NATURE

Live life outside

Spending time in nature is healing energy.

We live in a time when we can set the thermostat, order takeout and stream a movie from a cell phone; never having to get off the couch, let alone leave the house. But our ancestors were tightly tied to time in nature -- they had to be in order to survive. Was that rustle in the brush predator or prey? Did the position of the sun mean it was time to head home? Could that copse of trees provide safe shelter for the night?

The modern way we live has changed radically from life in the savanna, but our brains have mostly stayed the same. We still have a deep connection with nature, and research shows that if we don’t nourish that bond despite our technological advancements, we may suffer in many ways.  Read more

How does nature impact our wellbeing?

  • It has a calming effect and helps reduce stress and anxiety.

  • It's a great mood lifter, helps with depression.

  • Reduces blood pressure and heart rate.

  • Vitamin D helps body function more efficiently.

  • Physical activity to pump up those endorphins.

  • Fresh air helps regulate serotonin levels.

  • Promotes better sleep.

  • Boosts your immune system.

  • Gives our brains downtime to recharge.

There are just so many benefits for our mind, body and spirit to being out in nature. So why are there so many of us experiencing “Nature Deficit Disorder?”

Yes, its and actual thing! 

In today's world our plugged-in connection to all our devices and screens is keeping so many of us from taking breaks, unplugging and getting out in nature. 

Time to get out in nature, get outside, walk barefoot on the grass, put your feet into the ocean, lay outside and stargaze, so many things you can do to make nature a part of your life.  

Forest Bathing

Shinrin-yoku which translates to forest bath

Back in the 1980s, Japan had a public health crisis on its hands. People were working so much they were burning out and dying, so the government turned to the abundant woods for a cure.

They established "wellness bases" in the lush forests, and from there people could take guided relaxation sessions in nature to decompress and relax.

Forest therapy is best described as guided mindfulness in the outdoors.

Anyone can start practising forest therapy.

"Start with what I call a sit-spot practice, sit there for ten or twenty minutes. You don’t have to do it everyday if you don’t have time… but do it three times a week.”

"Sit in your own garden, find a lake or quiet spot in your own urban space and sit there for a moment."   Read more

 

I need Vitamin Sea

What is it about a visit to the beach that always leaves us feeling calm and restored?

Walking along the waters edge, swimming in the salty water, burying our feet in the sand, listening to the waves rolling in, the fresh sea air?

Science says the surf and sand does the mind (and body) good. Here’s how to reap the benefits of all that 'vitamin sea.'

  • staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves frequency and puts us in a mild mediative state.

  • that consistent ebbing and flowing you hear as you lie on your towel under an umbrella. The noises — coupled with the visuals — activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for slowing us down and allowing us to relax and feel more engaged.

  • The smell of the ocean breeze also contributes to your soothed state, which may have something to do with the negative ions in the air that you’re breathing in.

  • The physical sensation of putting your feet in warm sand causes people to relax.

  • Focus on how your body feels warm from the rays of the sun, focus on what it feels like to have your feet in the sand, breathe deep and smell the ocean air.  Read more

Coastal Retreat

Are you longing for some vitamin sea  A walk along the beach, some Forest bathing, some stillness and to just be? Need to get away from busyness and recharge your soul.  Our South West Coastal Retreat where the Forest meets the Ocean is the perfect weekend getaway. Just 2 hours from Perth.  

Seaglass & Sol

For the Wild Child

Builds confidence

makes them think

reduces stress and fatigue

gets kids moving

provides different stimulation

teaches responsibility

promotes creativity and imagination

Why go outside?

 

Recent studies have exposed the benefit—even necessity—of spending time outdoors, both for kids and adults. Some argue that it can be any outdoor environment. Some claim it has to be a “green” environment—one with trees and leaves. Others still have shown that just a picture of greenery can benefit mental health. These nuances aside, most of the studies agree that kids who play outside are smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors. While it’s unclear how exactly the cognitive functioning and mood improvements occur, there are a few things we do know about why nature is good for kids’ minds.  childmind.org

5 Ways to foster a love of nature.

"If we keep our children indoors, we run the risk that nature may simply become the backdrop for their daily lives, as inconsequential as the billboards, neon lights and telephone poles that decorate our cityscapes."

So how does a parent go about forging that lifelong connection between a child and nature, ensuring that it does not become an invisible backdrop? Monkman and Rodenburg offer some valuable suggestions that range from specific activities to a broader pro-nature mentality. These are particularly relevant as summer approaches and families are more inclined to spend time outdoors. Read more

 Nature: take a walk in nature, bush reserve, beach, walking trail. Use the Natures treasure bag to collect leaves, pebbles, small rocks, shells and things your child finds interesting. Your children can then create a nature box at home or use these treasures to be creative in crafts.

Click on the pic for other ideas and activities.

Garden: Create a garden space just for kids and allow them to take care of it.

Things they will need: Garden gloves, hat, watering can, vegetable or flower seeds or seedlings.

Click on the pic for ideas and activities.