We are lucky enough to have the very special Jane Spence from The Hello Nature Project writing a guest blog for us this week.
The Hello Nature Project was created as part of her studies with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship. (check out their inspiring and innovative program http://www.csl.org.au). Jane oozes positivity, it's as if a little sunshine and nature is radiating from her! She aims to remind us all that you don't have to travel outside of the city to find nature, it's all around us, right here. All you need to do is pause, take a moment, a break from technology, the buzz of our busy lives and reconnect.
You can sign up to receive daily emails throughout November. Fun, simple activities to help you connect to nature will be sent straight to your inbox. The activities will include cloud gazing, freeing your feet and standing on the grass, listening out for birds and insects and taking your lunch outside.
So let's hear from Jane and all the amazing things nature can do for our health, happiness and wellbeing.
THE HELLO NATURE PROJECT
Boost your health, happiness and creativity with a dose of nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about nature’s healing power: "In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man..." And that delight, that awe and excitement – it’s so good for us.
We spend less and less time outside and more and more time inside - 90% of our time is spent indoors and an office worker spends around 5 years of their life sitting at a desk. 5 years!
Research has found that spending time in nature can help protect us against depression, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer plus many more. Research has shown that not only can nature help boost our immune system, but gazing at a garden can help speed healing from surgery, infections and other ailments.
Connecting to nature can even make us better people - more empathetic and with more meaningful relationships and stronger community ties.
And it doesn’t need to take up too much of your time. You don’t have to go outside of the city to find nature – it’s the trees in your street, it’s the herbs growing on your windowsill, it’s the birds singing on your way to work and it’s looking up when you go outside.
Simple ways to connect to nature
Sign up to receive daily emails throughout November with a fun, simple activity to help you connect to nature. The activities will include cloud gazing, freeing your feet and standing on the grass, listening out for birds and insects and taking your lunch outside.
Lindy Cook is a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Director of Corporate Chillout.