Nature is arguably at its most beautiful come spring. Spring is a season centred around rebirth- flowers are blooming, the first green leaves of the season are appearing, animals are born, and we’re all spring cleaning our lives to start afresh!
What better time than spring to reconnect with nature? The new season provides us with an opportunity to hit “reset” and develop new habits to see us well into the new year, so take the time to embrace the benefits of nature now and enjoy the long term benefits that will take you through to next winter.
The digital detox
On average, Australians spend more than 50 hours each week on their smartphones and over 24 hours per week on desktop. This spring, take the opportunity to have a digital detox. If you’re going away for the weekend with friends and family, why not leave your devices at home or limit them to “emergency only” use? That said, your digital detox need not be this extreme. As spring is a great time to implement a new habit, try starting out by banning any devices during meal times and work up to a completely device-free hour each day to spend getting back in touch with nature.
A digital detox, be it for a long weekend or a new daily practise, has some serious health benefits. Taking time away from a buzzing device, email alerts and bright, artificial screen lighting can help to relieve stress and anxiety and ease your mind into a greater state of relaxation. It also allow you to focus on one task at a time, meaning you’re giving your full attention to the task at hand (even if that task means relaxing!) and increasing your overall productivity. The greatest benefit of a digital detox is that it gives you the opportunity to reconnect, face to face, with your loved ones. Enjoy a digital detox this spring and reacquaint yourself with the art of conversation!
It will also give you far more time to get back to nature, which brings us to our next point…
Rather than spending your “down time” in front of a screen, head into the great outdoors! We are so lucky, particularly in Australia, to be merely a stone’s throw away from beautiful flora and fauna at almost all times- so embrace it! Rather than tuning into Netflix or scrolling through Instagram, head outside and breathe in some fresh air. Take your dog for a run, read a book outside or even treat your loved ones to a picnic! Can’t quite “switch off” from technology? Download an inspiring podcast, pop in your headphones and take yourself for a walk through nature.
Getting outdoors, apart from being FUN, also comes with some impressive health benefits. Spending time in a natural environment can help you de-stress, improve your short term memory, eliminate fatigue, increase your productivity and ability to focus and even help to fight anxiety and depression. The spring sunshine will also work to boost your Vitamin D levels. Exposure to sunlight is a rich source of Vitamin D, a vitamin that aids with bone health and has also been linked to an all ‘round better mood.
Embrace botanical beauty
Reconnecting with nature this spring means more than simply stepping outdoors. Take inspiration from the new season to add nature into your everyday rituals- even those that take place indoors.
Natural, botanical ingredients can work wonders for the skin and are just another way that you can reconnect with nature. Olive Squalene, for example, is a naturally derived ingredient that mimics the skin’s natural emollient layer, working to naturally strengthen the skin’s ability to protect itself from environmental damage and keep its oil levels healthy and balanced. Our other favourite botanical beauty innovations include Kakadu Plum Extract, a potent source of Vitamin C, and Crambe Abyssinica, a plant active rich in Omega-9 Fatty Acid to prevent from moisture loss and dehydration.
Not sure which botanical ingredients will work best for your skin? Start your spring by flicking through our Ingredients Glossary– a guide on Botani’s favourite natural ingredients from Acai Berry through to Xanthan Gum.