Dec
02
2013

I Need This … and So Do You! (+ My Weekly Plan) 12/2

by Kimberlee Stokes Affiliate Link Disclosure B

You Need Nature - The Peaceful Mom

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You’ve probably heard the saying,”When Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”

So. True.

Well, Mama hasn’t been happy lately because I have not been taking care of myself. One of the things that I regularly enjoyed before we moved in August was my weekly walk at a local botanical garden. Our membership expired just before we moved and I have to drive a few extra miles to get there now, so I had not been back.

Last week I decided to make a visit even though I would have to pay the $10 entrance fee and I had way too much to do.

I am so glad that I did.

I realized during my 2 hour visit that I NEED time in nature. It restores me, centers me and gives me so much peace. It is essential for me to get away from the stress and noise of everyday life. After spending time among the trees and flowers, I felt energized to take on whatever came up.

Interestingly enough, when I returned home, I found a link to research that reveals that we all need time in nature to ensure our well-being.

A series of studies published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that people who spend time outside in nature feel more alive. Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester states, “Research has shown that people with a greater sense of vitality don’t just have more energy for things they want to do, they are also more resilient to physical illnesses. One of the pathways to health may be to spend more time in natural settings,” says Ryan.

I realize that it’s not the best time for outdoor activities where some of you live, but as long as it is not physically dangerous (as in, you will get frostbite if you spend more than five minutes outside), make it a priority to enjoy some time in nature this week. You will feel better physically and mentally.

 

Here is a look at my plan for this week:  

 

PERSONAL- (habits that keep me healthy and happy)

  • walk/run 5 times this week (outside!)
  • daily “Brain Dump”
  • drink 6-8 glasses of water daily
  • take supplements daily

 

PEOPLE- (activities that promote relationship with the people I love)

  • date with my husband
  • driving practice and ice cream with daughter #1
  • date with daughter #2

 

PURPOSE- (tasks that enable me to fulfill my purpose in life)

  • write daily
  • work on new course I am developing
  • encourage as many people as possible

 

PASSION- (activities and experiences which enable me to enjoy life)

  • read at least 1 chapter a day (I have about 20 ebooks I want to read)
  • spend time outside!
  • art journaling

 

PROJECTS- (priority tasks that need to be finished this week)

  • clean garage
  • decorate house for Christmas

  

 

 

As a gift to my readers, you can now print your own customizable Weekly Plan! Click here to subscribe to The Peaceful Mom Weekly eNotes and you will receive access the download link along with my e-book Stress Free Meals and some other fun bonuses.

Click the download link and type  your info for the week into the planner. Once you are done, right click the form to print and check off each task as you complete it.

(You can see all of the FREE printable planners I have available here.)

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  • Jenny

    I live in WI where this time of year is cold and snowy, but it still is amazingly revitalizing to get outside. Many like to go sledding or skiing, or get on snowmobiles. I enjoy walking! Snow absorbs sound, so it is SO incredibly quiet, peaceful, and serene to go for a walk in the early morning before most people are up an moving for the day. My dog loves it too – gets some energy out of him. I bundle up and wear a reflective vest, grab a flashlight, and off we go. Hearing nothing more than the crunching of snow under my boots. If we had a snowfall the night before I will hear snowblowers off in the distance. It’s wonderful! Once home I’m energized and prepare to head out to the office for the day.

    Jenny

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee

      I absolutely LOVE walking in the snow in the morning Jenny! Unfortunately, we live in an area that rarely sees it, but a girl can dream. :)

  • Magda

    Hi Kimberlee;

    This is a VERY helpful! I am wondering how you link this weekly plan to your weekly goals plan template?
    Did you write a blog post about this particular way of outlining your week (personal/people/passion/purpose etc)? I wanted to read a bit more about it, I love that you add pictures and words to it so wanted to do something similar myself.
    Thanks again! Magda (Australia)

    • http://thepeacefulmom.com Kimberlee Stokes

      Hi Magda! I am so glad that you found this helpful. I am not sure if this is what you are looking for but I wrote a bit more detail about my weekly plans here: http://thepeacefulmom.com/get-organized-create-a-weekly-plan/. If that is not what you need, let me know and I will try to help. :)

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