Nature and Us: Jathilda

I had a submission last month sent in by Jathilda. It is a beautiful read and I was delighted to receive it. I hope you enjoy it as much I did.


Hardly any topic is as much discussed as environmental matters. Yet there aren´t enough efforts to disburden our beautiful earth. Against this backdrop, it is more important than ever to take action. Whether that might mean buying groceries at your local market, reducing emissions by riding the bike, supporting sustainable businesses or raising awareness for this theme.

The blogger Talitha Tulloch from Talitha’s Travels created a series called #natureandus which revolves around our planet, the breathtaking wonders it´s offering us and how we can give
some eco-friendly love back.


Sometimes we seem to forget what an actual honor it is to live on this planet. How lucky we are to catch a glimpse of nature´s miracles.

I can still remember the moment, when I first experienced my love for nature.


It was 2004, when toddler-me visited my second home, the Philippines, for the first time. My father´s German and my Mother´s Filipina, and although I was born and raised in Germany, I always felt a deeper connection to my Filipino roots. After we had visited our relatives in Manila, we traveled to Boracay, the most breathtaking place I’ve ever been to.

When we got off the plane, our hotel room wasn´t ready yet. We used this spare time to take a break from the flight in an adorable café, which was only a couple of steps away from the beach.

After my mother ordered some beverages, I became very impatient and fidgety. All I could think about was
jumping off my chair and running into the turquoise, sparkling waves. Which is exactly what I did after another five minutes of annoying my mother with my chair acrobatics. Since my bikini was still
locked in a suitcase, all that a café guest could see, was a cheering toddler in Hello Kitty panties, stumbling towards the beach on the most excited pair of legs

The water touched my feet, and in that moment I felt pure, genuine joy. Until today I feel the most happy on the beach.

Beaches fill my heart with bliss and every sense of stress, irritation or
helplessness disappears. Nothing compares to this wonderful bond with nature.


That´s why pictures of coral bleaching, littered beaches and plastic-contaminated oceans are not only making me sad, but furious. The good thing is, that we have still time to turn this ship around.

We can still take actions to make this earth liveable for future generations, to make sure that the waves
of enlightenment hit our children or grandchildren, too.


-Jathilda


Thank you so much Jathilda for your submission! Here are their social media links to find more about them:

Nature and us: Forests

When I started this project, I started to talk about it with a coworker. We spoke about how the Japanese use forests to help him de-stress. He mentioned how he notices the difference to his mind and body as soon as he walks amongst the trees. He can feel the stress leave him. He feels better.

It got me thinking, why does this happen? Why is it important we all get out into nature?

The Japanese have a type of therapy that they find is working. It’s called Forest Bathing.

Silvotherapy – Forest bathing.

(Photo from: Global wellness Institute)

What is it? Walking into the green and soaking up the air, feeling the tension, anxiety and stress leave your body. Studies taken by Japanese researchers found that just taking a 40 minute walk among on a forest floor reduces the glucose levels in diabetics, it has a positive affect on those who suffer with depression and even anger.

How can we do this though if there are no forests left, for both us and the wildlife?

Can you guess roughly how many trees are cut down every year? I was shocked when I looked into it. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2016 State of the Forests report, it revealed that 7 million hectares of forest are lost annually while agricultural land expands by 6 million. How many acres is that annually that’s lost? 172,973,76. All that land decimated.

What is the impact on the Earth??

Well animals lose their home. How would you feel if you were minding your business and all of a sudden you were evicted from your home with no where else to go and no say in the matter. You have grown up there, it is familiar and all of a sudden it is gone. That happens to so many, many animals everyday and they have no voice.

Trees soak up the carbon dioxide and pump out clean oxygen. Now, people chop down trees, and replace them with farm animals or mining facilities. Creating more carbon dioxide becoming a burden on the climate, because they got rid of the trees that were helping us.

Showing a tree some love – Tree hugging.

If you have never hugged a tree, you are missing out. Why is it beneficial? Hugging a tree basically makes you happy. It releases the hormones oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin.


Trees are more than amazing. We need to stop the destruction of them, otherwise we are going to have none left.

Here are some charities to check out and/or support if you are able:

Sources: The Understory,Forest Bathing, Definition of Forest bathing

To learn how you can get involved with my project, check out my Nature and Us page.

Nature and Us

On this blog, I like to combine lots of subjects. But for the month of July, I will only be talking about one. That will be the Earth.

Our Earth is damaged. For hundreds of years, more so recently, humans have battered nature to the point that many animals and species of plants have become extinct. We are ruining the Earth.

To try and bring more awareness, for the entire month of July, I will be talking about why I love our planet, and ways that different people are helping.

What I would like from you?

I want you to join in. You can tweet on Twitter or post on Instagram, using the hashtag #natureandus. I want you to talk about why you love this planet and/or how you are helping lessen the damage mankind is doing.

It can be anything. A poem, video, a story about a day out you had in nature as a kid or an adult. It can be about your favorite animals or your favourite plants. It is in your control!

It can be anonymous or credited! You will get an entire post dedicated to you! And if you want me to, your social media links can be added.

To help me find your suggestion, send it directly to me. To find my social media’s, go to my about page.

You can, of course, comment on this post or even go to the Nature and Us page. Email me at talithatullochsstravels@gmail.com, or go to the contact me page.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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