DEVELOP A GROWTH MINDSET:
Mindset, as defined by psychologist Carol Dweck, is a set of beliefs or attitudes people hold about themselves and their abilities. Two types of mindsets exist: fixed and growth. People with a fixed mindset believe their qualities or abilities are fixed, or static, with little room for improvement. For them, success and talent come naturally and are earned with little effort. With a growth mindset, people believe their abilities can be developed and improved with time, dedication and hard work. For them, talent and natural ability are just a starting point and failure is an opportunity for growth and new learning.
Movement is not simply another word for exercise. When we say movement, we're talking about a large spectrum of activities. Going for a run or to the gym, for example, is not the only way to get movement. There is plenty of research out there that emphasizes the importance of daily exercise for our physical and mental health. That's not breaking news. What we're interested in is helping you discover new ways to move around that you enjoy and find fun. Play and flow are topics we frequently explore.
Cultivating a practice of mindfulness is like going to the gym to train and build the muscles in your body. Incorporating mindfulness, both formally and informally, into your day helps build capacity for emotional well-being and self-regulation. That way, when you find yourself in a moment of stress or anxiety you have the tools to manage and work through it in a healthy way. When we talk about mindfulness at Nature Unplugged, we most resonate with John Kabat-Zinn's definition as the “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”
Why Join the Movement?
Discover (or rediscover) the beauty and benefits of nature
Regain control of the tech/media in your life by setting healthy boundaries
Live more intentionally by developing or deepening your mindfulness practice
Understand your values, how they inform your behaviors and attitudes, and learn how to align your goals to them
Reclaim a spirit of playfulness and reinsert free time into your day
Spend more time outdoors and less time inside - learn about the natural resources available to you in San Diego
Build capacity for self-reflection and self-awareness
Find your voice - get in touch with what you want and how to ask for it
Achieve more by adopting a goal orientation and improving your goal-making skills
Try new things, learn to lean into discomfort and push the edges of your comfort zone
- Just 5 minutes in nature can improve your mood
- Average daily media use: Tweens spend an average of 6 hours a day and teens spend an average of 9 hours a day
- Mobile devices account for nearly half of all screen time used among teens (46%) and tweens (41%) - common sense media
- 95% of Americans own cell phones, 77% of Americans own smartphones (http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheet/mobile/)
- Americans check their phone an average of 76 times a day for a cumulative two and a half hour (https://blog.dscout.com/mobile-touches)
- Time in nature increases focus, mood, physical health, emotional well being and creativity.
- Time spent in nature decreases: anxiety, stress, depression, diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, obesity.
An east-coast native, Sonya grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has enjoyed living across the states and abroad. She has lived in southern California for over three years now, and recently planted roots in Encinitas, California with her husband, Sebastian Slovin.
Embodying the spirit of a life-long learner, Sonya recently completed her second master's degree in leadership studies from the University of San Diego, where she is also currently employed. Firm in her belief that joy, peace and happiness can be found through mindful communication, simplicity, movement and continuous learning, she is excited to join Sebastian at Nature Unplugged.
Since he can remember, nature has been a central part of Sebastian’s life. He was fortunate to grow up in a beach community and spent his childhood in the ocean bodyboarding, surfing, and swimming. He was then able to travel and experience many of the world’s great surf spots as a professional bodyboarder. Through his travel, Sebastian developed a deep love and appreciation for our natural world, and at the same time, he was strongly drawn to the practice of Yoga. His love for nature led him to a B.A. in Environment and Natural Resource Conservation. He then went on to study at the Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, California. He also holds a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. He is the author of The Adventures of Enu and Ashes in the Ocean.