Wellness women: Laura the director of children’s wellbeing programme ‘Club Morgan’

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My profession in one sentence…

I am an actress, Yoga Teacher and Director of Club Morgan – a yoga based well-being programme for children.

My background and how I came to Club Morgan…

I initially trained as an actress. This was a dream come true for me. Having got pregnant at 19, my amazing Mum helped looked after the baby while I went to drama school. It was three years of hard work, but throughout my twenties I enjoyed touring theatre and a few adverts here and there. However, I was always drawn to running my own project or business and set up my first theatre company called ‘Casting Light’ a successful theatre company running powerful plays and workshops that raised awareness of social issues that effect children and young people.

Although I loved theatre and acting I wanted to do something that made a difference and this company combined my two passions. I went on to have 2 more children and hit a very stressful period in my early thirties. I had suffered from anxiety as a young child and a teenager and it came back with a vengeance. My Mum had sent me to Yoga as a child and I remember how much it had helped me. At this time I decided to start yoga regularly. Here I met Sue Woodd, a leading trainer in Seasonal Yoga and Tai-chi and she and I developed the Club Morgan Programme together. Club Morgan is inspired by the cycles of nature and the seasons, and I was blown away by the potential of developing a programme that would give children the tools for greater physical and metal health while connecting them further with nature. When I met Sue Woodd, she had been developing Seasonal Yoga for years. Seasonal Yoga is influenced by the Chinese health system of observing nature and living in tune with the cycles. It’s a fascinating system and so simple! We are very disconnected in modern society from these cycles so people and children need this now more than ever. Basically in Seasonal Yoga you adapt your practice to the energy of the year, Winter is much more still and mindful, Summer is expansive and expressive, The Chinese also believed that our organs are on a cycle and we do certain postures at certain times of the day/year to stimulate the meridians of these organs.

Sue wanted to devise a programme to combat the high levels of obesity, stress and anxiety amongst our children, so she asked me if I would help. I knew straight away I was meant to be involved.

When I need to find inner peace…

I meditate, practice yoga or spend time in nature!

An important influence in my life…

My husband, my mum, my sister, my children, the people in our team, the children I work with, teachers in schools, everyone really. Being a human is a miracle. I learn something from most people I meet.

My tip for anyone looking to bring more nature connection into their children’s lives…

The obvious is to spend 5 minutes a day outside – but while doing so draw young people attention to the changes within each season. Observe what is growing around you, plants and foods, look at what the animals are doing and ask how the seasons make us feel? Nature is a universal intelligence which unites us all!

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If you would like to know more about Club Morgan or find out if there are classes in your area please visit the Club Morgan website or call Laura on 07909 851. They are presently recruiting facilitators for the programme.

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What does 7 days of (novice) meditation feel like?

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Last week I pledged to try guided meditation daily. I managed to stick to my pledged it made me feel so good that I want to share how I got on with you – including links to the meditations that I tried, in case you fancy giving it a go yourself. They’re all freely available online and all you’ll need is somewhere to sit, some headphones, and a small slice of uninterrupted time. The meditations that I’ve shared range from 1 minute to 17 minutes long. Go on – you deserve it!

Day 1 – daily meditation

I did this guided meditation with The Honest Guys on Day 1. It was a calming meditation that left me feeling strong and warm. It’s described as being great ahead of a stressful situation such as an interview, or tough event, as well as in daily life (which was what I was looking for). We went on a walk after I meditated and I really noticed my body’s movement and how it felt – delicious!

Time needed: 5 minutes

Day 2 – self-forgiveness meditation

Do you wish you could do away with guilty feelings? I definitely spend too much energy on feeling guilty so Day 2’s meditation on self-forgiveness really appealed. I had a very busy day but I’m so glad that I found a window to meditate because it really brought me peace where before I was a bit defensive and guarded. This also works well as a bedtime meditation.

