5 Ways Nurses Embrace Spring Fever
How do you embrace spring fever?
May 27, 2010
Spring is that wonderful time of year when nature affords us new opportunities to bring peace and balance into our hectic day-to-day lives. It’s a time to appreciate the beauty and bounty of life. We asked nurses how they reconnect with nature to restore and replenish the spirit when the weather warms up. Here are their answers.
1. Nurturing beauty
You are nurturing by nature. Planting flowers or tending a garden is the perfect way to put your greatest gift toward bringing beauty to yourself, your loved ones and even your neighbors. Nurse Anita Nikiel writes, “I like to plant flowers. After a long winter, even here in Texas, I find that the bland brown/tan landscape needs to be refreshed. I just enjoy the fact that I can get outside, have my dog sit by my side, put in flowers. I pick a diverse group of flowers, different colors, and just dress up the house. My neighbors all love it and comment on the flowers and yard on a regular basis. I do try to put in both perennials and annuals. That way, I can slowly expand the garden, have repeats and add new variations. Now if I could only bottle the fragrance.”
2. Letting out the wild horses
Researchers have been telling us for years that being a caretaker to an adopted pet has proven benefits to one’s health, from lowering blood pressure to relieving depression. One of the best ways to enjoy nature this spring is to share it with your animal friends. Nurse and horse lover Sarah Gregory uses the season of renewal to get her horses back in shape. “Bathing, brushing [the horses] and seeing what is under all that winter hair…they look so sleek and fresh. I also enjoy watching them sunbathe again.”