I want to continue to explore the topic of the benefits of nature and natural environments on us.
Research has been done in hospitals that shows patients that looked out on trees and plants as opposed to viewing a brick wall recovered more quickly. Honestly who wouldn't want to look out a window and see a natural environment as opposed to a brick wall or a parking lot? It doesn't help that the colors generally chosen for hospital walls borders on horrid. It just seems logical to me that sick people would want to see some trees or flowers out the window.
Viewing nature requires very little from us. Our everyday life takes energy from us, but natural environments give back. They rejuvenate. We need to concentrate on all our activities like driving or writing an email or report that it mentally drains us. Viewing nature doesn't require us to concentrate. Our minds can switch modes and relax which allows it to refill it's energy required for our other activities.
Many city and apartment dwellers don't have much of a natural view from their homes. This is a condition that would support bringing in house plants or pictures of nature into the home and even your office decor. The workplace shouldn't be left out in a consideration to bring a more natural environment into our lives. Imagine how good you would feel taking a nature break in the middle of the day! Your afternoon would be more energized if you refueled your nature requirement for healthy living.
Stay tuned as next post I want to talk about what other countries are doing as they realize the impact and value that nature has in our lives and surroundings.
Science is proving what many of us have known for a long time. Nature has a positive effect on the human brain. Experiencing nature is good for us!
National Geographic talks about this research in detail in the article This is Your Brain on Nature. Testing is being done and is proving the health benefits of disconnecting for a period of time every week. It's not just good for children to play outside, adults need it just and much.
Like you, I have know the trials of being a busy parent that also works outside the home full time. You are so busy trying to do it all that you don't take the time you need to refresh and rewind. It's hard to find that time to give yourself a nature break.
The testing has also shown that virtual nature also has some of the same positive benefits. Bring nature into your home in some form is beneficial. Hang a few nature photos in your home. Perhaps in your bedroom and take a few minutes before turning off the lights to meditate while focusing on the picture. It just might help you de-stress from the day and it certainly can't hurt to just enjoy a peaceful image.
Does your home reflect you? Your likes? Your creativity? Is it livable? All good questions to keep in mind when you embark on the journey of decorating or designing the rooms in your home.
When you are decorating the rooms in your home you will encounter all sorts of design rules. Use them as guidelines, as a starting point for your own creativity Even when working with a professional designer make sure they are in tune with your creativity so it is you that shines in the end result.
Look for a design that makes you smile when you walk into that room. Perhaps most importantly is the comfort factor. You and your family need to feel comfortable in the room. You need to be able to live in it.
If you can meet those two criteria when designing the rooms in your home you've succeeded in keeping it real.
Holidays have a way of creeping up on us. Before we know it the day is here and we are not ready. But the same holidays happen year after year so somewhere in our minds we are aware of it. We are all so busy that time seems to move faster than we do. This year Mother's Day comes early in May. May 8th to be exact. That's less than a month away.
If you are still searching for or just realized you need that perfect gift consider the gift of flowers that never die. Throw pillows or totes done in flower images are just the thing. The flowers are always there to be enjoyed. They are also something that will be used for years to come. A constant reminder to your mom of your love, aka The Perfect Gift.
I recently returned from a trip to Hong Kong. Although this trip was to spend time with my granddaughter and her parents, I did manage to get out for some photos. The color of the buildings, especially all the apartment buildings, is sure to catch your eye.
My daughter lives in the New Territories, but we did go to the island for an afternoon. This photo is from that afternoon at the Hong Kong Botanical Gardens located in the mid-lands, half way up the peak. The day was warm and humid with overcast skies. Besides all the plants and animals featured at the Botanical Gardens you are surrounded by these fantastic apartment buildings all of them tall and colorful.
One of the things about Hong Kong that always catches my attention is the colors of all the buildings. I never tire of the colors. Pink, aqua, green, blue and more all standing side by side. Add to that the overcast and hazy days and the colors take on soft, muted tones.
It's an amazing region with its own special beauty and some of the best food you will ever have. If you are fond of cityscapes, pictures of them can make a worldly addition to your home.
Learning the rules that relate to your field of artistic endeavor is important. The rules are how we learn what works and why. Learning the rules allows us to grow as an artist.
Once you understand why something works you are able to bend or break that rule successfully. This is how you develop your look or personal artistic style. Learning to manipulate the rules, so that everything still works, is its own art form. It doesn't happen overnight and can require years of work before you can make it work.
It doesn't matter what form your artistic outlet takes be it painting, photography or interior design, you must do the work first. Learn how to create the basics of your art form. Everyone must first understand the rules. Only then can you successfully make your personal artistic style and statement shine.
Are you an artist? How have you learned to break the rules successfully?
Yes, there are some blessings to be found in the task of moving from one home to another.
1. You find little things you forgot about. This can be a fun trip down memory lane.
2. It's like Spring cleaning on a grand scale. Everything is fresh and clean when you move in.
3. You can do a mini-redecorate. My last move I changed colors in my bedroom with a new bedspread and pillows. Small things that gave my room a new fresh look.
4. Great discounts from local stores. When you change your address with the US Post Office many local stores send you 'Welcome to the neighborhood' coupons and discounts.
5. You can lighten your load. Moving gives you the opportunity to donate items you no longer use to a local charity.
While none of us enjoy the act of moving we can find some benefits and blessings of touching everything we own as we carefully pack it for the move. What hidden blessing have you encountered while moving? Share them in the comments.
Have you ever realized how much yellow there is in nature. Spring, Summer and Fall all seem to have their own signature shades of yellow. So in honor of Spring, yellow is my color of the week, maybe even the month!
Yellow is the most reflective color there is. Which would make it a great color for a dark hallway or any dark area in your home that you want to brighten.
Even on gray cloudy days the yellow flowers in the garden just seem to pop. In the home gray can help calm down some of the brightness of yellow that makes people shy away from using it. For that reason you will see gray, yellow and cream used together often in fashion and home decor. The colors balance out each other.
Enjoy the bounty of yellow flowers that Spring has to offer. Trust Mother Nature and bring a field of Yellow Cone Flowers in to adorn your walls. All the beauty of nature without any allergies!
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.