Many of us now live in fast-paced cityscapes or busy suburban neighborhoods, and spend most of our time in front of our computers, televisions, and phones.
While it’s easy to disconnect from nature, studies show that staying connected to nature is critical to both our health and happiness. From fighting depression to stress and even fatigue, getting outdoors has many benefits.
Remember that nature is not always a destination; You can also find it in your own backyard!
Whether exploring a local park or finding solace tending to plants in the garden, we can celebrate our connection to nature and the changing seasons without having to go much further than our front door.
This is how you can build your own connection with nature:
Connect with nature using all your senses
Take the time to stop and smell the flowers.
Slowing down and taking time to use all your senses to connect with nature allows both the body and mind to decompress.
Start by closing your eyes and taking a few moments to relax. Feel the sun and the wind on your face and notice how your body relaxes.
Involve your family
Make nature part of your daily routine by involving your family!
Take a walk in a nearby park, grow your own vegetables, or go for an evening walk around your neighborhood and take time to observe the nature around you.
Growing up surrounded by nature can do wonders for children’s physical and mental well-being. Time in nature also teaches children the importance of their actions and the effects they can have on the surrounding natural world.
Bringing nature to you
Access to natural places can be difficult depending on how or where you live.
Try to bring nature to you!
If you have a garden or balcony, think about how to make the most of it. Grow flowers, vegetables or install a bird feeder to enhance the sights and sounds around you.
Even watching and listening to nature through documentaries, art and sound can offer some of the benefits of being in nature, including relaxation and evoking positive emotions.
Getting outdoors can help reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and calm the mind.
Plus, you’ll get a boost of fresh air and vitamin D! Leave your headphones at home and try new routes that bring you closer to green spaces and moving water.
Make a positive difference
Taking care of something can be a great way to make yourself feel good!
Taking care of nature helps you feel like you’re doing your part and that can make you feel more positive everywhere.
Make a conscious habit of things like:
- eliminate single-use plastic
- Saving water
- turning off the lights
- bike or walk instead of driving
It can have such a significant impact.
Each of us has the ability to make a positive difference, and if we all commit to doing a little good. by critical mass, it will have a great impact.
Nature is for everyone and it is important to remember that it is not always about going off the beaten path.
From forests and parks to planters and even houseplants, you can find nature wherever you are!