Science has shown over and over that “green exercise” (i.e. getting outdoors for a walk) is a quick way to boost your mood and get a natural high. This is equally as true for busy parents as it is for the baby who comes along for the ride. So today’s assignment for myself and Veronika was simply to get out some place green!
I scoped out a local park in our new town with a trail through the woods. First, we paused on a picnic blanket together. Already she looked happy!
Primarily, I wanted her to feel the grass, a fantastic new sensation for babies. I dangled her toes in it for a tickly feeling.
Then I plucked one blade to tickle her feet and her legs.
She really wanted to hold the grass, but I had to be careful because she wanted to eat it!
Then I strapped her in the stroller and we headed off on a trail walk. I could feel the change in my own body immediately, parts I hadn’t even known were tense letting go as we listened to the leaves rustling and heard birds chirping.
More importantly, a little girl who had been fussy from the energy of unpacking at home loosened up.
There’s a Veronika smile!
The wonder in her eyes watching the trees overhead was worth it alone.
And then of course there’s the ultimate power of “green exercise”; you might just lull baby to sleep and get a real pause to yourself!
If you live in a more urban area, consider this activity in a local park or square. You’ll reap those same outdoor benefits, even if it’s slightly less green!