WORDS: Ruby Deevoy
Upgrade your summer mindfulness practice with the latest in self-care
We all know that finding spare the hours to prioritise your spirituality is easier said than done. But, as the emerging trend of skychology shows, self-care doesn’t have to be as time-consuming as you might think. In fact, it suggests that you can easily boost your mood by stepping outside and simply looking up. The practice is thought to have tremendous physical, emotional and wellbeing benefits and the good news is, it’s well within your gaze.
Lift your spirit
Research into skychology began as a study into what people experience when they look up at the sky. “I wasn’t looking for the wellbeing benefits when I designed the study,” says Paul Conway, a positive psychology and wellbeing speaker (successfulhumans.org) and researcher into skychology.
“But I soon found that there were instant calming effects from looking up at the sky, greater prosocial behaviour (the intent of helping others) and even enhanced immunity. The results suggested that just looking at the sky presents a window into the experience and remarkable health benefits of ‘awe’, in such a way that everyone, everywhere, everyday can get their daily dose of one of nature’s medicines.”
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