Humans have a natural connection with nature. Ever notice how a simple walk can make you feel amazing alive? Just being outside can do wonders to restore our mood and lift our spirits.
Unfortunately, that connection is severed. Recent social distancing measures have forced us all to learn about life indoors, not just in the US but worldwide. Now that things are loosening up a bit, we can ditch Netflix and puzzles and reconnect with nature. Finding ways to connect with nature during COVID-19 is imperative for both your mental and physical well-being.
Regardless of where you live, there are ways to connect with nature during COVID-19, inside or out. Here are some ways to keep your connection to the natural world during these unprecedented times.
Plant a Garden
Green thumb or not, you might consider using the outdoor space you do have. Growing your own food, even if just one tomato plant or some herbs, it is wildly satisfying and a great way to connect deeply with the splendor of the natural world. If you don’t have a backyard, consider container gardening on the balcony, porch, or deck.
Take a Hike
Even in the city, there always seems to be a hidden treasure for you to get outside and take a hike. Hiking will help you connect deeper with nature, it is excellent for improving wellness. It’s obviously great for your physical health, but did you know hiking can improve your mental health as well? The impact of social distancing on the mind is real, but getting outside and taking a hike could decrease some of that stress and anxiety you might very well be feeling.
Go For a Walk Around the Block
Even a walk around the block will connect you to nature, especially if you live in the city! Just make yourself get outside once a day, it can be incredibly beneficial. While out, tune in to the natural world. Spring is in full bloom, be sure to notice. Blooming flowers and bright green buds. Bird songs and butterflies. Bees taking in the nectar from freshly bloomed flowers. Feel the sun on your face and be thankful stay-at-home orders didn’t happen mid-winter! Taking a mindful walk can do wonders to shift your perception and give you a deeper sense of connection to the natural world around you.
Connecting With Nature Indoors
Strict social distancing measures have many of us indoors more than we’ve ever been before. If you’re unable to get outside as much as you’d like, there are still ways you can connect with nature from the comfort of your own home.
Invest in a Houseplant
Whether you live in a small apartment or a big house, houseplants give you a direct connection to the natural world. Caring for them can also bring a lot of joy. Or,If your like me, and don’t exactly have a green thumb, some easy houseplants to care for include spider plants, pothos, and philodendrons. Aloe and other succulents are also easy to care and excellent for anyone who’s convinced they can’t keep a plant alive. I tend to leans toward gorgeous artificial flowers myself.
Plant Some Herbs in a Sunny Window
Even if you live on the 5th floor of an apartment building and don’t have a balcony, you can still connect with nature by bringing nature indoors. Growing herbs in a sunny windowsill is easy, inexpensive, and can help harness a serious connection to nature, without venturing outside at all. Growing herbs comes with a big bonus, too. You can use your fresh grown herbs in your favorite dishes! Herb kits can also easily be ordered online if you can’t make it to your local nursery.
Take a Virtual Tour of a National Park
Being required to distance ourselves socially has also led to a lot more time spent online. Instead of watching TV or mindlessly scrolling social media, you can feel liek you are outside, by taking a virtual tour of one of the many beautiful US National Parks. The National Park Foundation has put together an amazing collection of National Park tours anyone can enjoy from home.
Making a priority to connect with nature during the COVID-19 pandemic is essential for our overall well-being. Whether indoors or outside, do yourself a favor and commit to connecting with nature as much as you possibly can.
Have a blessed and beautiful day...outside and stay well!