spending time in nature

Spending Time In Nature

We, as people, change as we get older, we grow physically, mentally and emotionally. With this growth comes a change in our mental function. It is of utmost importance to keep a healthy mind throughout every stage of life. The simplest ways in which we can ensure we provide our brains with the correct tools to function at prime levels during these changes are, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, spending time outdoors in nature, finding activities that stimulate you mentally and also keep you grounded.

Why is it important to spend time in nature?
The fresh air, sun, trees, flowers and animals are all essential tools in living a happier more balanced and relaxed lifestyle. With the vast amount of stimulation we receive all day every day, spending quality time outdoors, whether it’s by yourself or with a fellow adventure seeker is incredibly important to your physical, emotional and psychological well-being. The long-term benefits of connecting with nature are endless. When you connect with your natural surrounding on a regular basis you will start to see an improvement in your mood, it improves your focus, it helps us heal quicker and even supports graceful aging according to some studies. It is essential for children to spend time outdoors playing in the garden or enjoying time in nature. Numerous studies have shown that kids who play outside are smarter, happier, more attentive and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors. The benefits of kids playing outside or spending time in nature are endless, let’s have a look at just a few of these:

  • It builds their confidence,
  • it promotes their creativity,
  • it teaches your kids responsibility,
  • it makes them think faster and clearer and
  • it reduces stress and fatigue.
How much time should you spend in nature?

The more time you spend in nature the better. However it is not always possible to spend vast amounts of time outdoors without any disruptions, due to today’s fast passed lifestyle. Starting off with a minimum of 120 minutes of your time per week spent connecting with your natural surroundings, has shown to have an incredibly positive outcome on us humans in general. Children should be spending far more time outdoors than just 2 hours per week, it is for this reason that kindergartens, creches and primary schools allocate significant amounts of outdoor play for their classes.

Connecting with nature and staying grounded go hand in hand – what do we mean when we talk about being grounded…? No, we are not referring to the punishment we used to receive as kids or teens. When we talk about being grounded, we are referring to the activities that connect you to the earth. It allows you to be more authentically in your body, in the present moment and receive nourishing energy.

How do you ground yourself you may ask? Here are a few simple steps you can follow to ground yourself in nature using all of your senses:

Acknowledge 5 things around you

Acknowledge 4 things you can touch

Acknowledge 3 things you can hear

Acknowledge 2 things you can smell

Acknowledge 1 thing you can taste If you are near the ocean, a lake or river put your hands in the water, focus on how it feels against your skin, what the water sounds like – can you hear it flowing or lapping the shore? Can you smell the scent of the water? If you are at the ocean smell the salt in the air. If the water is safe to taste – what does it taste like?

You can use the same technique even when gardening – however it wouldn’t necessarily be safe to taste the soil, unless you have a toddler, they seem to think the ground is a lovely treat from time to time.

connecting with women

The Importance of Connecting with Women in our lives

From a young age we are encouraged to nurture connections and friendships, to connect with those that are considered to be our “tribe”.  But do we really understand the importance of connecting with like-minded people? From our first day of school to the day we enter the work place, or when picking up your children from school, we as humans tend to search for belonging in everyday life. After all, it is human nature to want to connect with people. Whether it’s connecting with friends, a community or family, we form a tribe as we progress through life.

We, as women, tend to have a better understanding of the importance of connecting with people, forming relationships or bonds and nurturing them as we progress through the different stages of life. With that being said, finding your tribe is difficult, especially when it comes to finding a tribe that reflects our own values or values that are similar to our own while fulfilling the need for companionship.

 “A good friend is a connection to life — a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.” — Lois Wyse, Women Make the Best Friends: A Celebration.

Our tribe of ladies are the pillars on which we so often rely heavily on, laugh with, cry with, celebrate with, look to for advice and share stories of our families with. These are the ladies that we share deep conversations, about all walks of life, as women with. Our kids often become friends through these circles and create long lasting bonds for future generations. If you have the chance to keep these friendships from childhood right through to your silver years, you are far richer than you realise. Cherish these connections and make an effort to keep them alive as they can be vital to your spiritual and mental well-being.

women as good friends

In the modern world and especially with how things are currently, connecting with people can become challenging. The question is what are you doing to maintain those connections? There are endless ways to stay in-touch given the current technological advancements. From applications that connect us via interests, hobbies, location, age or careers etc. to Face Timing, WhatsApp video calls or even Zoom, there are so many fantastic ways to keep connected. If the business world can uphold such a high standard and full functionality using just a few of the above-mentioned apps and programs, keeping a close-knit tribe connected shouldn’t be a challenge.

With Woman’s Day just around the corner, we have taken some time to think of a few ways for you and your tribe to connect virtually – due to the restriction we face with the current events.

  • Ladies love having a good chat or a catch up with friends; why not arrange a virtual high tea via zoom. Have one of the ladies in your circle create a digital high tea invite and send it out to your group with the date, time, and the link for the zoom call. That way you all get to see each other, share a delightful slice of your favourite cake and a great cup of home brewed java. 
  • Create a WhatsApp group chat where you can do a quick check-in to see how everyone is doing and share a photo or meme or two. Truth be told laughter is the best medicine, it feeds the soul and lifts your spirits especially during these confusing times.
  • Send a virtual gift, either a voucher or an e-book that could help connect you and a friend.

Create a circle journal using one of our journals – set a time each week to catch up on what you have journaled and share your weekly experiences with those closest to you.

connect with downloadable apps

Downloadable APPs that you can use to connect with like-minded people and share ideas, hobbies, passions etc.

  • Meetup: Expand your social circle with Meetup It uses common interests and location to connect you to others, discover the things you love to do and people to do them with – both online and in person. IOS Download  Android Download
  • Friender: Friender is all about similar interests. Unlike profiles on other apps that focus only on the bio you write for yourself, Friender has users rate their interests in a bunch of activities. It is available for iPhone download only. IOS Download
  • Atleto: If you are on the hunt for a sport or workout buddy; Atleto is the app for you. It connects you with athletes that are interested in the same workouts/sports you are interested in. IOS Download  Android Download
  • HEY! VINA: Missing the days when you were surrounded by your huge group of girlfriends? Hey! Vina, an app made by women for women. IOS Download  Android Download
  • Mom Life: The app that connects you with other pregnant ladies from all over the world, chat with those who are in the same stage of pregnancy as you. IOS Download  Android Download
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