Book review: “Forest Therapy,” by Sarah Ivens.

Cover of book Forest Therapy by Sarah Ivens

I pre-ordered this book some months ago and I have been looking forward to reading this, after having a taste of it, in a magazine.
This book; “Forest Therapy,” by Sarah Ivens, gives you ideas to get back into nature, to help us feel calmer, happier and more energised.
As the author mentions in her introduction of this book, many of the ideas are common sense. We just need to be reminded.
The twelve chapters in this book are to encourage us and our loved ones, to get outdoors and reconnect with nature in a healing way.

Contents of book:
Introduction
1 – Sold on Science and Statistics
2 – A Walk on the Woods
3 – Spring Cleaning
4 – Summer Lovin’
5 – Fall in Love
6 – Winter Wonderland
7 – Parenting in Plein Air
8 – Being at One with Nature
9 – Couples’ Countryside Cure
10 – Natural Beauty
11 – Food Glorious Food
12 – The Call of the Wild
Further reading
Acknowledgments
About the author

The book encourages you to use your senses, as you take a walk.
There are also other suggestions that would compliment, while you are out in nature. The choice is what you want to do.
No matter what the weather, just get out in nature and dress accordingly to the weather.
A walk in nature costs nothing, as this book says and something I have said myself in a blog post, or two.

You do not need to be fit, to use examples in this book. The book is to encourage you to get out, take it slow and for what you use out of this book, use it, to get out.
I like how there are even ‘mindful minutes’ in this book, where something is suggested and you do what is suggested for just a minute, like for example, choose a morning, or an evening that suits you best and appreciate the beginning, or ending of a day just for 60 seconds by looking at the sky. While doing this, make a note in your journal of how the sky looked and how you felt. Acknowledge those feelings and reflections, as it helps to gain power over them, linking them to something powerful as the sun and cycle of the day. It acts as a reminder to us that we all have a fresh start every 24 hours and that the world is bigger than us.

There is no excuse for any of us to not do something, that this book suggests. We all know nature does us good, when we walk in it, experiencing how we feel good afterwards and how relaxed we are.
It doesn’t have to be a daily thing. Once a month is better, than nothing. Have at least 10 minutes of silence in nature walking, with some sitting. But if you can do longer, you will feel even more benefits.
Stress will unwind from you and you will feel relaxed and energised.

Go on, take a walk today, whether a street lined with trees, the nearest park, or a walk in the woods. Even your own back garden is a start.
Observe, take it in using your senses and breathe deep.

I totally recommend this book. It’s a book you can refer back to, time and time again.

Blog post re-share: My Mind’s Junk-Drawer — Untangled

I love this post when I came across it and it helped to look at myself in a different way. It made me smile at what was my irritations, until now. It gave me some perspective and not to get too annoyed with myself. My mind has a junk-drawer and I sometimes cannot find, or lose stuff in my junk drawer.

Do you have a junk-drawer?

We have a “junk-drawer” in our kitchen. It’s the drawer where coupons, batteries, a hammer, screwdriver, pliers, tape measures, a flashlight, matches, lighters, cat-nip, and the assorted 1/2 used birthday candle packages lay scattered about. It’s a small drawer, but it seems, it has the room of Mary Poppins magic bag. It holds everything and […]

via My Mind’s Junk-Drawer — Untangled

Book review: “The CBT Good Habit Journal,” by Christine Wilding and Gill Hasson

This book is something I have been working on for some time, after coming across it in a bookshop in town. I am still working through this book, as this post airs.

This mindful book is ideal for anyone, because we would all get something out of it and it’s best to read at least two, or three pages a day, as you work through this book.

  • to clarify thoughts
  • to change the way you think about yourself
  • to express yourself in a creative way
  • to help reduce stress
  • to help solve problems more effectively
  • to help resolve disagreements with others
  • to help gain perspective

When using this book, I wrote directly in the pages, because this is my journal after all. This book is interactive and fun, while I learn good habits and build confidence, using the CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) in my daily life.

I in particular loved the tiny frogs story on page 84 of this book, as it made me smile and I wasn’t expecting it to end the way it did. The author who written the frog story is unknown, so whoever this was, it was very good for a short story and appropriate in this book.

The contents of this book:

Introduction
1. Goals
2. Being aware of your thoughts
3. Challenging negative thinking and finding alternative way of thinking.
4. Thoughts and physical feelings
5. Beliefs
6. Behaviour
7. Emotions
8. Conceptualizing
Answers

My other two colouring books

So here are my other two colouring books I said I would mention, since this post, “Adult colouring books.”

“Enchanted Forest” and “Secret Garden,” are both by Johanna Basford.

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The pages are so detailed inside and these two are going to last me for some time. They are worth the money. As well as colouring, there are things to find, or do. I’m doing the colouring first and will go back to the puzzles after, except for the pages that involve adding more detail them, which those I will do as I go along.

This photo below, is a couple of pages out of the “Enchanted Forest” colouring book.

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The photo below, is a couple of pages out of the “Secret Garden” colouring book.

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I have mostly used felt tips when colouring these pages, but at times I have used pencil crayons. Although the paper is good quality, I would not recommend Sharpies felt tips, as these will bleed through to next page. Felt tips I have been using that are really good and do not bleed through are Staedtler and Stabilo.

 

Adult colouring books

Adult colouring books have been out a few years and they are still popular. They can help towards better mental health, because they give you something to focus on. I have been using colouring books for a couple of years, or slightly longer and towards end of last year, I was relying on them heavily after tragic events, to get through the day. (The last picture certainly reflects that very dark period in my life.)
These pages out of my colouring books were single-sided, so I used mainly sharpie pens for colouring in, but at times I used pencil crayons too.
I said last year that I would share some of my colourings one day. Although later than planned, here they are.

In a later post, I will share two colouring books I am now currently using.

Looking at low-impact exercises

With the possibility of one day hopefully living in a one bedroom flat, I have been looking at low-impact exercises I can do. I did not want to being doing Zumba or any other kind of exercise similar and find the neighbour below were being disturbed by thumping noises of me dancing to it. This has happened in the past, except he wasn’t annoyed, he was smiling as he talked about it and wondered what was going on, when I was moving out. I had a Wii fit at the time then and I never thought about the disturbances I may cause, while dancing away. Also, I am heavy footed when walking about, which tends to be my right leg that does this. (The slightly weaker side.) So there will no energetic type of exercises when I’m one day living in a flat.

I already do Pilates and I realised why not get back into Tai Chi. Last year, I did look at some Tai Chi DVD’s and I remember there was one that caught my eye, so in January, I decided to treat myself. Here they are. I also have another one of his DVD’s called “Tai Chi Fit To Go,” that I am yet to try out as this post goes to air.

Tai Chi Fit - 'Strength' and 'Flow' DVD's.

It was years ago when I last did Tai Chi. (My late teens.) I came across some Chinese guy on TV in the late hours and wondered what the hell he was doing. This was my first seeing of Tai Chi and once I realised and watched for a while, I had a go and I discovered it was harder than it looked. Soon, I was waiting for him to come on every week to follow along to it and I enjoyed it. One day, he did not appear on TV and I never seen him again.

Back to present, I have these Tai Chit Fit DVD’s; ‘Strength’ and ‘Flow.’ (And also ‘To Go.’) I looked this guy up on You Tube after coming across him on Amazon first, just to see if I would get an idea of being able to follow him and whether I would enjoy it. It seemed to me I would. After trying them, I find that these were the right DVD’s for me and really enjoyable. It is like having your own instructor in your living room and since I have started doing Tai Chi with these DVD’s, there has only been a couple of days where I have not done any, but I missed it.