From a young age, you are told to stay present, focus on what's around you, and listen to the birds chirp. Today, it is hard to stay present when there are so many distractions, social media being one main cause. A perfect time to be present is in nature. Nature has a broad definition, it can mean green spaces like parks, mountains, trails, forests, and blue spaces like rivers and beaches.
Nature is a sanctuary for the soul. Being present in nature helps us connect with our inner selves. When we take time to appreciate the beauty of nature, we can feel more grounded and centred. The birds' sounds and the leaves rustling can help us forget our worries and focus on the present moment. In nature, we can find peace and tranquillity. By taking a walk in the woods or sitting by a river, we can recharge our batteries and find inspiration. It's important to take time to be present in nature, especially in today's fast-paced world.
Whether it's a quick walk in the park or a weekend camping trip, being in nature can help us feel more alive and connected to the world around us. So, the next time you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a deep breath and head outside. You might be surprised at how much better you feel.
There are many benefits to being in the moment, being a better listener, having less stress, and having a more positive mood.
You are surrounded by pure perfection, flowers, trees, animals, and the breeze that goes through your hair.
cheyenne boya
© cheyenne boya
Being present is key to mental health. It's important to take time to slow down and focus on the present moment. When we're constantly worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, it can take a toll on our mental health. Being present can reduce stress and anxiety, improve our mood, and feel more connected to the world around us.

One way to be present is to practice mindfulness meditation. This involves focusing on your breath and being aware of your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Another way to be present is to engage in activities that bring you joy, such as spending time in nature, reading a book, or spending time with loved ones. Whatever method you choose, being present is an important part of mental health and well-being
Being mindful involves awareness of what's going on around you, when you were last around nature did you listen to your surrounding and smell the fresh air around you?
Forty-five percent of people in the UK have stated that visiting green spaces, such as parks has helped them in the 2021 pandemic, thus helping their mental health.
These images were photographed by an amazing photographer and director, Cheyenne Boya (@cheyenneboya).
Cheyenne is a French photographer based in Paris, focusing on portraiture and she is passionate about art and travel. Cheyenne studied design and applied arts for six years and started photography around seven years ago. First, this was to document trips, family, and friends: then around four years ago started to develop her style into portraiture. Cheyenne says that art is a beautiful way to tell stories without using words.