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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Top Tip - MAINTAINING A GREEN MIND

Keeping healthy involves aspects of your physical and emotional self

Having a green mind involves staying healthy by accessing green activities.  The following Top Tips are ideas to help you keep the balance of physical and emotional health.

Maintaining a green mind, emotional and physical health
  • Gardening can provide a physical workout and also an emotional workout!  Gardening releases endorphins which the are the body's "feel good" hormone.  By being outside we are surrounded by the beauty of nature which has the ability to touch all our senses.
  • Producing home grown produce can also help people feel a sense of achievement with also helping conserve the environment.
  • If you have a creative flare, use the beauty of nature to develop crafts from natural materials such as wood, clay or grass.
  • Taking part in a conservation project (eg a project that focuses on preserving woodlands or planting trees) can help you feel a sense of achievement and overall well-being.  Contact you local country park to see how you can get involved.
  • Looking after farm animals (care farming) can also provide a sense of well-being.  For example looking after large wild stock or small animals.  Research shows that it can help improve mood and overall self esteem.
  • Fishing can also help bring a sense of calm and help to relieve stress and tension.  Fishing helps the mind to calm down and bring about relaxation.  By doing this the mind can focus just on the act of fishing and not about all the deadlines in life that may need to be met.
We need to move beyond the idea of 'environment' and fall back in love with Mother Earth - Nhat Hanh
We need to move beyond the idea of 'environment' and fall back in love with Mother Earth - Nhat Hanh


 
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