Health & Wellness
What speaks to you when it comes to your health and wellness?
My Top 3
- The Natural
- Going on an Adventure
- Relaxation & Rest
You can bring nature inside or head out into the Great Outdoors! The fauna and flora. The green spaces to the mountains to the sandy beaches to everything in between. The fresh air!
There is just something about natural light that brightens your whole, well being! The sunlight. The warmth. The brain gets a boost and the mood gets a lift!
Do you ever stop and just take in all the colors of the fruits and veggies available? The freshness and ripeness of the fruits and veggies in season. Wandering through an orchard or a pick your own garden. The creativity and experimentation that comes from trying, preparing, cooking, and tasting fruits and veggies!
Think About . . .
- Activity and motion.
- The weather and the seasons.
- What are you eating?
Going on an Adventure
When was the last time you went on an adventure? To escape, wander and get lost. To get curious and explore. To release your inner kid and play, laugh and have fun!
Experiencing growth and gaining life experiences! Tuning into your creative being and tapping into your potential, talents and gifts. Learning about your interests and developing hobbies. Making those moments that you savor and cherish as life long memories!
Think About . . .
- Your energies.
- Sociability and community.
- What excites you?
R & R
Making the time for some much needed R&R is good for your whole, well being too! To make time for yourself. To get a good, full nights rest. To wake up naturally with nothing scheduled!
It may play a part in your natural healing for better health and wellness! How you communicate and connect with yourself. How you interact and engage with yourself. It can be grounding and healing!
Think about . . .
- Your comfort.
- “Me” time.
- What are you looking forward to?
(Photos by RSheridan)
Here’s to Discovering What Helps Your Whole, Well Being Naturally Heal.
Where the “Wild” Things Are
Driving into the park was quite the experience! That feeling that you have truly left the city life behind in taking a left off the main drag and entered a unique space (aka the swamp). Such a special place to explore and adventure within. You just want to take your time here and look for the special and the unique as well as the wild and the exotic!
Lettuce Lake Regional Park. A 240-acre park just outside the city limits of Tampa. The park opened in 1982.
Location: 6920 East Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, Florida. Admission: $2 per car. Hours: Spring/Summer 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Fall/Winter 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Do not forget to pack!
- Good walking shoes.
- Sunscreen and cool clothing.
- Bug spray.
A Hardwood Swamp Forest
- Visitor Center (an interpretive center with natural history and wildlife exhibits). Education programs available.
- The Audubon Resource Center (ARC) is operated by the Tampa Audubon Society in the visitor center.
- Trails and boardwalks – walking, hiking, biking.
- Picnic areas with picnic tables as well as shelters (some shelters are reservable). Barbecue grills.
- Fitness course.
- Fishing with a dock/pier.
- Canoe/kayak launch with rentals.
- River access.
- Birdlife and wildlife watching.
Pretty much something for everyone that visits!
I loved exploring the fauna and flora as well as the birdlife and wildlife from the boardwalk! The boardwalk is 3,500 feet with an observation tower. Pets are not permitted on the boardwalk.
On the Boardwalk
Water is Key to this Environment/Habitat
More than half of the park’s property lies in the natural floodplain of the Hillsborough River. A natural storage reservoir for floodwater and improves water quality, which acts like a biological filter to remove excess nutrients from the water. Due to the recent rains and flooding some of the boardwalk was under water. The water was pretty clear and could see water plants, bugs, fishes, etc.
Gator(s) – Plural
This sign needs to say, “Beware of Alligators”!
Can you spot the gator?
Taking a Nap
This one was just hovering in the water.
Popping the head up.
Swimming towards the people on the boardwalk.
A Favorite Photo (Photos by RSheridan)
Here’s To Exploring Natural Environments – Enjoy!
Your Natural Rhythm
I have been enjoying my journey of self and it amazes me what I keep within myself at times! It is like you have discovered a jigsaw puzzle within yourself that you are slowly putting together piece by piece. Sometimes two or more pieces just CLICK! Then something you have been discovering or struggling with just becomes so much clearer due to that click.
Due to these CLICKS I have been trying to really tap into what already exists within myself! It is a little scary at times with a twist of excitement too. I feel that tapping into what already exists within myself is just finding that “natural rhythm” that I have put on the down low for years! Most of this has come about in trying to figure out how to lessen the stress in my life lately.
It is such a beautiful connection to make and have in your life! You become more aware on a daily basis. You find that “natural rhythm” that you DID NOT know was missing in your life! Talk about connecting with your emotions in a good way.
Have you ever thought about what the 4 seasons means to you and your body? Think of awakening in Spring, think of full of life in Summer, think harvesting and reaping (the rewards) in Fall, and think solitude in Winter. It is about connecting to that harmony and finding balance for yourself from the inside out!
Do you ever find yourself so stressed and so out of whack and maybe even a little out of control? It is your body’s way of telling you that you are out of sync! You have to tune into that, lessen the stress and get back on track. Otherwise that bad cycle will continue to wear on your body as well as your mind and spirit. That is not good and certainly not healthy for you!
(Photos by RSheridan)
Here’s to Nurturing Your Body, Stimulating Your Mind & Connecting to Your Spirit!!!