Modern day life has created so many obstacles to the natural world that we feel disconnected. Technological connection seems to be leading to disconnection with nature.
About 10 years ago I learned the hard way that we do not have endless battery life and we all need to recharge from time to time before our bodies decide to pull the plug for us. It was time to turn my life around and reconnect with nature, get back to what really nurtured me. But in a way that meant I didn’t need to give up my lifestyle completely and move into a tipi in the woods.
Apart from the obvious digital detox and getting active outdoors in your local park instead of in the gym — here are 12 ways to restore your inner connection with nature when you are not able to actually get out and fully immerse yourself in its natural beauty.
Stop. Breathe. Watch. Listen. Smell. Touch. Feel. Taste.
Nature is not a luxury — it is essential for our mental and physical health. Who doesn’t feel uplifted after a walk outside or even better in the woods or on the beach? In 2015 Stanford University found that people who walked in nature showed decreased activity in the part of the brain associated with stress, anxiety and depression.
Having a connection with nature is deeply personal. We all have it to varying degrees. There is no right or wrong. Find your way, your enchanted wood in the city, doing what’s best for you. And remember, if you don’t have the opportunity to escape the city today, you don’t need to stray as far from home to see nature as you may have thought.
Be an urban nature detective. Where else have you found nature in the city
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