Time needed: 16 minutes

Day 3 – “yoga nidra” (yoga for sleep)

How about something to make you feel warm and relaxed in every part of your body as you settle in for the night? On Day 3 I looked up this simple “yoga nidra” (yoga for sleep) for beginners. The voice is good, the visualisation is simple, and it’s all about deep relaxation to prepare you for sleep.

Time needed: 17 minutes

Day 4 – meditation for children

Have you ever meditated with your children? My little boy is too young to lie down for 5 minutes of relaxing, but I used this meditation on Day 4 as background to the evening wind down routines and rituals and I could definitely see that he was listening. It’s about an enchanted forest (with cake in it?!) and it has really soothing music so to be honest I really enjoyed it too! And it taught me a bit about helping little ones picture a safe and calm place.

Time needed: 17 minutes

Day 5 – guided imagery mountain meditation

Are you a mountain person? I had never done a guided imagery meditation before but picturing my body as the mountain in this meditation on Day 5, and feeling its stillness and rootedness, was really effective. The mountain remains its own true form throughout, in spite of the seasons, weather, or grumbling tourists(!). If you’d like to try the mountain meditation it’s part of a collection of free resources by the Free Mindfulness Project. Lots of gems on their site, including body scans, breathwork and other meditation practices.

Time needed: 8 minutes

Day 6 – compassion meditation

On Day 6 I checked out a mindfulness guide and guided meditation from a podcast series. This resource looks at mindfulness and meditation concepts and leads you through some practices: attentive listening, watching your thoughts, and a bit of breath-work and body scanning, and finishes with a guided meditation. The podcast I chose was on compassion. The combination of all of these things rolled together made for an informative and calming 16 minutes of my day. You can choose from others like wisdom, deepening peace, and mantras.

Time needed: 16 minutes

Day 7 – meditation when you haven’t got time

Wouldn’t it be great to have the time and dedication to meditate every day? On the last day of my daily meditation pledge I stumbled upon a brilliant free resource that I’m excited to share with you, which might help us all to do just that! Maybe some of you already do meditate daily, but I learned during my week of meditating what a difficult pledge it is to stick to. Somehow it’s just hard to carve out the time and space.

Cue these wonderful “just-a-minute” guided meditations – all just one minute long! There are more than 40 meditations to listen to online or download. and they also provide a programme that can help you to make the most of your one-minute meditation; whether you’re doing it once a day, once a week, or once an hour. The whole thing is so practical because you can download the mp3 to your device from the website – choosing whether or not to include the background music – to listen to wherever you are. Alternatively, check out the ‘Insight Timer‘ App and search for the ‘just-a-minute’ tracks there (along with many other options). I listened to the meditations made for kids – the quiet cave, soaking in the sunshine, and peaceful river to name a few. Wonderful stuff – I got to pretend I was a child again and I’m definitely banking these resources for the future, for my little one.

Time needed: 1 minute

I hope you enjoy these free resources as much as I have and that we can all get more time for a bit of daily meditation peace.

Wellness women: Hayley the ecotherapist

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My profession in one sentence…

I support women to manage their stress, improve wellbeing, and bring more joy into their lives using nature as inspiration.

My background and how I came to ecotherapy (using nature to help people feel better)…

I’ve always been super sensitive, empathetic and worn my heart on my sleeve. Helping people to get the most out of themselves in an empowered way has always been my calling. I’ve volunteered, worked in holistic therapies, temped in various roles and travelled. I also have a charity sector background themed around criminal justice.

Between 2014 and 2016 I ran an ecotherapy social enterprise to help people feel better, using nature as therapy and inspiration for wellbeing. Being out in nature is good for our bodies and our minds.

Now, as a sole trader, nature as therapy and women’s mental health is still very much part of the work I do. I made the deliberate choice to start up my own initiative because of my own experiences of burnout in the past. I use my coaching, counselling, and psychotherapy expertise together with my bushcraft, forest school and animal assisted therapy experience help people get the most out of themselves using nature.

