Mother's Day is coming up - why not spend a few days celebrating Mother Nature. Not only will you experience her beauty and power, but you can even improve your health!
Here in the Midwest, we have spent the past few months cursing Mother Nature. Low temperatures, cloudy days, and significant snows in April have left many of us in the Midwest wondering what the heck we did to get her so upset.
Finally a beautiful weekend! As I dug my hands in the dirt, listened to the birds singing in the trees, and watched the ants work tirelessly, my mind became free of worry and my body free of tension.
Understand, I am not a gardener. I don't get overly excited when the first seed catalogs come out ; I don't try to grow the perfect rose; and I certainly don't boast about the size of my squash. I do love flowers and enjoy the delicious vegetables I get to harvest but, honestly, I would rather spend the weekend out riding my bike than on my knees weeding a my flower beds.
Gardener or not, there are plenty of ways to witness the miracles of Mother Nature. Even on my bike rides I notice the changing flora and my mind clears as I
The morning sunrise is a beautiful daily miracle and the sunset brings wondrous and magnificent end to the day.
Spending time with Mother Nature, and actually taking notice of all she has to offer, has many health benefits for your mind, body, and spirit.
Physically, spending time outdoors has been shown to reduce blood pressure and inflammation. Of course, biking, hiking, and walking outdoors offers the benefits of exercise, but even sitting outside can positively impact your health. Sunshine gives us a natural boost of Vitamin D and helps to regulate our circadian rhythm for a better night's sleep. The fresh outdoor air gives our bodies a break from the barrage of indoor allergens and can strengthen our immune systems.
Many people head to the outdoors to escape the daily grind. Constant interruptions, incomplete tasks, and looming deadlines leave us all feeling flustered. A walk outside clears the mind and reduces stress and symptoms of depression.
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of spending time outdoors for those who suffer from ADD or ADHD as a way to settle their mind and focus their thoughts.
Need to get those creative juices flowing? Grab a blanket or a chair and find a comfy spot to sit surrounded by Mother Nature. Let your senses experience the sights, sounds, and smells and get ready to write, paint, or create whatever comes to mind. It just might be your masterpiece!
Spiritual health is something many fail to work on until they need it. Oftentimes we move through the days, weeks, and months without much consideration of our spiritual health. Then a crisis hits and we hope and pray but have difficulty summoning the strength we need to get through the situation. Sound spiritual strength helps us get through and overcome some of life's greatest difficulties.
Though many think spiritual health comes from a strong religious practice, spiritual health is more than that.
A strong spirit is confident, established, unmovable and ready for anything. It is steady under pressure, full of joy and peace—and it never quits. A strong spirit will get you through anything—physical attacks, financial problems, relational difficulties, career setbacks and whatever else the devil throws your way. kcm.org
Mother Nature comes through once again. Surround yourself daily with Mother Nature and your spiritual health will strengthen. Your connection with other living things, your sense that you are part of something bigger, and your understanding of who you are all enhanced and reinforced.
In this week leading up to Mother's Day, spend some moments each day celebrating Mother Nature and enjoy all of the wonderful gifts (including your good health) she has to offer.
Better Health, Better Life, Better You!
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