You could be forgiven for thinking today was a day picked straight out of Summertime…
Blue skies & sunshine…
Hot sun. A gentle breeze. Big blue sky. Dark blue sea.
While it’s still technically winter here in Queensland it’s days like today that bring hope of warmer weather. All the hibernating, restoring and nurturing of the long winter nights & short days are giving way to a sample of the seasons ahead.
On the beach there are plenty of people sunning their bodies and playing in the sea. Dogs frolic on the foreshore or explore the hind dunes. There is a sense of anticipation. Of excitement.
On my walk today I was reflecting on this and how grateful I am to live in such a place. Then my mind started wondering of those less fortunate, maybe cooped up indoors or in quarantine or another Covid lockdown.
So I’ve come up with a little list to lessen the load, the burden or strain of living like this and to bring a little of the outdoor in… I hope you enjoy it and it inspires you embrace life with nature.
Open the windows, pull back the curtains and blinds and let a little sunshine and fresh air flood your space and wellbeing. It does wonders for the spirit!
Even if you don’t feel like it make an effort to keep nourishing yourself with good wholesome food. Share mealtimes and talk about positive things in your day. Maybe you could start a gratitude practice where everybody has a chance to share something they are grateful for each day.
Got a backyard or even a courtyard? Maybe just a veranda or a long hallway. Challenge the family to a game of backyard cricket or any sport you all like to play. A little friendly competition will soon break the boredom and have you all in a good mood. No-one to play with? That’s ok. Challenge yourself. Bounce a tennis ball against a wall and try catching it with your opposite hand. If this is too easy it’s up to you to find something that challenges you mentally or physically. Go on. I dare you.
Flowers and plants are a great way to bring a little nature into your home. A few flowers from your garden or potted plants on the window sill will brighten your day. Even supermarkets these days have a nice assortment of fresh flowers or if you are feeling extravagant you could order yourself a nice bunch from your local florist delivered straight to your door. Look closely at them, smell them, touch them or smile at them as you pass. You will feel great joy in your heart as they also help nurture your soul.
No I haven’t gone mad… I know you can’t go outside so what about a couch picnic! That’s right! Right there in your home. Spread your mat on the floor and serve up some of your all-time favourite picnic treats. Be creative, spontaneous and above all have fun!
If it’s impossible to get to the ocean and you have a bathtub why not recreate your own seaside bliss… Search spotify for some ocean sounds, waves and whales are good, light some gently scented candles, arrange some seashells and run a lovely tub to immerse yourself in. Close your eyes as you lie back and let the gently lapping sounds carry you away.
Got kids? Or just some time for yourself. Fossick around and make a collection of found objects; sticks, leaves, flowers, stones, feathers are all good. Add to this some string, glue, glitter & googley eyes and you have the makings of an art session with nature. Some ideas include making some pet rocks, hanging mobiles, gift cards, place mats or book marks. Be as creative as you like!
Research has shown that even listening or watching nature can have a positive effect on your wellbeing. When you’ve exhausted all other avenues of you #covidnaturefix you might want to explore the many documentaries, podcasts and apps that you can find on nature and wellbeing. You might even like to schedule a Zoom call with others or start a watch party to share that time with someone special.
Take heart dear ones for the times they are a-changin’…
I hope this little list of ideas inspires you and encourages you to stay strong and positive. I truly believe that by strengthening your connection to nature and spending time each day with her you will soon be feeling more alive and hopeful about the opportunities each new day brings.
All my very best wishes to you all…
If you or someone you know is not coping or feels in need of support at this time help is available for you. Just reach out.