When I need to find inner peace…

I run! This helps me find headspace, gets me out in nature, and – when internal thoughts are getting the best of me – shakes me out of a difficult place. Other things that bring me inner peace are meditating, writing in my journal, and taking my dog for a walk. A glass of prosecco now and then goes down well too!

An important influence in my life…

My Dad has always told me I can do anything, and encouraged me to find something that I love. He consistently said “Just do it!”. This philosophy has underpinned the decisions that I’ve made and helps me to live mindfully.

My tip for anyone looking to bring more nature into their life…

Be curious! Use your senses to focus and just notice. We fly through life at 150 miles per hour. Science shows us that you cannot physically trigger cortisol (the stress hormone) when using your senses, which means we feel better when we’re using our senses fully. If you can’t get outdoors for whatever reason at the time, or don’t have a garden, or much spare time then try to find another way to access nature. Can you light a candle? Put a plant on your desk? Or use aromatherapy oils or crystals? That’s nature right there.

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You can find out more about Hayley the ecotherapist, including her events and online membership club “The Retreat” on her website and her Facebook page.

DIY aromatherapy: How to prune and harvest your own lavender

img_1265How does a deep inhale of lavender make you feel? Lavender is an incredible plant with so many health benefits, including its ability to improve sleep and reduce anxiety.

Here’s how to keep your plant flowering for as long as possible; make sure you get a beautiful full flowering plant next summer; and keep that intoxicating lavender scent going for months after it stops flowering:

  1. Cut it back at the stem, above where the leaves end.
  2. Take off the stems from your harvest and leave the heads to dry in a warm place like the airing cupboard or a windowsill that gets a lot of sun, until it’s fully dried out (leave it a couple of weeks).
  3. The final part is fiddly and can be a bit time consuming depending on the size of your crop. But it’ll make your hands smell wonderful with the scent of pure, fresh lavender oil. The potency will have increased even more with the drying process: home made aromatherapy! Get a container to put the finished product into and, taking each head of lavender, crumble the individual buds away from the stem. I’ve been doing mine bit by bit, with a tray on my lap, while relaxing in front of the TV of an evening. You can do it by feel so you don’t need to look at what you’re doing, and it’s quite relaxing when you get into a rhythm.

Now you have lavender like you’d buy in the shops and you can do so much with it. Here are a couple of ideas for inspiration:

  • cook with it;
  • make potpourri;
  • put in pouches to keep away moths and make your clothes drawers smell incredible;
  • put in a bowl where you can pinch and stir it with your fingers, to release the oil and scent;
  • make a scented bag of pure calm to have at your fingertips (mine lives on the sofa);
  • use as confetti.

    One plant, soooo many uses!

    #OutdoorsBeforeChores pledges update

    You may remember that I said I would share a personal pledge to be more mindful and get outdoors throughout August and September, with a bit of background about why that pledge might be good for a healthy mind. Well here’s how my first fortnight has gone…

    Pledge 1: I pledge to notice how being outdoors makes me feel

    There’s evidence all around us that the outdoors is vital to our physical and mental wellbeing. As the founding idea behind Minds Out I chose this as my first #OutdoorsBeforeChores pledge. Here’s what I discovered:

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    A stunning little ladybird found when cutting flowers for friends

    Following this pledge helped me find and explore new places as well as consider my internal experience of the outdoors. A few of my favourite outdoors moments from this pledge were:

    • Wet hair in the wind – so much more refreshing than a hairdryer;
    • The smell of outside on a fresh cool morning;
    • Gardening barefoot – I’ve lost my gardening shoes, but that’s less of a problem while it’s still summer (in theory!); and
    • Cutting flowers from my garden to share with a friend (instead of buying cut flowers).

    I also loved the physical aspects of getting outside – moving my body, and feeling the wind/sun/rain on my skin (all-weather August!). These experiences almost instantly translated into good feelings inside, lifting my mood if I was a bit glum or helping me to breathe deeper and feel calm when I’m anxious.

