Appreciate the World Around You

Stress Relief Tool – Appreciate the World Around You

A one-minute diversion will help your mind de-stress about your day ahead.

My wife Olga is a master of appreciation, and I am her avid student. Whether it is a sunset, a small chalk-written word on the ground, a heart-shaped rock, or any number of other things, she sees beauty all around us. She has taught me to be more aware of my surroundings, because that enhances my senses, and I am more likely to take notice of something amazing that life has to offer, even if it’s commonplace.

Remember that old saying “stop and smell the roses?” That’s what I’m suggesting here, even if it’s just for a minute or less. Don’t take for granted the view from your house/office, the sunshine on your face, or the flowers and trees blooming around you. You’ll notice that slowing down for this short activity will have a positive effect on your stress level.

I’m reminded of a quote from my all-time favorite cartoon strip – Calvin and Hobbes – where Hobbes says to Calvin:

We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.

So the next time you hop in your car, take one minute to notice the details of a tree, plant, the sky, or anything else that catches your attention. See if you can mentally note three details you like about that subject. That one-minute diversion will help your mind destress about your day ahead.


Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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