Getting Back to Nature

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Spending time in nature is good for you[1]. Go outside with your child, or bring some nature indoors, and you will both feel happier and calmer. Spending time in nature can reduce stress and improve your mood. Nature can also help you be more alert and engaged. It is easier to pay attention and focus on tasks after contact with nature. A walk in nature has even been found to increase short-term memory.

5 Simple Ways to Bring More Nature into Your Life:

1. Go to the Park

Go to the park with your child. This is a great opportunity for your child to play outdoors, and you will both benefit from the outdoor time. Plus, you might even make some new friends.

2. Take the Scenic Route

Walk places instead of driving whenever possible: walk to school, walk to work, walk to the store. Make time to go for a walk in nature with your child. This a good opportunity to spend time together.

3. Take up Gardening

Start a garden in your yard or a potted garden on your balcony. If this is not an option for you, volunteer to help a friend with their garden. They will probably appreciate the extra help. Visit a community garden if there is one in your neighbourhood. Gardening is a great learning experience for your child and will bring you both closer to nature. Plus, it is fun!

4. Bring Nature Indoors

Make it possible to experience nature at home by getting some potted plants for your home. Encourage your child to help you water and care for the plants. This is another fun learning experience. If you live in an area with trees and plants outside, bringing in more nature might be as simple as opening the blinds.

5. Get out of the City

Have a family day on the weekend. Turn this into an opportunity for an outdoor adventure. Whether you travel somewhere or stay close to home, there are many ways to connect with nature. You could go for a hike, make a trip to the beach, go to a park, visit a farm, find a hill to climb or have a picnic lunch.
 

Memory & Mood

Stress & Attention

Physical & Emotional Development

  • Secure and Calm

    Secure and calm describes the ability to take part in daily activities and approach new situations without being overwhelmed with worries, sadness or anxiety. To be secure and calm also means being able to cope with stress and pressure, and to bounce back from difficulties.
  • Gets Along with Others

    Getting along with others is the ability to form positive and healthy relationships with peers and adults. Children with better abilities to regulate their emotions and behaviours have more friends and experience more positive playtime with their peers.
  • Alert and Engaged

    Being alert and engaged is the ability to manage and direct one's own feelings, thoughts and emotions. In general, the ability to be 'present' and to exercise self-control.
  • Compassionate and Kind

    Being compassionate and kind is closely related to empathy. While empathy refers more generally to the ability to take the perspective of and to feel the emotions of another person, compassion goes one step further.
  • Solves Problems Peacefully

    Managing conflict effectively is about creating an atmosphere where violence and aggression are not likely. To resolve conflict means using empathy, problem-solving skills, understanding other points of view and coming up with ways to make things right in a fair way.