Weekends should be a time to reset, right? After a long week at school or at the office, we all usually look forward to the weekend. With TGIF’s and Happy Friday’s thrown around, it seems as if we as individuals seek to have a break from the hustle and bustle that the week brings. Maybe you look forward to sleeping in or maybe your child looks forward to a break from homework. Either way, weekends are a coveted time for many families.
However, sometimes weekends don’t give us the time we need to reset, but instead, feel as busy as the weekdays. If you have sporting events or dinner parties, you may enjoy those moments, but you have to admit, slowing down and stopping to smell the roses has therapeutic properties, too. And, if you want to truly maximize your time off without the busyness, there are things that you can do as a family to enjoy the weekends right there at home. Plus, they won’t take up too much time while getting the greatest benefit.
This month we will look at these four ways to reset and reconnect:
- Taking nature walk breaks
- Getting outdoors
- Baking or cooking together
- Trying something new
This week, we will focus on the benefits of taking nature walk breaks.
Nature Walk Breaks
Taking breaks can help relieve stress, which can benefit your family’s mental health and well-being. On the weekend, you may not think that you need to take breaks, but think about it this way, your child may be spending a lot of time in their room or in front of a screen or device. Or maybe they are spending a considerable amount of time participating in a scheduled activity. Either way, taking a break can offer a sense of relief from long periods of time spent doing one type of activity, and going on a nature walk is a great way to do this.
Going on a nature walk can be fun and planned or it can be as simple as you want it to be, but here are some ways to get grounded during your nature walk breaks.
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt to find interesting things in the outdoors.
- Take binoculars in order to observe the habits of very small bugs.
- Bring paper and a peeled crayon to do leaf or bark rubbings.
- Observe and discuss what you see, hear, and smell.
- Gather nature materials and use them to make a small project at home.
- Walk quietly and simply notice nature that you had not noticed before.
These are all great ways to connect to the Earth and environment around you while giving your family a sense of appreciation for living things. Finally, notice how you feel after you return home from your nature walk. Little mindful activities like this go a long way in the grand scheme of things. In the parenting long game, this type of activity will definitely imprint enjoyable memories that your children will remember from spending time with you.
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