Nature: How the Outdoors Impacts your Mind

by Seetal Dhaliwal

Poem and photo by Seetal Dhaliwal

I wrote this poem while I was on a trip in Banff National Park. The entire time, I was surrounded by trees, mountains and breathtaking views. I was blown away by nature’s beauty and how it gave me a sense of calmness. When I came back to Ottawa, I felt so relieved and ready to face any challenges. It’s interesting how one trip with nature can impact you to such an extent.

Red-winged blackbird on tree.

I felt the need to share my thoughts and to tell people what they may be missing out on. Soon after, I did what I generally do when I get these needs: I picked up my pencil and paper and began to write this poem. This same feeling also occurs whenever I go to Gatineau park. Being in nature seems to open up my mind and keeps my mind peaceful so, when I come into my city life, I’m ready to take on whatever is thrown at me.

It’s funny how being in these everlasting places benefits your mind and well-being so much, yet it’s always so hard to visit. There isn’t enough time people say, but I think it’s just an excuse. Need to find peace and feel connected to your life? Take a trip in the natural beauty of our planet.


Seetal Dhaliwal is a young Canadian photographer who loves taking pictures of nature, landscapes, and meaningful events. She believes that photography evokes emotion in people that words never would, and tends to focus more on the beautiful than the ugly. Her photos convey her perceptions of the world in her lens from dawn to dusk. All images in this post were taken by her, and more can be seen at her website: Dawn to Dusk.

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”   – Maya Angelou

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