How being in nature is important for our health

With the current coronavirus pandemic, now more than ever is an important time to reflect on what is and isn’t helpful to our health.

Many of us will have spent much of this year (other than that important exercise time), being cooped up indoors.

‘So just how detrimental can this be to our health’?

It is proven that staying indoors too much actually affects our immune system as we lack the access to normal microbes that help to build our important defence system.

Staying indoors too much also affects our natural circadian rhythm that controls our innate sleep-wake cycle. This is because of the lack of natural sunlight that enables our body to adjust naturally.

Spending time in nature however has the opposite effect as being in nature naturally relaxes us, improving our overall mood and mental health.

One great example of this is forest therapy (shinrin-yoku) which in Japan is now offered as a part of health prescription and advised for overall health improvement.

Results have actually shown that two hours of mindful exploration in a forest can reduce blood pressure, lower stress levels and improve concentration and memory. 

Pretty amazing results for some enjoyable time in nature.

Whilst working with personal training and coaching clients we often do our session outdoors in parks and it always enhances the positive effect, as clients feel much more relaxed as well as reporting feeling more positive than when just in the gym or training at home.

Overall if we can make a concertive effort to spend more time in nature we will find it having a positive effect on all areas of our life by leading us to feel healthier and happier thus leading to a healthier society. Spending time in nature also provides a great sanctuary for when times get difficult, of which we all have these.

Please don’t just take my word for it. Give it a try for yourself. Try setting in your schedule regular times each week in which you can spend time in nature and see for yourself what a difference it can make.

Enjoy connecting with the beauty of nature and the natural sounds and you may even discover more about yourself.

Nature itself is the best physician’ – Hippocrates

Always here

Don’t be so busy looking

That you miss what is already here

Don’t spend so much time searching 

That you miss what is always here

For the truth has always been here

The truth is always right here

Let go of looking

See all that is,

Simply be here ❤❤❤

~ M.L Adams

Ten lessons from ten years

Life is full of ups and downs and always has much to teach us. It may be full of trials and tribulations, joys and journeys yet we can always grow from them ♡

These are my top ten lessons from the last ten years;

1. Always trust your intuition;  Our inner guide is based on our higher mind,perception and experience. It is the greatest teacher we ever and always have.

2. Always have faith; No matter how tough things get your faith will get you through. People come and go and do as they do but faith rises above it all.

3. Seek out guides with experience; There are many people out there that offer help and advice but unless they have actual experience it unfortunately is not always helpful. Those with experience in what you need can always guide you well and in a healthy way.

4. Seek your own experience; Try all before you buy don’t just take someone’s word for it. Get to know a person before listening to what they or others say about them.

5. Do what feels right for you; There is never any point staying in a situation where you are made to feel bad uncomfortable or unworthy for any reason.

6. Respect yourself first; To truly be respected we have to do so for ourselves first and sometimes that means leaving difficult situations.

7. Enjoy each day and moment; It’s the small things that really matter. Make each day count.

8. You can always make a difference; Within our own sphere of the world we are always able to make a difference and that itself has a ripple effect.

9. Focus on what you are grateful for; This is one of the most powerful practices I have applied in the last 10 years. No matter what is happening there is always many things to be grateful for.

10. Do what you love; Everyday is an opportunity to do what we love and in doing so we can help others too ♡

I hope you find these useful and can apply some if they are helpful to you. Please do share yours also, it would be great to hear from you. I wish you all a great, peaceful and joyful 2020.

Much Love

Miranda ♡

Success

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Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it.

For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself.

Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge.

Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it

~ Victor E Frankl