Stress is the plague of the modern age. Everybody is struggling with it and most people don’t really know how to deal with it. We run around, constantly busy, working on getting ahead in life. We’re trying to meet obligations, expectations and to stay on top of our to-do list. We’re constantly checking our phones for notifications while juggling work and private life. Get that presentation done in time. Take the garbage out before it smells. Make sure the laundry is clean before you run out of underwear. Pay that bill. Call that client. Oh, and don’t forget to get fit and healthy.
No wonder we’re all going down the rabbit hole. So what do we do? We deal with it in whatever way makes us feel, well, less stressed. For some that means having a few beers every night to wind down, others meditate, some embrace the stress and convince themselves that that’s what a successful person’s life should be like.
I have had periods where I would come home after an 11h workday, lie on my bed and listen to ocean sounds for 2 hours before I was able to sleep. Good times!
Fortunately, there’s an increasing amount of research that is looking to understand the effects of stress on the brain, and what we can do to reduce it.
We already know the big items on the list, like getting more active, getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and meditating. We also know that caffeine, drinking, and smoking might seem like they’re helping but are actually stressing your body out even more. But what else is there?
Continue reading How to let the trees reduce your stress
Summer is slowly but surely coming to an end. Vacation time is over. Back to school. Back to work. Back to wherever is not the beach. Back to not being able to park on my street because all the families with kids are back in town.
Now, instead of crying about it, I want us to remember all the amazing things that come with the late summer, early fall period. Nights are cooling down, so those of us that live in hot countries and don’t have AC will finally be able to sleep again. Your plants have a higher chance of surviving if you forget to water them for a week. You can take your dog out at noon without fear that his paws will burn to crisps on the asphalt.
And then, there is the rain. Rain for days. Rain that will bring back the green to our gardens and parks. I love the rain, and since it’s a big part of the coming season (at least in my part of the world), I’ve put together this list of awesome dancing in the rain GIFS to get even more excited about it.
Continue reading 5 Dancing in the Rain GIFs to make you look forward to Fall
Pine trees in the forest, palm trees on the beach, or bonsai trees in the garden – every tree tells a story. If you’re thinking about getting a tree tattoo yourself, I’ve collected some amazing tree tattoos in this article to help inspire you.
Whether you like colour, black and grey, or simple line work tattoos, trees are a great subject for all styles. Which story will your tree tattoo tell?
Continue reading 10 Amazing Tree Tattoos
Nature is truly fascinating. It can be destructive, creative, and playful, all at the same time. Sometimes it moves at the speed of lightning, or it can take for millennia amazing mountain ranges to emerge. These nature time lapse videos capture some of nature’s amazing moments, featuring flowers, storms, snow, and more.
So sit back and relax with these super satisfying nature time lapse videos.
Continue reading 5 Extremely Satisfying Nature Time Lapse Videos
Using plants to turn your flat into an urban jungle can really liven up your living space. Not only do plants filter the air, they also bring a great contrast to the concrete, brick and paint. An urban jungle gives you a place to escape to and recharge from the grind and grime of the city.
But how do you go about it? As a person who has involuntarily killed many plants in her life, I can tell you that it’s not just about finding some pretty plants and putting them on your window sill.
I wanted to share some tips and tricks with you that I’ve found very helpful for building my own urban jungle – a work constantly in progress.
Continue reading How to create your own Urban Jungle
Do all your tasks and chores seem a bit overwhelming? Feeling a bit stressed and anxious?
Take a quick regenerating trip to nature with these super soothing nature GIFs. Let them take you away for a minute, and return a bit more relaxed and ready to tackle the rest of the day.
Continue reading 5 Nature GIFs To Calm Your Ass Down For A Minute
Most people say that sunsets are the most beautiful time of the day. But to be honest, I’ve always been more of a sunrise kinda girl.
Sunrise is the most peaceful moment of the day. No matter if you’re still awake after partying (or studying) all night, or you’ve just gotten up because you have some important thing today. Most of the rest of the world is still asleep, but you’re awake.
The birds are starting to sing and the first light appears over roofs of the buildings. It’s a moment of promise because the day is still undefined. It could be the most amazing day of your life, full of adventure and discovery… or it could be the day you finally get to catch up on some sleep.
Continue reading 15 Beautiful Sunrise Images To Brighten Up Your Day
Mountain tattoos are my new favourite thing.
Does looking at the mountains make all your worries seem utterly unimportant? Would you prefer a trip to the mountains over a beach vacation anytime? Are you also a fan of getting inked? Then I’m sure you’ve already considered getting a mountain tattoo yourself.
I finally got my own for my birthday this year and I couldn’t be happier. Now, each time I look at my arm I can escape the noise of the city and travel off to the mountains for a peaceful minute.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own mountain tattoo, I’ve collected some of the most beautiful mountain tattoos below. Continue reading 11 Beautiful Mountain Tattoos
Emil Nolde, born in 1867, was a German-Danish painter who stands out for his bold use of colour. He was part of a group of expressionists called “Die Brücke” (the Bridge) who were all about using bright colours to convey strong emotions.
Nolde’s work has always fascinated me, especially his landscapes. I mean just look at those dramatic skies!
Here is a collection of my ten favourite landscape watercolours.
Continue reading 6 Most Dramatic Landscapes by Expressionist Painter Emil Nolde
Street art, loved by many, misunderstood by more. Living in a big city means we’re constantly surrounded by endless amounts of grey – grey asphalt, grey concrete, people in grey suits, grey rainy skies.
Street art, whether in the form of graffitis or the increasingly popular yarn bombing, is a great way for artists to break through the grey and add some much-needed colour to our city landscapes.
The following is a collection of amazing pieces of street art found on Instagram, all inspired by nature.
I hope these will add some colour to your day as well… Continue reading 10 Awesome Pieces of Nature-Themed Street Art