Are you currently living seasonally? Lockdown life has changed so many of us, it has certainly changed me! In this post you will learn what I mean by living seasonally and what the benefits are. I will then share my thoughts and my story.
What does living seasonally mean?
To live seasonally, you are slowing down and reconnecting with the earth. Now that may sound a bit odd, but hear me out first! Most of us had been living in such a fast-paced world that many of us forgot about the earth that we are living on. Heaters and air conditioning can be used to never notice the changes in seasons. We can buy any type of food imported from all over the world, never needing to know what is in season.
We could spend all our time inside buildings, houses, offices, never venturing outside into nature. I am so guilty of all of these things until life changed when lockdown forced me to slow down and gave me extra time to think about things.
So, living seasonally is all about reconnecting to the Earth’s natural rhythm. Taking time to get outside and notice the changing seasons. The natural beauty that is all around us, just waiting to be discovered. Taking some time away from screens and technology to read or just do nothing!
Easy ways that you can start living seasonally
There are no right or wrong ways, you are free to make your own path, but here are some easy ways to start reconnecting with the Earth and its seasons should you so wish.
- Eating seasonally. Knowing what fruit and veg are in season. You could even have a go at growing some of your own.
- Decorating seasonally. Changing up some of your home accessories to match the changing seasons is a nice way of keeping up with the changing planet.
- Spending time outside. Even if just ten minutes a day.
- Family walks in forests or woods and visits to the beach. Activities that connect you and your family to nature such as scavenger hunts, geocaching, leaf rubbings, collecting seashells, and crabbing.
- Making small changes to reduce your waste and be kinder to the planet.
- Reducing some of your screen time so that you have more time to think about things and perhaps try some mindfulness or yoga.
What are the benefits of living seasonally?
- It can save you money
- You can improve your mental health
- It can improve your physical health
- It can save the planet!
Knowing and buying seasonal fruit and veg can save money as they are often cheaper due to not having to be imported. Growing your own is even cheaper, but it can take a bit of time and energy, especially if you have never gardened before!
Making changes to reduce your waste and consumption of products can also save you money as you reduce what you buy and repurpose things you have.
Days out crabbing and geocaching are significantly cheaper than days out to theme parks and arcades.
Improve mental health
The NHS recommends mindfulness in their five steps to mental wellbeing campaign. They say that being more present ‘in the moment’ and paying attention to what is happening and how you are thinking and feeling can have a positive effect on your mental health.
The Charity Mind has lots of information that supports being outside and connecting with nature to having a big positive impact on a person’s mental health.
Improve physical health
Being outside in nature also positively impacts a person’s physical health as well. It can reduce your feelings of stress which we know can impact physical health. It can also help you to be more active which again will help you physically as well as mentally.
Save the planet
Reducing your consumption of products and plastic will have a positive impact on the environment. As will eating seasonally as it reduces the need for shops to import goods which cuts down emissions from transporting the goods.
Since I have been living more seasonally I have noticed a big difference in my mental health and overall happiness. I am by no means perfect, I am not a vegan eco-warrior! Hats off to those that are, but I do not have the willpower for that! However, what I have found is that making small changes to my behaviour little by little can make a big impact.
When my kids were young, I would make an extra effort to make sure that they learned about nature and spent time outside, but when they got older it is as if I thought that it was normal for them to not spend time in nature as they were growing up. I feel that this was a mistake on my part, so I have been making my thirteen-year-old spend more time outside and go for walks etc.
To start with there was much resistance, but that quickly changed, so it was worth the extra effort. I home school so we now learn from the garden when the weather permits and just that one simple change has already had a big impact on my teen’s mental health and happiness too.
Too often we take the planet for granted. It is easy to get swept up in the latest technology or material things that ‘everyone’ has. I’m not saying that we should never buy anything again, we should throw away our phones and laptops, or that we should smash our TVs. I enjoy all of these things but the key is balance.
What do you think? Do you live seasonally or are you going to start making changes now? I would love to hear your thoughts.