For Mothers Day, kids will spend time with their moms. Will there be some time with Mother Nature for Mothers Day?
This weekend, some families will make mom a special breakfast. Other families may go out for brunch or dinner. Flowers are very popular for moms too. But how about some nature time?
Instead of breakfast in bed, the family could take mom for a picnic. Muffins, fruit salad, sticky buns, and iced tea are easy to make and pack. Take along a tablecloth, dishes, and a blanket or lawn chairs. If it’s a lunch picnic, you could add in some salads, cold meats, fancy bread or rolls, and yummy desserts. Not on the menu but important nevertheless are hats and sunscreen.
Does Mom have a favorite park or outdoor area? Weeks can be hectic so a walk can be time to unwind. We all need that. Many communities have wonderful gardens full of spring flowers. These may have admission costs so are like a nature present.
A Mothers Day nature adventure might be to go on a wilderness hike or take a boat ride. It’s maybe a little early in the year for outdoor swimming, but could be a good time for beachcombing. Dads aren’t the only ones that like to fish, some moms like to do that too. Especially if someone else cleans and cooks them. A sunny day with a bit of a breeze is great for a bike ride or flying a kite.
Time in nature has so many benefits. Being outside gives energy levels a boost and reduces stress and anxiety. For the body, nature time lowers pulse and blood pressure, and for the brain, it increases calm brain waves. For both children and adults, a connection to nature restores our own nature. We are more creative and positive after being in the nature-zone.
Spending some time with Mother Nature for Mothers Day is a gift for the whole family. What can your family do?