Growing up in the country I loved the wide open spaces and strong community spirit. As a child I had freedom to roam, take risks and learn about life for myself.
Now I live in the city I feel life is always rushed, scheduled and too many people are caught up in their own lives. They don’t take time to notice their surrounds, smile and talk to passing strangers. I crave getting back to nature and to those wide open spaces.
My mood changes when I am surrounded by nature and I have a clear state of mind. I don’t even realise that I feel stressed yet I can feel my body relax the tightness around my chest and shoulders disappears. I feel calmer, my mind clears, my body relaxes and I finally I feel like I can breathe.
My love of nature is now being passed down to my children. With an overwhelming amount of evidence to show nature play has benefits for children such as improved cognitive function, increased creativity, improved interaction with adults, reduced attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms and reduced rates of aggression. I feel it is my duty to immerse them in nature.
Whenever I can I get my children into nature. We go on walks in search of wildflowers.
They experience pure joy as they jump, splash or feel the mud between their toes.
They make a wish and blow a dandelion. Watch the seeds float in the wind with the hope that their dreams will come true.
Every path is an adventure. They are not afraid to venture off into the unknown.
The children use their imagination, the whole family uses their senses in natural surrounds and I notice a change, we are calm, content and bonded as a family.