Take time to smell the roses – appreciating the simple things

appreciating the simple things
Take time to smell the roses

The other day I met a friend at Wisley, the RHS gardens near Guildford. We had coffee and cake and talked and walked in the fine rain and the day was bright with diffused light. As longstanding former job share partners we have a really special relationship.  We not only shared a job but we shared our thoughts (both serious and irreverent), insecurities and hopes.  So we have plenty to talk about!

I stayed when my friend went to pick up her children. The sun burned through the mistiness and I walked round with my camera, savouring the beauty of the spring greenness and the vivid colours and trying to capture the essence of it. I spent a long time appreciating and photographing some lovely cerise roses whose colour should be bottled and saved for those dark winter days when life seems to go on in black and white.

We all need to recharge our batteries more or less frequently, depending on how quickly our life charge is being depleted by factors such as stress, anxiety and exhaustion. For me, just being in nature restores me. When I was completely overwhelmed by work I tried to find time to walk through a park or by the river.  I could feel the tension dropping, my muscles unknotting.   Even if you only have 15 minutes, or can tweak your journey to work to find some opportunity for nature therapy, it soothes the soul. In fact a short beauty burst can feel even more precious for being rare.

Appreciating the simple things in life lifts our mood and increases our resilience and ability to cope.  So take time to smell the roses!

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  • Absolutely! The Japanese have given this connection to nature emphasis. Shinrin-yoku is the name given to the Japanese art of “forest bathing,” contemplative walks through the woods that reconnect the individual with nature and can lead to decreased stress, natural mood elevation and even a stronger immune system. I also think that the decline and disapproval of taking some time out of the office at lunch time is not helping. I have suffered from chronic migraines for over 20 years and time out to connect with the world around me is vital to managing my stress levels and migraines. I’m now self employed so able to have time outside as needed – one of the reasons I decided to become self employed!

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