Punkaharju Autumn Relaxation

13.10.2016

Push “play”. At the same time when you listen to music and nature sounds, visualize that you’ re surrounded by autumn forest.

You’re driving a car, but because the weather is so beautiful, you decide to stop.

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You get out from the car, and breathe infresh autumn air deeply and peacefully. You see the lake, and how the sun beautifully shines through the golden leaves.

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Naturally, you find yourself walking closer to the water.

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Soon you notice that you are totally surrounded by the peace and beauty of nature.

You feel like you have entered a whole different world. Little by little your everyday hurries and worries fade a way from your mind.

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You feel how the burden on your shoulders moves away.

You look up and find yourself smiling. The life that just moment ago felt heavy, feels good now.

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Listen to the silence around you.

You feel how the calmness of your surroundings relaxes your body and mind.

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Look around. You see how the sun is slowly going down. The moment feels meaningful.

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You breathe.

And you decide to rest awhile in this beautiful autumn moment.

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I wanted to visualize you this stop at Punkaharju ridge area that me and the children were able to experience a week ago.

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Nature visualization is a thing that I use if I feel anxious or stressed. I did that, for example, this summer when I was just about to go on the stage and I felt really nervous.

When I started practicing nature visualization, I remember, that first it felt silly and somehow artificial to do so. But as I continued, I noticed that it truly affected me in a positive way. Studies have shown that visualizing nature scenes, and even looking at pictures of nature have a calming and mood-lifting effect on people. They also felt more energetic after watching nature photos.

So, I warmly recommend trying nature visualization next time you find yourself stressed or anxious. Think about some good moment that you have experienced in nature.

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In the following 360 video, you can come to sit next to me and experience this autumn stop in a little different way. You also hear what I was thinking when I was admiring the setting sun.

You can watch this 360° video on mobile by opening this https://youtu.be/IwBKMUA7yRs in your Youtube App or use Chrome/Firefox on the desktop.

If you want to experience these beautiful sceneries in real life, start your planning here. Punkaharju is a great destination for all seasons!

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