by Jon DeMeo
Do you find yourself at work constantly looking down? It might be at your glaring computer screen, your phone, the copier, your notebook, iPad, or so many other things. We get stuck not taking in the things around us, but constantly isolated to our own space. After a long day in the office, being outside can help you rest, relax and refocus.
When we get outside, everything changes. One of the first things I think you should do is look up. By simply looking up, you are taken out of your current situation and you begin looking at something so much bigger than yourself. It is a freeing experience that always brings my day back into perspective.
My favorite way to “look up” is in a SingleNest hammock. It is lightweight, packable and the set-up is incredibly easy. If you have tried to set up a hammock in the past, you may have struggled with tying knots or finding the right distance between the trees. With the Atlas Straps, all the tough work is eliminated. Just wrap them around the tree and you will find yourself with tons of hooks to get the exact right “hang” you desire! Set up time for me is roughly 3 minutes once I’ve located the two trees I want to hang between. Give yourself a little room from the ground because once you lay out in it, you may sink in a few inches!
A few things you don’t want to forget when heading out to the woods for a quick hike is a trusty Nalgene to stay hydrated and a Leatherman Skeletool SX. The Leatherman comes equipped with a built-in carabiner for easy storage and has all the essential tools you may need. For more versatility, bring an extra carabiner on your Nalgene so you can hang it off a free loop on the Atlas Strap. This also keeps it off the ground, which is always a bonus on muddy days.
A solid pack to carry all you gear in is the Eddie Bauer Bacon Pack. This bag can hold quite a bit and is very lightweight, which makes it a great choice for last minute trips or hikes. This pack probably wouldn’t be your go-to if you were going on an extended hiking trip, but works great for an afternoon or a one-night stay. A great perk about this bag is that it has the Eddie Bauer guarantee, meaning if anything fails you can return it with no questions asked.
Once you get to your location, set up your hammock, grab a drink from your Nalgene, and look up. Right then, it doesn’t matter what has happened during the rest of your day because you’re looking at something bigger than you or your job. It gives you a chance to reflect and rest. Sometimes, it’s not easy to find the time to do this, but each time you do you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the next day. It’s healthy to get out into nature and spend time reflecting and thinking.
Many of us live in a fast paced culture that isn’t slowing down, so it’s important to take time to decompress and get away. It doesn’t have to be a whole evening or night; sometimes it can be just resting for 15 minutes.
I encourage you to try and find 1 hour over the next 2 weeks to get out there and relax in nature. When you do, don’t forget to LOOK UP!ABOUT JON: Originally from the great state of Pennsylvania, I now currently reside in Topeka, KS working for a non-profit called Trash Mountain Project. I have always had a love for the outdoors and enjoy every chance I get to be in nature. Some of my other passions include staying up to date on the latest technology, traveling, biking with my family, photography, graphic design and video work. I love helping individuals and organizationS tell a compelling story and seeing it from start to finish. My family has a passion for serving people and trying to show hope in areas that need it most! I am married to Elaine and have one son, Jameson. Web: jondemeo.com • Twitter: @jon_demeo • Instagram: JonDeMeo