“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order” —John Burroughs
If you have any access to social media, you will have seen this week a lot of talk about Mental Health Awareness Week and it’s theme ‘Connecting with Nature‘.
It’s a concept close to my own heart and psyche. I definitely get a niggle on if I’ve not been outside each day.
And yet through the pandemic, when more people have been out and walked than ever before, I found myself more inside than I had been for a long time. The Fit Camp sessions previously delivered outside, the morning walks, the mooching about to get errands done, visit clients and see colleagues was stripped right back to a mandatory walk to keep me grounded. It’s been enough to tide me over, now it’s time to get out a bit more!
This week I’ve enjoyed seeing what others have posted when they think of nature and how it soothes them.
Many photos of bodies of water – from ponds and lakes to puddles and the sea have all appeared.
Skies a plenty, from my fellow sky lovers, flash before me on my Facebook feed – and leaves and trees and flowers and lambs and cows and insects buzzing about, it’s been lovely! (Ed’s note-if you can tell me what ‘phile a sky lover is please let me know. I couldn’t find it. Not clouds, not galaxies, not sun…skies).
It’s been shown that if we can’t get outside in nature each day, then having something like a pot plant or seeds on your windowsill that you’re growing give as good a boost to our wellbeing. And if you aren’t at all green fingered then looking at pictures of nature can have a similar, although not quite so profound effect.
This week I’ve done a bit of all of this.
I took a walk on Monday morning after our 06.30 session and saw some fabulous bluebells and big skies.
Tuesday I watered the plants. They’re generally well tended but every now and then get a little sad and droopy. I love watching how quickly they pep up once watered. That’s definitely one which we can learn from about what water can do for us too!
Wednesday I shared a picture of a bug house we’ve acquired in our new garden. It’s quite the hive (pun intended) of activity at the moment and quite fascinating to watch how focused and productive insects are. Another cross over from nature to us perhaps?!
And today, (at time of writing) Thursday, I’ve oggled big sky photos and will get my face outside the front door to make today a day to connect with nature too.
What do you do? How do you soothe your soul and put your senses in order?
Do you use daylight lamps in winter? Have a dog to walk that makes you go outside? Walk to work/coffeeshop/for pleasure? Exercise outside? Commute by bike or foot? Garden? Tree bathe? Sun bathe? Wild water swim?
Whatever your thing is, I suggest getting a bit more of it this weekend. I never worry that I spend too much time outside, it’s never wasted.
If you’ve got children I highly recommend that you follow 1000 Hours Outside or here 1000hoursoutside.com. It’s a concept of how we learn through being outside, watching nature, problem solving, collaborating and being creative. It’s a concept that I think is very important to adults too.
In Fit Camp news I was delighted to read this week that with effect from Monday 17 May our insurers have confirmed that outdoor group fitness is no longer restricted in number. This means after this weekend we will no longer have to offer a waiting list for our Sunday Wake Up! sessions.
This is great news!
We’ll still be socially distanced, but we can welcome you all without worrying about turning someone away. Hooray for that! I do ask that you still pre-register on the TeamUp system so we know how is coming. It’s a requirement that we can contact all attendees should we need to inform of a positive case amongst campers.
If you’ve been wondering about joining us but are worried about standing out, doing it wrong, not being fit enough or it being military style, please just come along. We’re a friendly bunch and I want to help you feel better about yourself for giving it a go. Someone referred to me today as “the most gentle accountability partner you could have”. I’ll take that!
My lasting thought this week is this fabulous quotation from Lao Tzu, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” — I think that’s another thing we can all learn from nature in this Mental Health Awareness Week and Connecting with Nature.
To your very happy weekend.
“I am now coming to the one year anniversary of feeling better, healthier and stronger. I won’t deny that it has been hard work – at least, it as hard as I make it. I strongly recommend Heidi’s Fit Camp for anyone who wants to do more exercise but doesn’t fancy a gym or loads of equipment. It is enjoyable and beneficial and can show anyone a new determination and commitment to keeping fit.” TH, Lower Earley
FastTrack Fit Camp is an outdoor fitness business with the focus on improving people on the inside so they feel good on the outside. In 2019 FastTrack Fit Camp became a Social Enterprise and committed to distribute a minimum of 50% of profits back to community environmental projects each year with the goal of helping our local citizens feel good whilst being outside too.