The holiday season is upon us after what has been a really challenging year. Understanding this, we wanted to focus our gift recommendations on the theme of connection and joy. Connecting with nature is the soothing balm everyone can use this year.
So, what are we recommending? Take a look, and order early as shipping may be delayed this year.
Number One: Books
We love books at The Nature Nurse™. One of our favorite nature journalists, Richard Louv, takes us on a journey to our wild nature in his latest book, Our Wild Calling. It's perfect for all the animal lovers on your list!
Number Two: Bird Feeders
Did you know that watching birds helps us feel calm? It can also be a wonderful way to get to know your local bird life. Connecting with nature can be harder when days are dark and cold. It is also a challenge for many who live alone or are in nursing homes. Here are a couple types we recommend (and don't forget some bird seed):
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Number Three: Wind Chimes
Ahhh....that soothing sound that draws us to the outdoors as a gentle breeze passes by. They come in many different notes. Here is one of our favorite companies. We have had ours for years!
Number Four: Twin Currents Apparel
New this year, hand-drawn, unique, authentic images available on several types of comfy shirts and hoodies. This line helps remind us all that we have a lot of different friends living under the waves. The beachy images can also take us to that calm, tranquil feel that we all love. Take a look: Link.
Number Five: Camping Gear
Looking for a way to help get your family to not only connect better with nature, but each other? Why not take up camping? Young kids love to camp in the backyard, teens and young adults love to go with their friends. Plan a trip to a local, state or national park for a family adventure. This tent pops into place in just 90 seconds, you can stand in it, and it folds back up quickly and easily. Oh, and did we tell you that research shows camping helps us sleep better too?
Number Six: Discover The Joy Of Nature Online Workshop
Knowledge is power, but awareness is life changing. We all "know" we should do certain things-eat healthier, exercise more, and meditate. Many people, however, either don't know that nature can invoke the joy in us, and/or they are not aware of why our relationship with nature is essential to our health and well-being. Our one-hour online course discusses the research supporting this, and provides resources and tools to evaluate one's relationship with nature. The perfect gift, as we all know what happens January First. This may be the gift you want the most for yourself. LINK
We wish you all a very happy, healthy holiday season!
Harvesting herbs that we have tenderly nurtured all season can be a wonderful way to experience the joy of nature. Most of us don't have the time, or space, to have a full-fledge farm. But, many of us grow herbs in containers, on windowsills, or in a small plot in our backyard.
The process of cutting them, drying them and crumpling them into pieces allows their fragrance to erupt. Inhaling their aromas is a joy just unto itself. Anticipating the addition of these delicacies to warm, comforting recipes this fall and winter can make ones mouth start to water.
Not sure how to dry your herbs? Take a look at this short how-to-video we created just for you:
Want to learn more about how to experience the joy of nature? Enroll now in our new online course! Learn more
What is in your health promotion toolbox? Eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, and meditation are some of the most common tools we all strive to use. But, have you thought of adding nature?
Our connection with nature has been slowly eroding over the past several years for a number of reasons. As this relationship erodes, research is showing that we are seeing several negative impacts on our health and well-being. Scientists are now studying the link between nature and health in ways they never thought to do before. With over 1000 studies now conducted, there is significant evidence to show that nature is good for us!
And here is the best part; you don't need a prescription! As long as your nature source is clean and safe, engaging with nature can help you ease stress, sleep better and add more joy to your life.
There has never been a more important time for us to take an active role in our health. Learning how to engage with nature is another valuable tool to help you feel better in your body, mind and spirit.
Ready to learn more? At TheNatureNurse.com , there is a wealth of information on how you can do just that. You are invited to subscribe to the e-newlsetter to keep current on the latest research on nature and health, nature resources, and exclusive offers.
We also have launched the first of an ongoing series, Experience The Joy of Nature: Beginners Online Workshop . This workshop will teach you why enhancing your relationship with nature is essential today, how to assess what your current nature connection level is, and beginning tools, that you can use right away, to enhance your health, well-being and add more joy to your life.
Let Mother Nature help you live a healthier lifestyle!
Did you know there is a simple way to improve your mood, lift your spirit, and maybe even experience joy? Studies show that nature can foster feelings of awe, and other positive emotions, when we feel captivated and engrossed in our surroundings.
What might that look like you ask? Well, it can be as simple as stepping outside, gazing at the sky, and watching the mesmerizing way clouds sweep across the blue background above, while morphing into various forms.
As many of us are forced to slow down, and spend more time alone, due to the coronavirus, we have an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with our natural surroundings.
Just the other day, I couldn't help but stop and marvel at the magnificent colors that some of our local birds are.
When we walk a regular route in our outdoor environment, we may notice that nature has her own tempo, and the same walk may not have the same views. Take a look at the various stages this wondrous magnolia flower displayed over a series of three days.
Ready to step outside with a new awareness? What inspires awe in you when you engage with nature? How does it make you feel?
Having difficulty accessing nature, or know of someone who is? Check out the various videos offered by The Nature Nurse™ that can also help make you feel better.
Youtube: Relax With Nature