CHANGE FOR NATURE: RE-WILD YOUR LIFE
The outdoors is our natural habitat.
Even before we all started sheltering in place, the average person was spending only seven percent of each day outside. Factor in hours of screen time, and it’s no surprise that so many of us are feeling the negative effects of being disconnected from nature.
It’s been proven that people are generally happier and healthier after they’ve reconnected with nature—one study shows that it just take 120 minutes of outdoor time each week to feel noticeable benefits to your health and wellbeing. If you’re able to safely get outdoors and ready to put yourself back in touch with the outdoors, here’s how to do it.
Get Creative Let’s start with an easy one: we created some nature-inspired coloring sheets for you to doodle on whenever you need some downtime. You can download them all right here! They’re outdoorsy in theme, if not in practice. (Unless you do your coloring outside.)
Take a Nature Break Set a timer during your work day for an interval that’s doable for you, then take a five-minute walk outside when the timer goes off. If you can’t go outside or are limiting your trips outdoors, use this time to get up, stretch, and take a long look out your window paired with some deep, restorative breathing.
Exercise Outside Even with a shelter-in-place order, maintaining an exercise regimen is recommended. Whether you’re cycling, running, or taking your yoga practice outdoors, take care to keep a safe distance from others, and plan your route so you can benefit from being in nature while taking care of your body.
Plant, Tend, Grow Starting a garden is most hands-on way to stay regularly connected with nature. Plant things that are native to where you live, and watch how they change season to season. If you have land for your garden, consider planting pollinator plants to give local insects a habitat. If you’re apartment-dwelling, max out every windowsill and shelf with something leafy or flowering.
Bring It In You don’t need acres of land or a park-side address to bring nature into your life. Potted plants on your work-from-home desk, photos from your outdoor travels or videos from natural spaces can all have a positive impact on your day.
For all the benefits that re-wilding your life can have for you mentally and physically, it can also connect you with nature in a way that makes you want to do more to help protect our biodiversity, environments and ecosystems. We thrive when they thrive. If you’re looking for even more ways to change for nature, we have a few ideas.