So I was flipping through one of my favorite books, Blue Mind, when I was reminded of something that always hits me so hard:
We experience the same physiological stress response to things like getting a bill in the mail and constantly being "always on" as we do encountering a lion in the Serengeti.
The constant stress we feel of being "on" actually leads to memory problems, poor judgment, anxiety attacks, nervous habits, depression, loss of sex drive, autoimmune diseases, and an overreliance on alcohol and drugs for relaxation.
Yeah... It's rough out there.
BUT! That doesn't mean we can't do anything about it.
"Focused time in nature activates other parts of our brains, giving our fatigued frontal lobe [associated with executive function, cognitive control, and supervisory attention] a break. Areas of our brain associated with emotions, pleasure, and empathy can now take over, providing a calming influence that is measurable in brain scans and blood tests alike."
This "focused time in nature" is one of the core components of our Baja EcoWarrior Retreat.
Disconnecting to reconnect, as we like to call it.
Without the constant stresses of email, social media, and even things like noise pollution, we're able to become centered in ourselves, and deeply connect with our inner and outer world - all while dipping our toes in water, eating tacos, and swimming with whale sharks.
It's SO much more than a Mexican vacation.
It's based in science and practiced through joy.
Registration for this year's Baja EcoWarrior Retreat closes in just one week.
Will you join us?
📸: Vermilion Sea Institute