• Kim Bresseleers

Connect with nature


Connecting with nature is profoundly good for your mind, body and soul and it helps you find peace in your busy life.


The key is to find small ways to notice and appreciate the presence of nature in your daily life. Once you start looking, you may be surprised to discover just how much nature is part of your everyday environment, and how just a few moments of connecting with it can brighten your day and enrich your life.

8 SIMPLE WAYS TO CONNECT WITH NATURE


1. Let Nature In

  • Opening your windows, blinds, curtains, and even doors allows sunlight and natural air to flow through your home, giving it a more relaxing and natural atmosphere.

  • Having nature images or natural treasures in your indoor environment or creating a peaceful outdoor setting indoors will help you stay connected with nature and the special places you love. You’ll also receive some of the physical and mental health benefits of actually being in those places.


2. Observe

Spend some time each day outside observing what's happening around you. You'll begin to notice things about your environment that you've never seen before, and increase your awareness of your surroundings.


3. Go For a Walk or Exercise Outside

It doesn't matter if you walk in the local park or around the neighborhood, getting outside exposure and exercising are good for your health and strengthen your connection with nature.


4. Go Screen-free and Plan Outdoor Activities

  • Take breaks from electronic devices, especially when you’re outside. Also read: "Digital detox: how to find balance?"

  • Enjoy observing and exploring the world around you, tuning into the presence of plants, birds, clouds, and other natural beauty. It is necessary for our physical and mental health that we go outside sometimes.

  • Stargazing is a fun and nostalgic way to admire the universe and all of its possibilities. It's humbling to be reminded that our lives here on Earth are a part of an enormous picture formed by millions of worlds that we can hardly even begin to dream of.

  • Visit Bodies of Water. Water is the fundamental basis of all life on Earth and natural bodies of water are absolutely beautiful. Plus the sound of water is naturally soothing.

  • A camping trip with buddies or family is a great way to bond not only with each other but also with nature. Escape from everyday life and find yourself with the trees, stars, and campfire stories.

  • Although driving in the countryside isn't completely natural, if you roll down the windows and let the breeze flow through your hair, you enjoy the natural experience just as well.


5. Bring It Outside

Take something that you already do, but bring it outside to your garden, a park or beautiful outdoor setting, and enhance your enjoyment and the health benefits.

A few great options: exercise, meals, reading, writing, yoga, meditation, and sharing time with friends or family.


6. Eat Fresh Foods

Eating foods that were naturally grown or raised and recently harvested works wonders for your health and well-being, and knowing your food was naturally produced allows you to savor each meal with confidence in your ingredients. You can shop at a local farmer's market or grow your own vegetables and fruits.


7. Start a Garden

Growing a garden is a fascinating experience that exposes you directly to the work of nature as you watch your plants grow. Most plants are simple to maintain and several edible plants can even be grown indoors!


8. Gratitude

Every day, we receive many beautiful and useful gifts from the natural world, mostly without noticing. Look for opportunities to appreciate these gifts more, even just for a few moments. Consider keeping a gratitude journal. The more you feel and express your gratitude, the more it will nourish you.


Also read: "Gratitude can make you happier."





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