Self care tip of the month: Family Scavenger Hunt
It's the beginning of Autumn already, although I've hardly noticed since it has still been in the 90s the first week of September. Labor day has passed, kids are back in school, and projects at work increase as people trickle back from their vacations. We are busy folks!
With the pools closing, or getting ready to, and many of us overwhelmed by recent transitions, sometimes it is difficult to get motivated to go to the gym or take the kids to the Y right away. Columbus is an active city though, and many of us value the benefits of exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, and helps reduce the stress hormone cortisol in our body. In improves our circulation, which benefits the health of our skin, muscles, and organs by supplying fresh nutrients and whisking away toxins to be filtered by our kidneys and liver. Exercise also expands our respiratory capacity, with regular activity. We don't want to give all that up!
As the temperature becomes more bearable, and the landscape around us flourishes with this annual transition, what better time could their be to add in a leisurely stroll to your family's routine? It's great for the littles too! Walking is low impact, making it ideal if jogging or running causes joint pain. It is still considered weight bearing exercise though, so it is healthy for maintaining strong bone density. By turning the walk into a treasure hunt, you also stimulate your mind and the educate the kids in a relaxing manner. We have such a rich variety of wildlife nearby, with many birds, plants, and flowers to identify. I've included links to the metro parks locations and wildlife identification guides. Don't think you have to go far though to have fun! Even in my apartment complex there are elderberry, mulberry, mums, black eyed susans, catbirds, cardinals, Canada geese, rabbits, and a variety of things to teach my daughter about. You can have fun in your very own neighborhood!
Columbus Metro Park Locations
15 wildlife identification guides!
Tea of the MonthThis month's complimentary tea selection is an herbal blend called Raspberry Mint. Zen Cha describes this blend as "A unique blend of raspberries, blackberry leaves, peppermint and apple bits gives a sweet, refreshing aroma with a lightly tart fruity flavor and a beautiful light ruby red color."
I love raspberry leaves in tea, so I'm looking forward to having a cup of tea with you!
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