    Does the outdoors affect how you feel?

    Pledge 2: I pledge to bring mindfulness into my day

    Mindfulness is very vogue at the moment, with lots of media mentions of it and a huge focus on how it can benefit us in every aspect of our lives. I came across it as a tool around 2 years ago during a challenging time in my life as my partner and I discovered fertility issues that lay behind our difficulty to conceive. It was a tough time for lots of reasons and I found myself constantly obsessing about this big stuff, which I had no control over. Mindfulness was a way to stay in the moment and not let my thoughts run away or completely dominate my existence. This turned out to be an important skill before, throughout, and beyond fertility treatment. I found myself turning to these techniques throughout pregnancy, during labour, and as a new parent. I truly believe that mindfulness is an essential life skill for us all, with infinite uses. But wanted to use this pledge to test out everyday mindfulness and how I might go about bringing this into my daily life. Here’s how I got on:

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    It often takes a beautiful sight like this sunset sky to make me remember to take a mindful moment

    I found this pledge incredibly hard to maintain. It really gave me appreciation of what a skill it is to be mindful on a daily level – rather than simply to draw on it in times of need. I found that life got in the way and I often got to the end of the day and realised I’d not ‘been mindful’ all day and that busy days had passed in a blur. I chose to take a lesson from this because a key principle of mindfulness is to be kind and non-judgemental with your mind. I decided that this pledge was a lifelong learning that I could always keep trying to master.

    Do you have a mindfulness routine that helps you to be mindful every day?

    Popular parks with parents

    A good park is such a great resource to have. It’s a place you want to go when the weather is great and you’ve had time to pack a picnic and plan the outing – but also a back-up for those days when you absolutely must get out but lack the time, imagination or energy for anything more adventurous or challenging.

    In my original blog post I shared 2 of my favourite parks and asked you to let me know what yours are. Following an amazing response I’ve since expanded this blog post to cover 9 parks – including the 7 others that you raved about. I’ll add pictures when I’ve gotten around to visiting each of these new gems. If there are others you think we’ve missed please let me know – and perhaps this will become a Top 10! (That would satisfy the OCD side of me too, so thanks in advance!)

    1. Farnham Park – Farnham, GU9 0AU

    IMG_1002This beautiful green flag status park has so much to offer. Here are a couple of the main highlights for me:

    • Amazing play parks for all ages.
    • Perimeter path that’s brilliant for buggy walks and long (and hilly) enough for a bit of exercise.
    • Beautiful views and loads of established trees – great for the soul.
    • Lovely cafe with very reasonably priced refreshments and yummy cakes.
    • You can nip into town for a few chores – and no expensive car parking needed for the pleasure, plus it’s a scenic route down.

    Check out the website for more info.

     

    2. Sandhurst Memorial Park – 30 Brittain Ct, Sandhurst GU47 9DP

    IMG_1219Another green flag park, there are loads of delights that are hidden from view when you first arrive here. Beyond the lovely Pistachios in the Park Cafe and next door skate park you’ll find many more things to explore. These are my favourite things about this park:

    • Fantastic duck-feeding and swan watching options.
    • Adventurous and imaginative play park, including zip wire, climbing blocks, and a fantastic wonky slide (you’ll just have to go to see what I mean!).
    • Shepherds Meadows Nature Reserve runs alongside, with connecting paths from the park, and is brilliant for a peaceful walk or some nature spotting.
    • Pooh sticks and paddling opportunities in the various different waterways that run through the nature reserve and park.

    Here’s some more info.

     

    3. Frimley Lodge – Sturt Road, Frimley Green, Mytchett, Surrey GU16 6HY

    One of @atinyjourney‘s recommendations. It’s quite well known for its miniature railway and has absolutely loads of facilities, and a cafe on site. Have you been? What’s your verdict?

