Connecting with nature can increase our mindfulness and help us feel calmer, less stressed and more resilient
Some ideas for ways to connect with nature
Go somewhere you’ve always been meaning to visit in your local area.
Take time with whanau to connect with the forest.
Bathe in the mauri ora (life force) of our natural environment that gives us its own wonderful oranga (health).
Spend time gardening. You could grow a few pots of herbs on a window sill.
Take notice of the night sky. Be aware of what phase the moon is in and how the visible constellations change throughout the year.
Being mindful with technology.
Have a technology free day with no phones, computers or television. Plan a day of activities that help you take notice more, eg, outdoor games with the kids, a picnic, build and fly kites, gardening, family bush walks etc.
Adapted from 10 Mindful Ways to use Social Media by Lori Deschene.