Just be silent and listen… So many of us are overwhelmed with anxiety and worry. Sometimes we just need to sit still and listen, remember what is important in life. Maybe because being in nature is such a big part of Finnish people’s lives, as we are taught this already at a young age, it becomes part of routine even in adulthood. It is known that nature can generate different types of positive emotions, such as calmness, creativity, joy and improve concentration. I can imagine that during the pandemic, spending time outdoors has been one of the key factors enabling people to cope with the stress.
That is why I love the feeling of being at the countryside, as you are constantly surrounded with woodland and water, breathing in the fresh air and soaking in all the goodness from outdoors. You feel it in your lungs and heart. It makes me feel better emotionally and clearly contributes to my physical wellbeing. It is also known to reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. So, I cannot stress enough, but to encourage you to spend time outdoors, may it be in a park, forest or by the sea to clear your mind. At this current moment in time, I feel like I have a sense of peace of mind. Could it be that the second trimester is bringing me a degree of calmness and the fact that I actually am pregnant after all the trying, gives me a sense of ease that is really refreshing.
Still in my linen pj’s, I’ve made myself a frothy decaf cappuccino and walked down to the lake to dip my feet in the cooling waters. It’s only morning but the weather is already warm so it is nice to start the day by soaking my toes in the water. Siena always joins me no matter where I go, and together we gazed into the horizon as the day began to awake. That first sip of morning coffee is the best feeling in the world and pressing the tangy froth against my lips, while there is silence all around me, is a cleansing sensation. I think we sat here for twenty minutes or so, just reflecting on positivity around me and listening to the sounds from nature.
Our wonderful coffee moment by the pier was followed by a walk to the forest to pick some fresh wildflowers for the day. My mother loves flowers as much as I do, so we love to have flowers around us as much as possible. You can see how the sun sparkles through the trees that has not risen completely into the sky. A stone throw away, there’s a little meadow close to our cottage, that has old apple trees, an old barn and a little field filled with different flowers. Here you find bees and butterflies scattered in the long hay and it is the place to go pick some inspiration during different seasons. It’s funny when it comes to color, I prefer most neutral tones, but when it comes to flowers, I do appreciate some color. I picked some blooms into my basket while Siena lay hidden in the hay finding the joy in simple moments like these.