    More info on where to find it and facilities here.

     

    4. Crondall Play Area, Farnham, Surrey

    @elloemma shared this recommendation, with the following comments: “A real gem for smaller ones is the park in Crondall. It is enclosed (helpful for runaways) but has [an] amazing range of playground equipment. Plus free parking!”

    I’ve since checked it out and it’s now a firm favourite with fellow mums and I, with lots of children of varied ages having a great time whenever we go. Park on the road in between the village hall and the church. The play park is behind it, through a field. There’s no toilet on site. But there is a helicopter! And a zip wire. And a little track that runs around the park, inside the fence, which is great for scooters and little bikes. It’s in a beautiful location, backing onto farm fields and lots of green space.

    Here’s the parish council website with some more info.

     

    5. Hogmoor Inclosure (Bordon)

    This is a brand new development that’s part of a regeneration project. There’s loads planned,  including cycle routes, footpaths, play areas and games areas, a skate park and allotments. @elloemma checked out the newly opened facilities and had this to say: “Blown away by the nature playground at the Hogmoor Inclosure near Borden. Brilliant place for children – particularly school aged due to the equipment… Slight issue is no toilets yet or proper car park other than on Friday and Saturday (not sure about Sundays) as it won’t be finished til Spring 2018.”

    I’m not 100% certain of the best address to share, due to the car park issue above, but the nature reserve runs from Liphook Road, Whitehill, heading north to Alexandra Park, Bordon. I’ll plot the best point to aim for in terms of parking once I’ve recce’d it myself.

    More info from the Ranger service who are providing 24-hour cover here.

     

    6. King George V Park – Sycamore Road, Farnborough. GU14 6RQ

    Thanks for the votes on this park. There are facilities on hand in case of loo stops and apparently there’s usually an ice cream van about. We’re looking forward to exploring this one soon.

    More info here.

     

    7. Eastrop Park – Eastrop Ln, Basingstoke RG21

    Recently awarded a green flag, this park was another tip from a well-seasoned park finder who loves to take her girls on the pedaloes.

    More info here.

     

    8. Gostrey Meadow – Union Road, Farnham, GU9 7RT

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    This park got a number of rave reviews. It’s in central Farnham, so you can combine a visit with anything you might want to check out in town at the same time. Bear in mind you’ll need to pay for parking nearby. On a recent visit we loved the giant sandpit and varied play park equipment. The river runs through the park and there are loads of beautiful weeping willows that make for a really pretty spot.

    More info here.

     

    9. Aldershot Park and Play Area – Guildford Road, Aldershot, GU12 4BP

    Lake, cafe, play area – there’s plenty on offer at this extensive park. Is this a fave of yours?

    More info here.

     

    Have you got others to add to the list, which “knock these out of the park”? Add your comments below, or use the Minds out social channels to share your advice and tips with other local parents.

    #OutdoorsBeforeChores

    Is this a familiar tension in your household?

    Would you like to spend more time outdoors?

    Do you often get to the end of the day and realise that you’ve run yourself ragged getting through endless chores without having a peaceful moment to yourself?

    If the answer’s yes to any of these questions then why not join me for some #OutdoorsBeforeChores time this summer!

    Every week in August and September I’ll share a personal pledge to be more mindful and get outdoors, with a bit of background about why that pledge might be good for a healthy mind.

    I’ll be totally honest about what did and didn’t work for me and will share what I learn from the experience. I’d love you to share your experiences too and let me know how you get on with carving out a slice of time for you in among your busy summer (which inevitably revolves around the big little people in your life).

    You can find out more by searching #OutdoorsBeforeChores or by following any of my pages:

    • Facebook @MindsOutFleet
    • Instagram @minds_out
    • Twitter @minds_out

    Together we can break our chores habits and get a daily dose of mindful time spent outdoors.

