Wow- this week really flew by in a blur. I honestly feel like it was just yesterday that I was writing this post on gratitude…I don’t know how it is Friday again already.

But it is Friday, which means it’s time for another One Simple Change post- the 18th in my year-long series of holistic lifestyle tips.

Today I want to talk about connecting to nature.

I’m sure that if I tried, I could find scientific studies which have established that connecting to nature is beneficial to our health and overall well-being. But I don’t need someone in a lab coat to confirm this fact for me. It’s something I just know.

I know it because of how I feel when I go for a hike or a walk in the woods. I know it because of how I feel after I spend time in my garden. I know it because of how I feel when I simply sit on my porch in the spring, surrounded by as many flowers as possible.

How about you? Do you find that connecting to nature helps you feel healthier? Happier? Do you make an effort to connect to nature? How do you do so? As always, I’d love to here whether you are “in” to this week’s One Simple Change.

ps Tomorrow is Food Revolution Day…a day meant to inspire people to celebrate real food, scratch cooking, and a healthier lifestyle. I love the idea…don’t you?


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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — May 18, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    A little secret: sometimes when I’m walking outside I’ll just take a moment look up at the trees blowing in the wind. It never ceases to bring a smile to my face.

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    Kimmy @ Lighter and Local — May 18, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

    I try to do this whenever possible. We have a gorgeous park right around the corner from the house where I walk the pugs. It’s really quiet when I go there and I’ll often just breathe and look around. It’s so important, and changes the course of the rest of the day.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 18, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

    Love that pansy shot! I find that spending time outdoors instantly soothes me. I’m fortunate to live in CA and be surrounded by tremendous natural beauty, even just a few steps out the door.

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    Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife — May 18, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    I also love to be outside. My favorite way to appreciate nature is hiking. The mos beautiful things on earth are made by Mother Nature.

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    Francie — May 19, 2012 @ 6:19 am

    Our half acre yard backs up on woods and a pond. With the help of a local nursery that specializes in native plants, my husband and I transformed it into a bird and butterfly sanctuary. As I sit here this early morning with the door open I hear the cardinals singing their mating song, and know that in a few minutes I will be watching bluebirds, cardinals, chickadees, titmice, Carolina wrens, downy woodpeckers and a host of other birds begin their day at our feeders. Each season has its own special gift. This time of year we get to release monarch, fritillary and black swallowtail butterflies that we have raised in hatching tents, watch fledgling birds try out their wings for the first time, and harvest fresh vegetables from our garden. No grass, instead a habitat that is healthy for critters and humans both!!

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    the wicked noodle — May 19, 2012 @ 6:53 am

    I just wrote yesterday that I’ve resumed my “gratitude walks” after a week of being sick. I could feel such a difference in my mental state after not having gone on one!

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    Bethesda Locavore — May 19, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    I feel the same way. Nature just restores me. And I find my kids are happiest when they are totally immersed in it too, so I have completely rethought my entire yard … kinda sloppy, but now it restores them too. Love your flower pictures!

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    Paula — May 19, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    I only have to open my front or back door and I’m connected to nature. We live in the country and I’m out of doors a couple of times a day, every day. I love walking in the woods and along the country roads. It is restorative, very much so.

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    Toni — May 20, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    I loved your comments on nature…I live in the city but even there you can find a place to escape & enjoy nature… I can go to a park or lake and truly relax, whether looking at the birds, ducks, landscape or just feeling the breeze and breathing the air…maybe just watching the people & seeing their enjoyment…it is all nature…my family thinks I am crazy but I just smile and feel sorry for them…sad but to each his own

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    Angela@veggievinyasa — May 21, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

    I just love being outside! I went for a walk on my lunch break through the nearby neighborhood. It had rained this morning and the grass and flowers were all dewy. Animals were scurrying about and I caught a bird bathing in a puddle. I was giggling to myself as I headed back to work.

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    Luna — May 24, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    I’ve really been finding this spring that just sitting on my patio in my “garden” – 3 raised beds and a couple of pots of annuals – helps restore me. I set aside time almost every morning to sit there with my cup of tea and just being in the moment. It’s the middle of a busy suburb, but there are still birds to listen to and the sound of a breeze through the trees. There’s also a runoff pond behind our neighborhood and there are egrets, little green herons, and a muskrat that live there. We often walk around the pond after dinner, looking for birds and enjoying the greenness. And from concentrating on being in nature and on being thankful for the beauty around me, I am finding that I am less stressed, less annoyed with the little things.

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    Skylor @sproutlifestyle — June 8, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    My naturopath told me a few weeks ago that I need to get in touch more with my earth side, and to lie in the grass a couple times a week- doing nothing but just lying there. It’s amazing what a difference this can make. Thanks for sharing!