Nature is a tricky mistress, isn’t she? While we deal with the challenging aspects, like global pandemics, we are also heavily reliant on nature for our positive health and wellbeing. At Flinders, we are making the most of spectacular autumn weather, heading outside early and coming in late. We continue to share meals outdoors, to use the outdoors as a location for learning, and to ensure free-flow between the indoor and outdoor environments as much as possible.
Nature provides us with solace and comfort. Getting out into the fresh air, into wild spaces, have been shown to improve wellbeing and mental health. It is an essential part of our self-care, especially as we navigate uncertain times.
As we head towards the Easter long weekend, many of us are no doubt missing our previously planned trip away, which no longer fits into government recommendations regarding essential travel. But there are still some things that we can do to break the monotony of home and connect with the natural world:
- Set up your tent in the backyard and have a sleepout
- Take a walk in your local National Park or Conservation Park. Whilst many facilities are closed, taking a walk through your local park is a great way to get out into the fresh air. You can find out more details on the Parks SA website
- Try your hand at nature weaving
- Go on a nature scavenger hunt in your backyard or on a neighbourhood walk
We wish you a peaceful long weekend with your family.