    Butterfly and buzzard spotting at Selborne Common

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    I moved to leafy Hampshire a year and a half ago. I’ve been a full time mum for most of that time, and meeting new mum friends has worked wonders on my local knowledge of outings and adventure spots. But I’ve only recently begun to explore East Hampshire. Selborne Village, near Alton, is a brilliant place to start as it’s under 30 minutes’ drive from Fleet, along the A31, and has loads of lovely places to explore in and around it – Jane Austen’s House, Gilbert White’s House, and the Lavender Fields to name a few.

    Today we headed to the grazing common at Selborne, which is cared for by the National Trust. It’s a special place, with a rich history, and it makes for a great spot for family adventures.

    There are no National Trust facilities there but – for those of you who aren’t members – this means it’s free to the public (with the option to donate to the maintenance cause of this beautiful area). You can park (again, free) behind the Selborne Arms pub, which is a good lunch spot depending on the time of your visit. If you fancy a whole day out then this car park is also shared by the Gilbert Whites estate (that’s a whole other future blog post there, as there’s so much to discover!).

    Follow the clearly marked footpath, which starts next to the public toilets, through a shady glen until you reach a National Trust sign. From here the path climbs in a steep-ish zig zag up a high bank called “Selborne Hanger” (see below for my comments on age appropriacy). There are some stunning view/rest(!) points along the way, with benches that look out onto Selborne Village and its South Downs National Park and farmland surrounds.

    After the climb the common opens out into pretty flat woodlands with some open grassland too. You can hear, smell and see that this is a spot for wildlife – no wonder the National Trust highlight the walking trail for good nature spotting.

    Dressed in my Birkenstocks with a young one strapped to my back I wasn’t ready for a long walk, so we just pottered about admiring the butterflies and listening to some exciting-sounding bird calls. We caught a glimpse of a bird of prey flying right above our heads with something in its beak and later on we saw an enormous bird dive down to the road, which was almost certainly a buzzard. The calls seem to match and so this is how we came to see a buzzard on our butterfly spotting adventure (we *think*, with the help of my mum’s expertise)!

    On the drive home we passed the beautiful lavender fields at Hartley Park Farm. If it wasn’t nearly lunchtime we would have popped in – the purple haze was very tempting! I bet it smells incredible this time of the year. It’s an interesting drive for driver and passengers alike – 1 buzzard diving, 1 tractor were our highlights – because of the beautiful countryside and easy roads (A31 and the windy country roads around Dora’s Green Road).

    This whole area has so much to explore. I can’t wait to come back with friends and family for a more thorough exploration.

    How to’s:

    • Because of the steep climb to get to the common this isn’t accessible for buggies. I’d recommend it for parents with babies as long as you have a carry sling. For toddlers it’s great adventuring territory for any age once they have the stamina for a long-ish walk (3 or 4+).
    • There is a cafe and pub by the car park, and public toilets (baby changing and potty available), so there are plenty of facilities on hand. There’s a children’s play area in the pub beer garden too.
    • If you bring your own picnic take a rucksack as you have to walk for a good 20 minutes from the car until you reach flatter spots.
    • There are cattle grazing on the land so if you’re not a fan of cows then best avoided!
    • Dogs are welcome as long as they are well behaved and kept under control at all times, due to the rich wildlife that lives on the common.

    Where to’s:

    • Map to GU34 3JR and you’ll get to the centre of the village. The car park is behind the Selborne Arms pub.

    Beach adventures at Frensham Great Pond

    With the weather hotting up again it seems like a good time for me to share my experiences of our closest “beach” with you. Frensham Great Pond isn’t on the coast at all – as you can probably tell from its name.

    But it’s an easy drive away and there is a sandy beach, yummy ice cream, and swimming or paddling to be enjoyed (when conditions permit). So if you grab an umbrella / uv tent, blanket, and pack a picnic you can comfortably set up for the day here. A friend and I went with our 1-year-olds, who had so much fun playing in the sand in a shady spot under a tree that we didn’t even get round to the paddling part. We’ll just have to go back!

