Nature Restores Balance
I am yet to meet a parent who isn’t concerned about the amount of time their children spend staring at and scrolling screens … and I can understand why.One of the main reasons (although there are many, many more) we keep screen time to minimum in our house is because technology can disrupt our internal body clocks, which is often referred to as our circadian rhythm.
Our circadian (pron: sir-kay-de-un) rhythm is a 24-hour cycle that tells our bodies when to sleep and regulates many other physiological processes. This internal body clock is affected by environmental cues such as sunlight and can be easily disrupted by artificial light from devices such as televisions, computers, phones and tablets.
However as Autumn begins I also understand how much more of a challenge it can be to tempt your family outdoors … so here are a few fun FREE ideas to help encourage your kids away from all that artificial blue light and back into the healing power of natural light.
- Play naughts and crosses outside, using a large piece of paper with the grid drawn on it and pine cones or conkers for the naughts and twigs laid on top of each other for the crosses.
- Go apple picking and then make apple chips by slicing apples very thinly, lightly spraying with coconut oil and dusting with cinnamon before baking in the oven.
- Collect different shades of autumn leaves and create displays. The most colourful wins.
If you have any more ideas of fun things to do to help reconnect your family to nature (especially at this autumnal time of the year) feel free to leave comments in the box below … and to find out more about restoring balance naturally, why not consider joining one of our Kinesiology Foundation courses where we constantly remind you how clever nature is and how healthy we are meant to feel.