I’m no psychologist. But sunsets are like free therapy. It’s tricky but I’m going to do the best I can to explain how it makes me feel. I love a sunrise too but there’s something about a sunset which makes me even more grateful for life.
I’ve always appreciated the outdoors but the pandemic has made me realise how truly incredible nature is. Not only does it reduce depression, anxiety, stress and other unpleasant emotions in life but most importantly, it also supports our entire existence.
I think we take that fact for granted. We quite literally need nature to survive. As the WWF puts it: “Our forests, rivers, oceans and soils provide us with the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we irrigate our crops with. We depend on them for our health, happiness and prosperity.”
The sunset reminds me of all this. No matter how stressful my day has been, it makes me stop and think. Hang on, I’m breathing. I’m living. And suddenly, the stress doesn’t seem as bad. I feel like I’ve the weight has lifted off my shoulders and I’ve gained some clarity.
It also puts me in a better mood. So next time you’re having a rough day, drive to your favourite spot and let your worries drift away. The top photo is Rhossili Bay, which is known for gorgeous sunsets! But my favourite is Langland Bay, as it has more personal meaning and is much easier to get to.
The sunset also gives me a reason to get outside, especially if I haven’t been out much that day. It doesn’t have to be for long. But having a walk and watching the sunset makes me feel refreshed, inspired and like I’ve achieved something. I try to make at least one or two a week!
It can be easy to make excuses for not making a sunset. But remember, the sun rises and sets every single day wherever you are. Go catch it!