13 Tips on connecting back to nature
Spending our days staring at screens at home or in the office can be a bummer. It’s important that we figure out ways to stay present, even when our routine becomes very familiar and repetitive.
A great way to create a healthy habit of staying present is by taking time each day to connect back to nature. It doesn’t have to take up too much of your time, but it surely will make your day feel less like the last. When we connect back to nature, we are in tune with all the life happening all around us. That connection is good for us and for the planet.
If you’re struggling to figure out how exactly to incorporate connecting back to nature into your day, don’t worry! We got you covered. Here are some easy ways to connect back to nature today and every day:
- Walk barefoot: Feeling the grass between your toes or the pavement beneath your feet is a sensory pleasure that helps you stay grounded–literally!
- Drive the scenic route: Rather than taking the same route home that you take every day, take a back road or the long way home once in awhile. By breaking up your routine, you might find some new spots you didn’t know existed, or at the very least see something you haven’t seen before!
- Meet up with friends at the park: Make a plan for a midday picnic or to play cards in the park with friends. (Bonus points if it’s a dog park!)\
- Eat lunch outside: We know some of you have really busy schedules. But we all get a lunch break. Spice things up by eating outside and challenge yourself to leave your phone at your desk! Unplugging–even just for a moment–does wonders.
- Do yoga, exercise or meditation outdoors: This one speaks for itself. Not only are you helping your body stay healthy, but the fresh air and sunshine keep your body happy, too!
- Grow a plant in your garden: They say that the endorphins we get from putting our hands in healthy soil is the same as when we eat our favourite food. Give it a try!
- Stop and smell some flowers: Good-smelling plants are all around us. On your walk in to work, try to see which plants smell nice and make a point to take a moment each day to appreciate them!
- Go birdwatching: It may sound boring but you’ll be surprised at how many birds you can find at your local park or wooded area. There are apps that can help you identify them, too!
- Make a plan to watch the sunrise or sunset: Starting the day or ending the day with something so beautiful can only reproduce a positive cycle for days ahead.
- Buy a plant for your house: Not only will they make some nice, clean oxygen for you to breathe, but a pop of green in any room is sure to brighten your mood.
- Bask in the sun for 15 minutes, eyes closed: Especially in winter, if you work at a desk job, you’re likely not getting enough vitamin D. That might explain why you’re feeling sad or sluggish. Trust us, take a moment and sit in the sun each day. You’ll thank us after.
- Use essential oils like lavender, peppermint, tea tree or eucalyptus: Not only do these smell nice, but they’ve got health benefits, too! Lavender helps with anxiety and peppermint helps with digestion!
- Go for a walk: The easiest of them all. A walk costs nothing, but the beauty of nature all around you is priceless.
Connecting back to nature will not only help your physical well-being, but it is good for the planet, too. When you’re connected to nature, you will be more likely to do all you can to protect her.