“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” —Hermann Hesse
Reconnecting to ourselves always sounds easy in theory but the reality is, most of us still believe that a busy life is a productive and successful one. If there's one thing we hope that this pandemic has taught us all, it's that rest is necessary and rest can look like different things to different people.
We've pulled together 4 simple activities to help you make the most of your time and more importantly, escape from the stresses of the world.
1. Sewing, Stitching, Punch needle...
Get yourself a set of knitting needles and some yarn of choice and learn how to knit. One form of knitting that is seeming to be quite popular is punch needle embroidery, this particular technique requires a specific tool called a punch needle tool which quite literally, allows you to insert the yarn into the fabric or 'punching' it. @_neimi, who is based in South Africa, as seen above, creates beautiful punch needle designs such as carpets and wall displays that are perfect for any contemporary home.
If you are looking for a community of like-minded women to follow and engage with, check out Black Girl Knit Club. We are quite obsessed with these ladies.
2. Getting stuck in!
Whether you have a large outdoor space with a green thumb, or you are a serial plant-killer, you can still enjoy getting your hands dirty and connecting with nature. Being out in the fresh air is not only good for the environment but also good for the mind as it allows you to realign and connect with yourself. If you don't have a garden, say perhaps you live in an apartment/ flat, you can still enjoy planting your own herb garden along the windowsill or even getting some new plant babies to cherish and nurture.
Why not check out the below video of our Founder and self-proclaimed #PlantBae, Laila, filmed all about therapy for black girls and caring for her plants.
3. Colour inside the lines... or out! it's up to you
Colouring is actually a form of Art Therapy and can allow you to enter a state of meditation, allowing your mind to engage in a specific task while forgetting everything else for a short moment in time.
If you are looking for a little more representation, check out these beautiful colouring books that represent Black men and women as well as plants and patterns by WildSuga. It's a Black-owned brand and the founder, Sarina, also creates illustrated prints, paintings, face masks, the lot!
4. Nothing beats ahead Massage
This one doesn’t need too much of an introduction but massaging your scalp can enhance blood circulation in the head and neck and also helps to condition the scalp, Not to mention, it strengthens the roots to promote hair growth as well! Try adding some natural essential oils in with your shampoo to massage in your scalp like tea tree for that cool and invigorating feeling.
Hope you have a fantastic week ahead and let us know if you've tried any of the above, or if you have different ones that you've been loving.
Keep growing wild
The Wild Seed Team