Over the past few weeks, I had been so busy with organising a few things that I forgot to take some time out to just relax and do nothing to quiet my mind. Lately, I’ve been finding it hard to get up in the mornings (which isn’t like me at all) and drinking coffee (something I had previously tried to give up) isn’t making much difference in helping me perk up either.
I’m not sure if it’s the summer heat which is affecting me because I’m usually a ‘morning person’ and I get up no later than 6.30 AM. I have been staying up quite late recently and it was clear to me that the stressful projects I have taken on are taking their toll on me so I decided to take a break on Sunday and take a last minute trip to The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company to get some much needed downtime.
The farm started growing high quality wedding confetti flowers 21 years ago. Not only are the flowers naturally beautiful, they are also biodegradable. The most popular confetti flowers are delphiniums and cornflowers but more recently, they have added wildflowers, rose petals, lavender and hydrangeas. The field where the flowers bloom is in Wyke Manor Estate every summer. The confetti field is only open to the public for one week each year.
We were blessed with nice and clear blue skies when we went to visit the confetti field. This summer 2018 has been hotter than usual and we haven’t had this kind of summer heat for years. As soon as we got there, I was blown away by the beautiful colours of the flowers. Being out in nature always brings me peace and serenity. I felt as if I was in flower heaven.
While I was out exploring the flowers in the field, I wasn’t just blown away by what I saw, I was surprised with how refreshed, calm and peaceful I felt within while I was there and even after we left. Although it was so hot, I enjoyed being out in the sun so that I can get some much needed Vitamin D which helps promote bone and dental health. The sun is a natural mood booster too.
A lot of of people feel as though it’s hard to get some peace and quiet. Many of us are troubled by things which have happened in the past, and things which we are worried about in the future. Many of us forget to honour the present moment and often, we are too blind to see the beauty that is outside of the four walls we decided to lock ourselves in.
I used to think that I would get more energy if I did nothing but I was wrong. Sitting around thinking we’re reserving energy is actually doing nothing for us but drain our energy even more. The less you move, the more lethargic you will feel. In the summer, it’s easy to crave for midday naps but this isn’t good when we’re trying to boost our energy levels. Exercise helps to boost endorphins in the brain which are hormones which help us feel good and energised. I was walking around the fields for two hours but didn’t even realise. When we’re outdoors, we are out exploring without noticing how many steps we have actually taken and how much time we have actually spent moving.
It was also great to smell the fresh breeze and the wonderful smells of the flowers that surrounded us. I felt like I was somewhere so pure and natural. I took a few moments to take deep breaths and my body felt relaxed and invigorated.
When I was around the flowers, my mind was thinking of nothing but the beautiful surroundings. It felt great to switch my mind off from all the other tasks and plans I had for the future. I enjoyed being in the present moment. There was so much to see so I found myself focusing on the tiny details of the flowers in bloom; not the details of next week’s agenda and meetings.
We all do it… We worry about things which haven’t happened yet. We even worry about things which we’re not sure about and I often think I’m so silly to waste my time and energy over things I can’t control.
Being around nature isn’t about finding another distraction to take my mind off the things I should think of. Of course, we need to plan ahead but we deserve some time away from over thinking and over working. Being out in nature isn’t the same distraction as being on social media, watching a movie or playing a video game. It’s much more real than that.
It’s about being surrounded by things which are alive. It’s about being in touch with our humanity within.
I also switched off my mobile phone the whole time we were there. Although it’s also a popular photo shoot location and we took a lot of photos ourselves, we made sure that we were not too engrossed with taking photographs. I didn’t post any pictures on social media or do a live video while we were there. Switching off from social media allowed us to focus all of our attention and centre our mind.
Nature helps us connect with out surroundings and remain grounded. Whenever I’m out exploring outdoors, I feel like I connect to my roots and I feel as though all the superficial and stressful things we worry about seem so insignificant.
Nature is a gift…a truly wonderful gift that we must not waste, no matter the weather or season so go out and explore as much as you can. When you remind yourself to stay grounded, be one with nature and the present moment, it’s impossible to be unhappy.
I love spending days like the one I spent at the confetti field. I live for the incredible feelings the experience made me feel. I was filled with so much love while I was there, walking hand in hand with my loving fiance.
Looking out the horizon, I realised how life is truly a gift and a blessing… My mother always tells me,
‘Anak, masarap mabuhay…’
and indeed my dear mother is right.
Life is good…
What I’m Wearing:
Black Bardot Playsuit from Miss Selfridge- £30
Black Wedge Sandals from Tesco- £16
Summer Hat From Warehouse- £35
Diamond Earrings from Goldsmiths
Face: Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation £32
Blush: Sleek Blush in Pink Mint -£10
Eyebrows: Loreal Brow Kit -£9.99
Lips: Lanolips in Rhubarb- £8.16
Hawaiian Tropic Duo Defence SPF 30 Lotion- £14
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