“Slow down and connect with nature…”
Today I want to talk to you about the importance of staying grounded. When life seems to get too full and you find yourself rushing, feeling anxious or stressed one of the best things you can do is slow down and connect with nature. In this article I’ll be sharing a few ideas of how you can stay connected and grounded in times when you feel like you’re not coping with the daily hustle and bustle of city life. I’ve also included my top 10 tips of how you can bring nature into your home.
Before moving to the city my lifestyle was very different. I grew up in the country on a large farm in the Noosa Hinterland area. When I was younger my sister and I spent most of our time running around outside barefoot, breathing in the fresh, clean country air and soaking up the warm sunshine. The property was so large that you couldn’t see a single neighbour in any direction. We were completely immersed in nature and surrounded by animals. We had horses, cattle, donkeys, sheep, pigs, chickens and of course there were always dogs and cats running around too.
At the time I had no idea how lucky I was to be living on the land. We had fresh, organic eggs from our very healthy and happy free-range chooks that scratched around outside all day in our veggie gardens. We ate home grown veggies throughout the year and in summer we had an endless supply of sweet, juicy mangos and paw paws picked straight from our fruit trees. We lived so far out of town that we didn’t even have tv reception or internet (shocking I know!) so to keep ourselves entertained my sister and I spent our days swimming in the pool, horse-riding with our Dad or playing in the garden with our Mom… what can I say, life was pretty good!
Of course as I got older I became more interested in other things and I spent more and more time inside and away from the farm. Like most girls in their teens my attention turned to make-up, fashion and boys. At the time I was training to become a classical ballerina and if I wasn’t in the studio practising I was usually shopping in the city or flipping through magazines in my bedroom. I desperately wanted to get off the farm and move to the city.
So I did, but once I was there it was very different to what I’d dreamed it would be. After living such a quiet and simplistic country lifestyle moving to the city was a massive adjustment for me. I was nowhere near prepared for the rush of the city and at first I found it completely overwhelming. It didn’t take long before I began to take on the frantic energy of the city and soon enough I found myself rushing through my days. This fast-paced lifestyle was making me feel anxious, stressed and outright exhausted. I had moved so far away from my true self and I started to feel very out of touch with my body and with nature.
I realised that being connected with nature kept me grounded and helped me to feel more balanced and calm. It is so important to find a healthy balance in our lives and for me a big part of that is spending time outside in nature. If you can, try to spend at least 20 minutes outside every day, even if it’s only on your lunch break. Getting outside and allowing your skin and eyes to be exposed to sunlight will not only improve your Vitamin D levels but it will also increase the production of melatonin in your body which is beneficial for a good night sleep… and let’s be honest, at the end of the day who doesn’t want a nice golden glow and beauty sleep!
While I enjoy the convenience of living in the city and the opportunities it has to offer I find that a little break from my normally quite full routine helps me to relax, regain my focus for the week ahead and always leaves me feeling refreshed and energised. A trip into the country, a day at the beach or a picnic in a park is all I need to help clear my head. So beautiful, if you ever feel like you need to get away from the fast-pace of city life I encourage you to get outside and into nature!
To give you a bit of inspiration, here are a few of my favourite outdoor activities:
– Walking barefoot on the beach
– Sitting in a park and scrunching the grass between my toes
– Walking silently through a forest
– Swimming in the ocean
– Climbing a mountain
– Walking to a lookout and taking in the view
– Floating in a fresh water rock pool
– Playing under a waterfall
– Driving through the countryside
– Horse riding on my parents farm
– Floating in a pool at night and stargazing
– Camping at the beach or in a forest
If you’re more of an indoors kind of girl or don’t have the opportunity of connecting with nature often or easily then here are a few things you can do to bring nature to you…
My Top 10 Tips For Bringing Nature Into Your Space:
So gorgeous, if this article has inspired you to connect with nature more often then please feel free to share it with a girlfriend and hopefully it will encourage her to do the same too!
P.s – I’d love to see how you connect with nature this week! Take a pic and tag me in it when you share your post on Facebook or Instagram! @kathryn.chandler #kathrynchandlerlifestyle