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biophilia: bringing nature into the home to boost the parasympathetic nervous system

Bringing Nature Indoors for your Parasympathetic Nervous System

A recent Guardian article describes the benefits of being out in nature for your parasympathetic nervous system, cognitive health, memory, and brain function. A quick explanation for anyone who needs it: the parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for your body’s “rest and digest” processes. Things like reducing heart rate and increasing gut motility – the […]

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Stress resilience and connection: Leanne taking part in the Arctic Circle Race

The Relationship Between Stress Resilience and Connection

Back in 2019, my partner Antonia and I took on the Arctic Circle Race, known as the world’s toughest cross-country ski race, held annually in Sisimiut, Greenland. Earlier this year in March, we went on another Arctic adventure – this time with a company called Rat Race. And, as they so often do, this experience

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helping others for wellbeing: a climber helps another climber up onto a higher bit of rock

Think Femur: The Importance Of Helping Others For Our Own Wellbeing

I’ve spent the past few months researching the importance of human connection for my new keynote, BOND. And I realised pretty early on that social relationships, particularly in the age of AI, are more important than ever. In fact, I believe they are the next frontier of wellbeing. So, in this week’s SNAP, I wanted

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The importance of nature connectedness: Leanne wearing Kew Garden's "OUR FUTURE IS BOTANIC" t-shirt

Our Future Is Botanic: What Kew Gardens Taught Me About Nature Connectedness

This week’s SNAP is all about nature connectedness. We recently visited Kew Gardens, and I was totally struck by the power of botanics. It’s something I’ve never really considered—or rather, something I’ve taken for granted: the plants, the fungi, the little creatures that pollinate or break things down, and the relationship they have with each

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Kami the Romanian rescue dog - the importance of strong social relationships for wellbeing by Leanne Spencer

Strong social relationships: the new frontier of wellbeing

Those of you who are familiar with my work will know that I’ve been creating some new material around the power of social connectedness for healthspan. And I wanted to share my own story with you about how I came to recognise its importance of building strong social relationships. Moments of connection A couple of

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Workplace wellness: team standing around a table in front of window

Workplace wellness: four factors that make a happy, healthy and resilient human being

In Q&As I’m often asked what makes a happy, healthy and resilient human being, specifically in a work context. By this I mean an office environment or equivalent. It’s an interesting question because it’s where many of us spend most of each week. So you’d think we’d have workplace wellness nailed down by now. But

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The Power of Social Connectedness - Leanne Spencer wearing bee keeper outfit

Diversity Promotes Resilience: the Power of Social Connectedness

Many of you will have read or heard me tell stories of my time at Lynbreck Croft. If you haven’t, you can find out more about it here. It’s an 150-acre regenerative farm in the Cairngorms, Scotland, run by our friends, Lynn and Sandra. During our most recent visit, we accompanied them to a local

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