What is biophilia? And could it help you beat stress and boost your wellness?

Biophilia refers to the healing power of nature and it is probably my favourite word in the world! When you’re busy and stressed out one of the easiest ways to calm you down is to simply get out in nature. It’s also great for improving your mental clarity and boosting your overall health.

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Getting out into nature sometimes isn’t as easy (or appealing) in winter as it is in summer but it’s so important for your moods. Seeing sunlight makes you happier and gives you a dose of vitamin D which then prevents Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Mindfulness is key to biophilia so when you get out in nature try to touch things and notice the sounds and smells. If it’s not too cold take your shoes off and feel the sand between your toes or the mist-covered grass under your feet. This is called “grounding” or “earthing” and is a buzz word in the wellness world right now.

When you’re grounding yourself, take 10 breaths, with your eyes closed, so you can really feel yourself in nature. It might sound hippie but, trust me, afterwards you’ll feel on your A-game and be more clear and focused. If you like meditation you can even try meditating in nature as well. If you find your mind wandering try asking yourself these three ask questions to bring you back to the present moment:

What time is it? Now.

Where I am? Here.

What do I have? This moment.

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Lola Berry
Colourful, adventurous and with a healthy dose of Aussie eccentricity, Lola Berry is definitely not your average nutritionist. She blogs, tweets, writes and talks about good health and wholefoods and there's little Lola won't to do to get her message across: eating and living well is easy and fun! Lola's enthusiasm is contagious and her knack for translating the most technical information into easy-to-follow advice has made her one of Australia's most popular nutritionists. She is constantly finding creative ways to help people make small achievable changes in their lives in order to better their health. Lola grew up in a family where health and fitness were celebrated, but by no means a focal point. It wasn't until experiencing her first 'summertime detox' as a teenager that Lola recognised what a huge impact food had on health and wellbeing. Within a few years Lola had completed her Bachelor of Health Science with a major in Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Armed with enthusiasm and tonnes of ideas, Lola made it her mission to help as many people as possible live a healthy, fulfilled life. In 2007, Lola began posting videos full of health tips, nutritional advice and easy, accessible recipes. People responded to her quirky approach and her ‘Fruits and Roots’ webisodes soon led to regular TV appearances and her first book, Lola Berry's Inspiring Ingredients. Lola kept up with her engaging blog and informative e-newsletters and her online following continued to grow. In 2012 Lola released, The 20/20 Diet, which became the number one diet book in Australia within weeks of its release. Lola’s follow-up book, The 20/20 Diet Cookbook, is full of delicious recipes and health creations and has already gone into reprint (even though it was only released in February 2014). Today, Lola is a regular guest on various TV and radio shows and a contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers.