Spending time in nature is good for us and it is one of the easiest ways of getting more happiness into our lives.
Connecting with nature has so many proven benefits for the mind, body and spirit. It can increase our happiness, positivity, sense of connection to self and others, creativity, resilience and efficiency. It reduces our stress levels and can even help to protect against depression.
Although the mental and emotional benefits are far reaching there are also so many physical benefits. Spending time in nature lowers the heart rate, reduces blood pressure and muscle tension. Time in nature is now even prescribed for cancer patients and for those recovering from chronic illness.
The best thing is that connecting with nature is totally free, available 24/7 and there are no sign-up contracts or monthly payments. You can do it wherever or however you chose, as long as it makes you happy! We all have our favourite way to connect with nature, maybe yours is a swim in the ocean, a walk through the bush, gardening or spending time with animals. Nature really does offer the most wonderful smorgasbord of choices and it is so exciting to try new things.
Our group had the opportunity to try something totally different at our latest monthly event, Honey Harvesting. The focus of this event was to connect with nature though participating in a honey harvest at a local property. Our hosts graciously invited us to join them in the honey extraction process and learn about the bee-utiful and clever bees and their sweet nectar. The property is located on the crest of a hill overlooking Gawula (formerly Mount Wheeler) with 360-degree views. The weather was perfect and the surroundings spectacular.
Our group of ten enjoyed the most glorious morning, learning about the hives and getting some great insight into the world of bees. We got sticky fingers learning how to remove the wax from the frames and then tried our hand at spinning the frames in the honey extractor. We enjoyed a delicious morning tea of freshly baked scones dripping with honey from our harvest. And then we rounded off the morning with a short walk to check out the hives and to meet the resident horses.
This event was an absolute delight from start to finish. We were literally immersed in nature and nobody wanted to leave. I think our hosts were wondering if we would ever go home. Our participants reported feeling totally chilled, relaxed and just delighted with the entire experience. Proof, it we needed it, that connecting with nature is good for us on so many levels, offering a wonderful escape from our busy lives and an opportunity to tune into the amazing world around us.
Next time you are feeling a little flat or overwhelmed try connecting with nature, go outside, watch the clouds float past, listen to the birds or just simply take off your shoes and feel the ground beneath your feet. Chances are it will make you feel better. Happiness is a practice, so let’s practice together.
A huge thank you goes to our wonderful sponsors who allow us to offer our monthly events free to our community! Keppel Dental, and The Real Group... we thank you!