    At the time of writing this post the pond’s water quality is affected by blue green algae, so swimming isn’t possible. This can be a problem in certain conditions so go prepared for the possibility of sun and sand without the “sea” element. There is clear signage when the water tests show swimming may not be safe, so look out for that. But even without the water there is plenty to enjoy and you can be certain of some good, safe, run-around-and-chuck-a-ball options for little ones of toddling age and above (dogs aren’t allowed on the beach itself).

    So what else is on offer here? There’s a private sailing club further around the pond so it can be a great boat watching spot. And the surrounding common has 8 miles of bridleways and 7 miles of footpaths, with lots of exciting nature and biodiversity to explore. The paths aren’t all suited to buggies so adventures on foot (or with a carrier if you have tiny ones), or bike, are best.

    If you enjoy your nature spotting there are some unusual creatures here to look out for, like the rare sand lizards, Dartford warblers, nightjars, and, apparently, a carnivorous plant called the sundew!

    Sound good? Here’s some practical stuff to help you plan your outing:

    How to’s:

    • Arrive early for easy access to shady parking and the best spots on the beach. There are a few areas of trees that offer shade, which is really worth it on a hot day.
    • Parking is free throughout the week? And £4 at weekends (unless you’re a National Trust member, and then it’s free as long as you display your sticker).
    • There is a kiosk selling food and drink but it’s limited to chips, hot and cold drinks, and scooped ice creams.
    • You might want to avoid bringing your buggy onto the beach. As you probably know, sand is a bit of a nightmare for buggy wheels, and this man-made beach has a deep layer of sand. Lightweight pushchairs might be a little more manageable if you need to bring a “nap-mobile”.
    • It’s a great mid-week day out but becomes much busier at weekends in good weather, so if you want to dodge the crowds go during the week or head there early.

    Where to’s:

    • The website has some useful info and an interesting leaflet with some details of the history and a map of the site.
    • GU10 2QB is the closest postcode but bear in mind that it won’t take to you exactly the right place for parking. Once you turn into Bacon Lane look out for a driveway (on your left, if you’re coming from Fleet and Farnham), which has Frensham Common signposted. This comes before the Google map pin so it can be a bit confusing.

    Do you think you’ll add it to your outings list?

    What is Minds out all about?

    tricycle-691587_1920_blogIn my first year-and-a-bit of mumhood I have found the outdoors an extremely necessary part of my daily routine, physically and mentally. I’ve noticed how important this is for fellow mums too. So this is my mission to focus on getting outdoors and using mindfulness to appreciate nature. I hope I can provide ideas and inspiration for you too.

    When days seem to either drag or become a busy monotony of tasks that I have to complete in order to get the washing done / feed the baby / make the dinner / do the life admin / a mix of all of the above, I find that making time to step outside – even if only for a 10-minute walk to the post box – always feels good.

    Scientifically and spiritually, getting outdoors benefits mind, body and soul. And if it feels good for us mums then we can safely assume that it feels good for the small people in our lives. If these ideas interest you then I hope you will find my blog useful. Here are some things I plan to cover:

    • Ideas for getting out and about in the area – I’ll do the legwork so that you busy mums can have outdoors adventures and excursions with minimal faff.
    • Inspiration for nature games and projects – I’ll test a bunch of nature-based activities and share them with you so that you can easily recreate them in your home and garden.
    • Suggestions for mindfulness and self-care, for parents and children – I’m choosing to make mindfulness a focus in my life because I believe it is a really valuable tool for now and the future, for myself, for me as a mum, and for my child.
    • Interviews with wellbeing experts – I’d love to learn from people who’ve made wellbeing their vocation, wouldn’t you?

    I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. So please drop me a line on one of my social pages or comment on the blog post; or use the contact form on this site.

    Let’s take this outside!
    *NB – I live in Fleet, Hampshire, and the outings that I share will all be within a short drive from here.