Chances are, everyone at some point in their adult life, has felt drained for one reason or another. You know that feeling you get when you’re just not on your “A” game? Maybe your job is really busting your hump or perhaps you’re in a relationship that is stressful or maybe your personal “to-do list” is just not getting done. Whatever it is that takes you off balance, getting back on can often be a difficult thing to do. Generally when it happens to me I use a variety of techniques to counteract it and last weekend I discovered another, less obvious but equally effective, way to get refueled.
It only took a trip to Longwood Botanical Gardens with a few great girlfriends to recharge my battery. If you’re thinking “how can walking through a massive garden recharge anyone’s battery” trust me, it can. We started out by having a yummy brunch at a local diner, then we proceeded to the botanical garden. The weather was magnificent, sunny and not a cloud in the sky. We walked and talked and walked some more. But what really made the experience a “battery recharger” was the stimulation of all our senses.
Our sight was stimulated by the vibrant colors of all the unusual flowers in the garden and the sound of the wind blowing through the trees coupled with the running waterfall, instantly put us all in a place of calm. As we walked we found ourselves taking in the texture of our environment by touching the petals of these beautiful plants. When we entered the conservatory we were treated to a display of the most fragrant plants and flowers that contribute to modern day perfumery. And finally we indulged our taste buds by stopping in the café nestled quietly above a field of playful waterfalls and treating ourselves to peach and raspberry ice cream.
By the time we hopped back in the car to start our journey back home it was obvious that the trip rejuvenated all of us. Something about breathing in that fresh air and stimulating all our senses brought about a feeling of balance and newfound energy. It was a dose of aromatherapy, color therapy and aerobic exercise all in one. We all couldn’t stop talking about what projects and unfinished tasks we were going to tackle once we got back home.
So the next time you’re feeling drained and off your “A” game, try taking a time out to walk a botanical garden and let nature naturally take it’s course….