‘Do you know of a good health app?’ asks a client.
‘Yes, yes I do’, I say, ‘it’s called nature.’
It teaches you to wake up as it gets light and sleep as it goes dark. It makes you want to be more active when the days are long and quieter and more restful in the winter or the darker hours. It makes you want to eat fresh green leaves and sun-swollen fruit in the summer and comfort yourself with thick, warm stews when autumn arrives.
‘It’s hard to do that when we work’, he says.
‘It is’. I say.
But it is the only way, because the life of 24/7 neon is leading to exhaustion, anxiety, addiction, disconnection, overconsumption. It leads us to drink alcohol to sleep, caffeine to help us rise, sugar to keep us going when we are exhausted. It leads us to buying stuff we don’t need to help us feel better, keeps us online rather than walking through the woods with friends, talking for real.
And it isn’t just external nature, it is our own nature which can lead the way.
Working with our menstrual cycles; sometimes social, sometimes needing quiet and rest. Owls, larks, siesta snoozers; some of us can think sharp in the dawn, while others are peaking at dusk.
‘I need to think sharp all day… I have to work to pay’. (And this changes for everyone and is the same) Pay for: the bigger car, the newer sofa, the afterschool club for the kids who I only see when we are all tired and bickering…
‘The thing is’, I say, ‘no app can change your life, it can guide you, remind you, you have to decide to live differently’.
Start by tweaking and adjusting around the edges at first;
- walking in our breaks
- opening windows
- sitting in the sun
- working flexibly
- walking to work
- growing seedlings
- feeding the birds
- resting when we are tired
- moving when we have been still
- plotting our menstrual cycle
- putting the coffee down and going to bed earlier
- knowing that your weight is designed to seasonally adjust (ask a hibernating bear)
We are mammals too and so have to tune in to our bodies, the seasons and nature to sense our way through to a new way of living.
What will you do differently?
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