Hermit Crabs – No More Plastic

Hermit Crabs – No More Plastic

They may look like crabs, but are they?

Hermit crabs are not really like other crabs, sure they look similar, but there are some pretty big differences. Hermit crabs don’t have a hard outer shell covering their whole body. Only the front end has the hard shell of a crustacean, the other half of their body, which is curled inside an acquired home, is soft, squishy and curled to one side.

Hermit Crabs aren’t really hermits at all, and they aren’t exactly crabs either?. Rather than living in solidarity and hiding out in the dark corners of a lonely rock pool, Hermit crabs are incredibly social. They live together in large family groups, swapping shells, sharing tidal pools and fighting over food.

Dressed to Impress

Dressed to impress, hermit crabs share their spacious abode with a garden of friends. Stacked atop their spiralled homes are sea anemones, strange collectables, shells and sometimes human recyclables.

To protect their bodies from the hot sun, hungry birds and octopus, the hermit crab needs to find shelter in the discarded shells of sea snails. Hermit Crabs don’t grow their own shells and need to find new ones as they grow bigger.

If there aren’t enough shells to go around, the hermit crab will find an alternative, and sometimes that could mean recycling human rubbish and popping on a tin can or a plastic cup until a better housing alternative is available.

It may look cute and quirky to see a little crab wearing human garbage, but truthfully the trash we put in the oceans impacts the crabs negatively. Plastics in the sea and everywhere for that matter increase ocean acidification, which means that the ocean becomes toxic, and animals that grow shells like crabs and sea snails, cuttlefish and lobster, won’t be able to anymore and will die.

Hermit crabs choose alternative options with fewer shells available, and this could be anything from a plastic cup to a tin can. Plastic micro-particles in seawater interfere with the hermit’s ability to make decisions when choosing the right sized shell and changes their motor function, meaning they can’t move properly anymore. It’s as if they have a brain injury.

It means they can die from starvation. They can’t move their bodies properly and get eaten by predators because they don’t have the right shell to protect them.

Say ‘no’ to Plastics

Hermit crabs are sensitive social little beings. They live a really long time, as long as 40 years in the wild. There are over 800 species of hermit crab, and they live in coastal areas across the world.
To make sure these cute little guys stick around on our gorgeous planet earth we need to make better choices when it comes to what we buy and how it is packaged.
Plastics are forever, the more we create, the more that ends up in our oceans, our drinking water and our food.
Choose products in the supermarket that have bio-degradable packets, use garbage bags that are compost friendly, and do not buy water in a plastic bottle.
Just a few small changes make a world of good!

Link and Resources

More on Ocean Acidification
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/acidification.html

What is a Hermit Crab
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/facts/hermit-crabs

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/

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Just Breathe

Just Breathe

The breath is a quiet observer to how you think and feel and how healthy you are in mind and body; short, shallow breathing reveals anxiety, high blood pressure, poor digestion, irritability and emotional instability. And a deep long and sumptuous breath is often the opposite and reflects a harmonious and balanced approach in mind and body and emotional stability.

 

Just like everything we consume – the breath can either be a medicine or a poison; depending on how you use it. If your breathing is short and restricted will increase acidity as well as activate your sympathetic nervous system – keeping you anxious and edgy all day. Learning how to breathe properly to enhance the quality of your life and improve your health and wellbeing.

 

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 The ability to connect and grow authentic relationships with our friends and family is essential for your health and wellbeing and learning deep breathing will help you do that.

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Daily Relaxation and Deep Breathing

Daily Relaxation and Deep Breathing

Daily Relaxation and Deep Breathing

Learning to relax and reset the mind and the body is essential for your everyday health and wellbeing.
Deep breathing and mindfulness meditation are proven and effective in relieving stress, anxiety and depression.
Learn how to breath deeply to boost your mood, re-focus the mind and get a good nights rest by learning this easy and effective tool. Only a few minutes a day of mindfulness and meditation has been proven to change your chemistry, balance your emotions and help you to think more clearly.

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The Yogic Breath

The Yogic Breath

The Yogic Breath

The yogic breath is a breathing activity that extends upon the diaphragmatic breath.
Learning deep breathing which incorporates visualisation and rhythm helps to focus the mind, increase concentration and develop the ability to extend the length of the breath. 

In this pranayama activity, we move the breath from the lowest point of the spine to the highest point in six counts. The yogic breath is a deeply relaxing activity that helps to strengthen mind-body connection and trains you to stay focused and present.

To learn how to perform the Diaphragmatic Breath click here.

Tips and Tricks

  • After establishing a smooth and rhythmic diaphragm breath practice, begin to extend the length of your breath to a 3 part yogic breath. Once you are able to complete a 3 part breath then graduate to the 6 part breath.
  • Aim to keep the breath smooth and relaxed as you work your way up and down the spine.
  • This breath is best performed sitting or standing in a straight position with the shoulders relaxed and the spine straight.
  • Try this activity for at least 10 minutes for the best results.

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Know Me, Know You – Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise

Know Me, Know You – Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise

Know Me, Know You – Diaphragmatic Breathing

Learning to breathe correctly is essential for health and wellbeing and diaphragmatic breathing is an amazing technique in stabilizing and managing emotional disturbances and re-training your nervous system. The ability to connect and grow authentic relationships with our friends and family is essential for your health and wellbeing and learning deep breathing will actually help you develop closely bonded relationships.

 Diaphragmatic breathing activates the Vagus Nerve which is the longest nerve in the body and is connected to your heart, lungs and diaphragm. The Vagus Nerve releases a neurotransmitter called Acetylcholine, which stimulates the growth and repair of nerve cells in your brain, boosts your immunity, reduces inflammation and makes you feel a whole lot calmer, Long, deep and controlled breathing reduces your blood pressure, improves cell function, and reduces the long-term organ damage. Find out more on how you can breathe deeply to live longer here … https://www.horatiosjar.com.au/blog/

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The Ocean Breath – A Pranayama Breath Technique

The Ocean Breath – A Pranayama Breath Technique

The Ocean Breath

The Breath is an amazing tool that can be used to reshape the mind and body.
The Ocean Breath is a pranayama breath practice that is used in meditation and yoga as a way to unify the mind and the body.
The breath is slow, rhythmical with a distinctive hushing and snoring sound that qualifies this technique and the ocean breath.

Practised frequently and accurately, the ocean breath formally named the Ujjayi Breath will help you to live longer, feel better and get smarter. To find out more on the magic of breath practices follow this link to the Just Breathe Blog where you will find an entire library of free resources for all ages.

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