Connecting with nature.

Welcome to the third Saturday of our ‘6 Saturdays of self care’.

In this week’s article I’m going to talk about a simple (and free) way of practising self-care, which is to get away from it all and take a walk in nature.

It is so nice to connect with nature and breathe in the fresh air. It gives us quiet time to think and unwind, bringing peace and a feeling of calm.

Even when it is cold, there is something cosy about getting wrapped up, feeling the elements, connecting with the sights and sounds of the outdoors, then getting cosy under a blanket with a nice warm drink when you get home.

Being outdoors and in nature reduces feelings of anxiety and anger and increases calmness and balance.

Studies have shown that being in nature can reduce stress and help you to rejuvenate your mind and body.

Exposing your mind to it’s restorative environment (generally the great outdoors) is one way to get your mind back into gear, if you are suffering with mental fatigue.

Having a new puppy is more of a reason for me to get out walking, but getting that outdoor experience with the girls is also something I love to do. Walking, chatting, laughing and getting out in beautiful scenery – it’s just the best tonic.

My gorgeous puppy Diesel and a hard walk up Wansfell Pike with my girls (back when we could get together!)

Did you know that exposure to the outdoors can also help your physical well-being by reducing blood pressure, heart rate and the production of stress hormones?

It really does and here are some of the reasons why:-

o Taking in Vitamin D –this can elevate mood, improve blood flow and reduce the risk of serious diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

o You get a good night’s sleep-sunlight helps to regulate the production of melatonin and the right amount means you will sleep better, feeling better for it the next day.

o Being in nature, rather than being tuned in to social media or the TV, means you can get away from everything, which means you can unwind, focus your mind to more positive things and relax your body.

o Your body does not need to work as hard to get the oxygen it needs in outdoor environment, this reduces Blood Pressure.

o Breathing fresh air can help regulate your levels of serotonin and promote happiness, therefore having a positive effect on your well-being.

o Physical activity increases endorphins (feel good chemicals) which enable you to feel calm and boost positive feelings.

Here is a recent pic of myself and my best friend,

walking in the quirky Fairy Glen in Appley Bridge, Wigan. It is such a beautiful place. 

Of course I am wearing my The Butterfly in me, “Being me” hoodie, which was perfect for walking at this time of year.  Sometimes a hoodie is just enough, or it’s nice to throw under a coat or a gilet on colder days.

This hoodie is inspired by positivity, it has a feel good message and is ethically made, which makes it super comfy. Look good, feel good and do your bit for the environment!

You can buy one of my hoodies for £35.00 including UK delivery in sizes small, medium, large and extra large. Just check out my links which would have been in the social media post and you will find my hoodies ☺️

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and most importantly do what works for you to practice your self care.

Love and positive vibes –

Angela, founder of ‘The Butterfly in me’

Angela Hanley