Everyone needs a bit of nature, and sometimes it’s easier said than done to get out there, but it is so important.
As my trio now go to school for the 5 mornings a week, for the first time in a lot of years, I am left with a few precious hours to call my own (all be it with a to-do list as long as my arm to work through before they all tumble back home again! Same as any Mamma). Nature has been my saving grace these past 9 years, even more so the last nearly 6…spot the link 😉 ! However, I now have the opportunity to head out into it on my own, without my band of crazies following me. Don’t get me wrong, I live for our little hikes, our outdoor cooking, and exploring nature with them, but there is only real peace to be found when they aren’t leaping around in trees or running into the sea in their undies! And I need peace as I find such a noisy house quite a bombardment on the senses. I’m relishing these moments I can now take. Sometimes I will cook, sometimes I will just make a hot drink with my beloved Kelly Kettle, but I will always admire the views.
Nature is, after all, therapy for the mind. Nature is known to induce calm and decrease stress, as well as increasing happiness. Nature is food for our minds, like food and water are for our bodies. This is because the natural environment places no demands on us, yet it remains engaging. It gets our attention in different ways. It can promote calmness and well being due to being a low stress environment. Being surrounded by nature has so many benefits, and the main one I was in search of today was the sounds of the waves. I love sitting there listening to the sea hitting the shore, whether it’s gentle lapping or crashing waves. So I packed my breakfast and cooking things and headed off around the island, stopping half way to cook my supplies and enjoy the view.
Nature can help increase our happiness levels. The breathing in of fresh air, combined with taking exercise with a nice view, all helps to put your mind into a happier place. Nature makes us healthier. It increases our exposure to natural light, which in turn helps increase our vitamin D levels. This helps prevent some health problems, but also being outdoors helps improve sleep, decreases stress, and increase energy…something I always find disappearing quickly with three children around!
Whilst I’m not naive enough to think that all of my troubles, or anyone else’s, will be washed away by a walk in nature, immersing oneself in it for a few hours certainly makes me feel more like myself. No doubt 10 minutes of them being home again will undo most of the good work, but I’m still reaping the benefits really 🙂