Despite evolving to interact with our natural environment through running, playing, touching and engaging our rich sensory experience in nature, today, many of us live rather sedentary lives. We sit inside at our computers all day and get minimal outdoor exercise.
Humans are not designed to be surrounded by all this concrete and metal. But despite our intelligent design, many of us are caught up in the hamster wheel of driving to work in our metal boxes, pent up all day in a cubicle surrounded by artificial lighting, just to drive home and repeat this cycle day after day.
As a symptom of our modern lifestyles, ironically, we’re more likely to watch the wilderness via nature programming on TV than immerse ourselves in the real, tangible thing.
It’s time for us to prioritize time to engage with the beautiful earth that surrounds us.
Green Your Spaces
Even small and simple interactions with nature can give us a zing of energy.
If at first, you find yourself struggling to manage your time to squeeze more nature into your booked agenda, you only need to invest minimally to bring the wild to you.
Purchasing small, potted plants to decorate your home is not only a visually appealing way to decorate your home space, but it’s also an easy way to bring the natural world to you.
Many plants that thrive indoors assist in purifying and humidifying our air, gift our spaces with natural aromas and support us in restful sleep and managing our mental and emotional health.
- Purchase a few herb plants such as basil, rosemary and mint for your kitchen counter to incorporate in meals.
- Sip a cup of soothing and relaxing, freshly harvested mint tea as you read a book next to your African Violet flowers.
- Redirect your gaze from computer work to appreciate the diverse shapes and colors of your office desk succulent garden.
With minimal water and attention, interior gardens will incorporate and inspire a deeper connection with the natural world around you.
Get Time in the Wild
The sooner we recognize that time outdoors is an essential part of our overall well-being, the quicker we’ll come to prioritize time spent outside.
- Take a moment to smell the roses. Literally.
- Notice the nature creeping through the concrete cracks in the city.
- Walk through parks.
- Take a weekend to go hiking in the countryside.
Studies have shown that walking outdoors can reduce anxiety and stress, so no matter where you are, you need not venture far to escape your four walls and breath in the outside air.
It’s not a question of access, but of making it a priority to connect with your natural environment, no matter how sprawling or confined it maybe.
If you have enough time to watch a show about nature, you have enough time to go out and experience the real thing.
Turn Off Your Devices
With our growing reliance on technology for entertainment, time spent without it continues to decrease rapidly. And the truth is, the more high-tech our lives become, the greater our need for nature becomes.
Observe yourself. How much time do you spend scrolling and “liking” throughout the day?
When was the last time you interacted with the world without trying to capture the experience, slap a filter on it and share with your social media community?
Leave the tweeting to the birds, not your phone. Do you really need another picture of that sunset or can you give yourself permission to simply savor it for yourself?
Smell the dirt. Feel the sun on your face. Walk barefoot on the Earth.
Relish in the moment.
The more our lives become entangled with the technological world, the more essential it becomes that we make room to honor, celebrate and connect with the natural world around us.
Allow it to invigorate and inspire you. Give yourself permission to witness beauty and wonder at the life that thrives amongst you.
We are animals after all.