of appreciation for the small things life. Nature has a way of speaking to you and what it says is different for everyone, but more times than not, it sends uplifting messages.

    Thank you for sharing ways for us all to get outside and appreciate nature’s detours as we try to appreciate our own.


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