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All the joys of spring - tips to enjoy nature & the outdoors

Jane Franks Read 194 times

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With the clocks about to go forwards in March, it’s time to dust off the cobwebs and emerge from our winter hibernation. As we see the signs of spring again ushering in a new season, Radfield Home Care Milton Keynes understands that enjoying the outdoors and getting physical activity when possible, in line with current Covid-19 restrictions, is so important for us all.

Engaging in new hobbies that involve the outdoors helps to ensure we keep that essential connection with things around us. Whether that’s sitting in a warm spot in the early spring sun taking in our surroundings or having a walk around the garden to spot the first signs of the daffodils poking through.

Radfield Home Care Milton Keynes have some ideas for you to try out this spring…

Welcoming the dawn chorus


As the season changes from winter to spring we are visited by an array of new wildlife and they can also be hard to miss, particularly the start of the dawn chorus. Welcomed by some but not by others depending on the time you usually wake, our feathered friends become more active as they try to keep their territories safe and attempt to attract other birds. The early risers you may hear are likely to be robins, skylarks, song thrushes and blackbirds - you can even listen to recordings such as this one in the Brecon Beacons.

Organisations such as the RSPB are keen for us to consider birds visiting our gardens and to supply them with food, providing essential sustenance and also encouraging other birds into the garden. Have you perhaps considered setting up a bird box to welcome birds in and provide safe shelter during the nesting season? Useful guides are available to help you choose and set up your bird box - it can be such a rewarding experience watching the hatchlings make their way into the world.

Simple changes can herald big differences, whatever type of garden you may have. A pair of bird watching binoculars means you can also enjoy all nature has to offer from the comfort of your own home - try setting a daily pattern to see what’s new each day.

Stepping out into nature


Seeing the emerging buds on the trees promising signs of early blossom and new life is something of great pleasure to most. Switching our view to things happening outside has proven health benefits and also provides a sense of connection with something greater than our own four walls.

The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or ‘forest bathing’ as it is known in the UK, is a fantastic wellbeing activity and involves observing nature around you whilst breathing deeply - enjoying the views of trees, the calm and the quiet. A report compiled by the Forestry Commission’s Forest Research division, concluded that it can have significant positive impact on physical and mental health and overall wellbeing.

Star gazing


Even with the onset of dusk becoming slightly later, we are able to see the fantastic night sky with the naked eye and often in great detail with just a pair of binoculars. No expensive equipment is required and it can be done in your own garden or a local park. There are many groups who are keen to attract new members and whether you are a complete ameutuer or more experienced there is something out there for you.

Groups such as Go Stargazing offer great start up advice and a helpful online calendar showing when the best times to stargaze will be in any given month. The sense of awe offered by looking up at the night sky has been proven to help people step out of their day to day lives by giving them a positive appreciation that they are part of something larger - lifting minds and reconnecting us with nature.

Radfield Home Care Milton Keynes is passionate about enabling clients to carry on with the important things that they enjoy and to explore new activities - whatever the season. Clients are empowered to stay connected and to embrace new possibilities, helping to reduce isolation and leading to better mental and physical wellbeing. Radfield’s exceptional home care professionals pride themselves on getting to know their clients, providing individualised home care support that ensures clients lives are enriched. This also gives important reassurance to clients’ loved ones that they are living life to the full.


If you would like to find out more about Radfield Home Care and the home care support services offered, you can visit www.radfieldhomecare.co.uk or the branch directly on miltonkeynes@radfieldhomecare.co.uk or 01908 464 466.


 

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