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Arrival of the cowgirls

I met the group as they pulled up to our site in their minibus. And was greeted by a group of 15 cowgirls all in fancy dress. I knew instantly that we were in a for a fun session!

My favourite fire lighting method

I think most people know from coming to parties and events that I love fire. I often sit and watch fire. It has got to be the most mesmerising thing, and possibly more so when it is a fire that you have lit.

The satisfaction that comes from lighting a fire, for me is second to none. I love it when I work with groups – kids and adults – and you take them through the process of building a fire and then letting them light it with whichever means they have chosen. The look on their faces when they know that it has taken and they have done it is amazing!

archery is good for kids

25 reasons archery is good for kids

Archery is good for kids. It requires focus, concentration, dealing with pressure, learning how to fail and much more.

Archery is a fun and accessible sport for all ages and abilities. We run archery activities for children’s birthday parties. But it’s also a great activity for schools as part of an outdoor learning session or fun school trip. It’s great for practising mental arithmetic, team work and more. We get to see these benefits first-hand, ‘in action’ when delivering archery sessions for kids.

And we love the infographic (below) by Target Crazy which gives 25 reasons why archery is good for kids.

The perfect gift for someone who’s feeling stressed

Life can be stressful. And the stats show that the number of people in the UK seeing their GP about stress is increasing.

What can you do for someone who’s stressed?

It can be hard to know what to do for someone you know who’s stressed. But you want to do something. That’s why we think that the Buddy Box is a simple, brilliant idea.

A hug in a box

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Image: blurtitout.org/

Blurt is a social enterprise which developed the ‘Buddy Box’. We all need a little pick-me-up sometimes and a reminder to focus on our wellbeing. And the Buddy Box is full of products focused on self-care; to help the receiver to de-stress, relax, pamper themselves a bit, or just for fun.

You can buy a one-off box or a monthly subscription for someone to receive a ‘hug in a box’. It would make a special, personal gift for a loved one or a good, timely boost for a colleague.

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Explore our other blogs about health and wellbeing.

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How just 5 minutes in nature can improve your health and wellbeing

We feel better when we spend time outdoors in nature. It’s good for our physical and mental health.

Ever wondered how nature is good for us?

Florence Williams explores this in her book: The Nature Fix – why nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative.

Watch Florence’s short video below to see what happens to our bodies when we spend just 5 minutes in nature (hint: it’s incredible!)

forest views relieves stress - stress awareness month

Views of trees through office windows can help lower employee stress

We know that the outdoors is good for us. But research shows that even looking at trees and nature has health benefits.

What the research shows

A study in Seoul looked at workers who could see forest views from their workplace, and those who did not have a forest view.

Employee absence

Employee wellbeing tools for managers

According to a 2016 CIPD report, stress is one of the leading causes of employee absence in the UK.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)’s 2016 Absence Management survey reports the following:

  • Short-term absence: stress is the second most common factor
  • Long-term absence: stress is the number one most common factor