April 22, 2016

Love Your Mother

We made it out to Tampa's plant festival with some friends last week. We saw tons of exotic plants, drank freshly squeezed juice, and picked herbs. We decided on basil, mint, and catnip for our kitties. The day was so relaxing and I'm excited to be able to add extra flavor to our dishes directly from our porch again.

There's just something soothing about nature--the gentle rustle of leaves, the fragrance of wood, the texture of soil, the biodiversity, the connection you experience as you breath deeply. You feel like you're part of something bigger, calmer, kinder there.

There's also scientific research of countless health benefits to going outside such as lowering stress levels, anxiety, and depression. It can improve your outlook and focus by giving your brain a break from everyday over stimulation according to a study by Psychological Sciences. Vitamin D exposure also improves your immune system. Tokyo's Nippon Medical School found that women who spent six hours outdoors over the course of two days displayed increased virus and tumor fighting white blood cells and that affect lasted up to 7 days post wilderness exposure. In addition, going outside gives your eyes a well deserved break from screens, which can prevent computer vision syndrome. Fresh air usually also leads to fresh ideas by increasing our creativity. And get this, you get more shut eye when you spent time outdoors since our circadian rhythm is tied to the sun's schedule

If you're a tree huger like me, you don't need much convincing to appreciate the outdoors. Apart from the benefits mentioned, the Earth provides us with nourishment for our bodies and oxygen. Considering all this, we could protect this incredible place we call home a little bit better. I challenge you to celebrate it by sharing the importance of it's conservation and adding one environmentally friendly choice to your routine. You can check out Central Florida's Earth Day Festival tomorrow if you're interested in learning more about environmental preservation and sustainable living.  Hopefully we'll get a chance to get our hands a little dirty, too. 

Happy Earth Day!

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