Turn off the lights and turn on the fun for Earth Hour

Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature. On Saturday 24th March at 8.30pm switch off your lights for an hour in celebration of Earth Hour and use your time in the dark for something a bit different. Here are some suggestions of things to do in with the lights out.

Sleep

Scientists have shown that a 60 minute nap can charge up the brain’s batteries as much as an 8 hour sleep.  Here are some top napping tips: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/11/best-nap-napping-tips_n_5648651.html

Candle-lit dinner

Enjoy a tasty dinner in the calming atmosphere set by candlelight. There are many calming effects of candlelight and in addition to contributing a wonderful glow to the meal, the subdued light of a candle means that your eyes dilate in an effort to let in more light. Dilated pupils look attractive and seductive. Get your romantic cook on with some of these recipes here https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/category/occasion/romantic-meals/

Meditate

Spending an hour meditating or practicing mindfulness can increase the blood flow to your brain, calm you down, and allow you to better handle stress.  Download the Headspace app for meditation made simple.

Glow stick party

When the lights go out, crack open a tube of glow sticks and party like its 1988. Buy a pack of glow sticks from Home Bargains for less than £2.

Listen to music or an audio-book

Pop in some in-ears and take the time to listen to an audio book or some music. Check out https://www.audible.co.uk/ for all your audiobook needs.

Go star-gazing

If it’s a clear night, go outside and look up at the stars. The National Trust offers some great tips for star gazing https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/top-tips-for-stargazing

Listen to nature

Go out in to your garden or a local park and spend some time listening to nature. There are plenty of creatures that come out at night that you’ll not have the opportunity to hear during the day. Here are some tips for a night time nature walk: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/no40-go-on-a-nature-walk-at-night

Go on a bat watch

Find out more about local bat watching activities though the Bat Conservation Trust: http://www.bats.org.uk/

Host an Earth Hour party

Invite your friends over and celebrate the diversity of life with an Earth Hour party. For all the information on Earth Hour check out the official website https://www.earthhour.org/

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