If given the choice, it’s likely that many people would live in a cabin in the woods, surrounded by trees and birdsong. But the reality is that many of us must live in cities or towns to maintain our jobs and lifestyles.
Escaping into the forest isn’t always an option, but there are ways to get more in tune with nature, wherever you happen to live.
Take Nature Walks
Especially in the current climate, taking daily walks is vital to our wellbeing and mental health. So find the nearest park, forest, or any area imbued with a little nature, and take a walk there.
Take time to appreciate what you see, hear, and smell there, along with how you feel.
The next best thing to living in the woods is to go camping in them.
This is a great family activity that will connect you to nature and let you get back to the basics: sleeping outdoors, cooking food over a campfire, and living without phones and TV.
Take Up Botany
So you live in an apartment? Fill it with plants!
Having plants in one’s home has proven to be beneficial to one’s mental health, and can be a wonderful way to pass time.
If you have a backyard, plant a tree in it. Or, alternatively, find a local group you can join to take part in tree-planting activities.
This will make you feel that you’re doing your part for the planet.
Next time you’re walking on the grass, take your shoes off and feel the earth between your toes.
This will ground your body to the earth and make you feel more connected to it.
Do Some Birdwatching
This can be as simple as getting your hands on a pair of binoculars and a birdwatching book.
Sit quietly and watch the comings and goings of local birdlife, while learning the names and habits of these glorious avian creatures.