Surprisingly, we got our first snow yesterday in Helsinki so I figured with a friend that what would be a better way to enjoy the snow than visiting a winter wonderland? Today we went early in the morning to walk around Lammassaari in Helsinki. It is crazy how we traveled only for about 20 minutes but felt like we were in a completely different world once we got there. Everything was so peaceful and quiet, trees were covered with snow and only a few people were wandering around the island besides us. The only noise was snow creaking under our shoes.
Spending about 2 hours just walking around, listening to the silence and taking some beautiful photos made me very relaxed and happy. Being surrounded by the hustle of a big city makes us easily forget the nature and the stress-shooting effect it has- Sometimes the only way to remind us of the beautiful world we live in, is to go and explore it.
At least once a week I try to go out walking somewhere a little remote, where I can just wander around, unwind and be alone with my thoughts. It is proved, how even thirty minutes spent in nature releases stress and increases happiness. Walking around and taking it easy in peace and quiet really makes a difference and is a great way to balance life. This fall my aim has been to take more time just to myself, and instead of being very busy all the time or working out by going for a quick and exhausting run, I have dedicated time to go for long walks and to do calm flow yoga sessions. Interestingly, after leaving my usual HIIT-workouts and long runs, I feel more energetic and fitter than I’ve felt in a long time. I’m not saying everyone should stop going for runs or doing their tough workouts if they really enjoy them, but everyone should rather think what kind of exercise makes them happy and helps them to release stress.
After we felt like we had enjoyed the winter wonderland enough, we decided to start our weekend by making some rice porridge, tasting a new kind of glögi (a traditional Finnish christmas drink) as well as by nibbling on some traditional Christmas chocolates. I think it is a very Finnish thing to go crazy about Christmas two months beforehand, no matter if we yet have had the first snow or not.