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Winter Into Spring

Posted by Beth Tiefenauer on
Winter Into Spring

As the weather is turning from winter into spring we find more opportunities to be outside. While adapting to all the new "normals", include moving yourself, your family, and your friends to the open air or outdoor living concept of "Friluftsliv". Layer your clothing and head outside, while also being prepared for the wet weather that may come in at any time.

The heart of Friluftsliv is being one with nature. While you are out take the time to slow down and enjoy your surroundings. Look at the different terrains, the vibrant colors, and the new growth that shouts spring is coming. Breathe the fresh air and melt your stress and tension away.

Turn outside time with the kids and/or grandkids into a game. Who can spot the most different types of plants, birds, fish, or whatever. What animals use which habitats? Use those games to teach them about nature-a disguised science lesson or field trip possibly.

Again, you don't always have to dedicate a week or travel far away. Take a walk in some of the local parks or hiking trails. Pack a lunch and make a day of it. Put your tent up in your backyard and take a long look at the sky. The stars are brighter out of town but see what you can find. Picking outside and moving instead of another hour in front of some screen will pay off in so many ways. You will feel mentally and physically so much better! Stay safe out there!

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