Enjoying Mother's Day in Nature

Enjoying Mother's Day in Nature

Mother’s Day is a day to reflect and celebrate the important women in our lives. Like last year, it can be challenging to find a suitable way to celebrate while keeping everyone safe this year. Luckily, Mother’s Day is situated in the middle of Spring; a time of new beginnings and rebirth. Try to spend as much time outside as possible while wearing the proper SPF; you never know how long the sunshine will last in Buffalo.

Buffalo is a unique area with many options for people looking to spend time outside. From gardens to state parks and hiking trails, everyone is sure to find an option that suits their family. The great outdoors are also a great backdrop for a delicious meal. A picnic is a solution for those who don’t yet feel comfortable dining inside but want to share a meal with their loved ones. Whether it’s some cheese and crackers or a five-course meal, a picnic is a perfect way to show the women in your life how much they’re loved and appreciated. 

A Harvard study found that spending time outside has multiple positive effects, including improving one’s mood and overall physical health. Exposing your skin to sunlight will activate the production of vitamin D. It has been proven to help all kinds of ailments, such as osteoporosis and mood disorders like depression and anxiety. Natural light has been proven to elevate mood and may even help you heal faster. An experiment was done on two individuals after having spinal surgery, one was exposed to natural light, with a view full of trees out their window during their recovery process, the other was not. The first individual reported feeling less pain, less stress, and reported using fewer pain killers. Spending time outside with the women you love this Mother’s Day has the potential to elevate moods and relieve physical pain, while having fun. 

Cooking and baking may not be everyone’s specialty, but making your mother’s favorite dish from scratch is a loving gesture that she is sure to appreciate. After all, it is scientifically proven that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Take advantage of the in-season fruits to make a treat that represents the Spring, such as a strawberry rhubarb pie or chocolate zucchini bread for the special day. 

If the weather isn’t conducive for spending Mother’s Day in the fresh air, consider a day of jigsaw puzzles and board games with a take-away from her favorite restaurant. If take-out is on the agenda, make sure to place your order ahead of time, perhaps days ahead of time, to ensure you get your mother’s favorite meal. Traditionally, Mother’s Day is one of the most popular days to dine out, so make sure you get those orders in and make those reservations promptly. 

No matter how you celebrate Mom, make her feel loved and appreciated for all the sacrifices she has made over the years. 

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