Create Calm With These 5 Nature Routines
Mindfulness doesn't always have to involve sitting still and meditating. Observing the beauty of the natural world can be a wonderful way to practice mindfulness and bring a sense of calm and appreciation into our lives. Taking a moment to look up and soak in the beauty of the sky, clouds, or a scenic landscape can be a grounding experience amidst the busyness of daily life. Here are some suggestions to incorporate this practice into your family's routines:
1. Morning Nature Check-In
Start your day by stepping outside and taking a moment to observe the natural surroundings. Encourage your family members to notice the colors of the sky, the sound of birds chirping, or the feel of the breeze on their skin. It can be a peaceful way to begin the day with a mindful mindset.
2. Nature Walks or Outings
Plan regular family outings to parks, nature reserves, or nearby natural areas. Explore hiking trails, visit a beach, or take a stroll in a local garden. Encourage everyone to pause and take in the beauty of the surroundings, whether it's the intricate details of a flower or the vastness of the landscape.
3. Mindful Moments
Incorporate mindful moments throughout the day when you and your family can take a break to observe nature. It could be during meal times, where you sit near a window and appreciate the view outside. Or maybe you can designate a specific time each day to step outside and simply observe the sky or listen to the sounds of nature around you.
4. Cloud Gazing
On a clear day, find a comfortable spot outside, lie down on a blanket or grass, and spend some time cloud gazing. Encourage your children to use their imagination and see what shapes or objects they can find in the clouds. It can be a fun and soothing activity that fosters both creativity and mindfulness.
5. Sunset or Sunrise Rituals
Take advantage of the magical moments of sunrise or sunset. Gather your family and find a peaceful spot to watch the changing colors in the sky. Reflect on the beauty and the fleeting nature of these moments, emphasizing the importance of being present and savoring the experience.
Remember, the goal is to bring a sense of mindful awareness to the beauty of the natural world. By integrating these routines into your family's life, you can create moments of connection, appreciation, and calm amid the busyness of everyday life.
Creating calm helps to build strong minds, embrace emotional intelligence and cultivate resilience for you and your children.
Victoria Jenkins, Brain Essentials
Victoria Jenkins is the brain-based educator at Brain Essentials. She is an author, presenter, primary educator and parenting specialist who creates resources for busy parents. These include My Amazing Brain, The Calm Collection, Inspirational Art Prints and online and in-person parenting events.