The past year has tested us in more ways than one. All of us have felt the effects of being confined indoors. Screen times have increased more than ever, and physical or mental wellbeing seems to be depleting. Isolation had made us apathetic, constantly stressed by negative emotions, running thin on optimism & patience.
At our core, humans, like all other animals have been wired to stay connected with nature. This is the reason why we are perpetually engrossed and even tranquilized by it. Of course, today we don’t need to hunt for food or shelter, but somewhere, our rhythms still sync with the living world. And when we feel burnt out, lost, or unhappy, reconnecting with nature can bring back a sense of calm and spark hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Even in a world where wild free spaces are a rarity, we can still do some things to instantly feel connected with nature. These simple things offer a great way for us to pause, refresh and reconnect with our inner self and with the world around us. Here are some ways to reconnect with nature:
Bring the outdoors inside
Can’t step out? No problem. Just decide on a small nook and stay in touch with nature by creating your own mini-ecosystem. You can buy plants from your local nursery, set up a balcony garden or, several online services that offer plant subscriptions, vertical gardening options, and even mini terrariums. Or, it can even be a community garden, Spend time every day tending to your plant babies, watch them flourish, and bring over a sense of happiness and calm for you. For example, you can start small if you’d like planting a few jars of herbs (a great way to add some delicious greenery to your home!) or lower-maintenance plants that don’t require too much work. Indoor gardening is a great way to reconnect with nature, and is proven to be therapeutic, and is a simple yet effective way to inculcate meditation in day-to-day life.
Take a Walk/ Hike
Now more than ever, getting outdoors is the only way to break away from the monotony of life. We spend our days cluttered with technology and devices and our lifestyles have become majorly sedentary. With in-house gyms popping up in every locality, our time spent outdoors has taken a hard hit. Going for a stroll or a jog can give us a welcome change of scenery, with the fresh air helping us clear our minds. Additionally, this is a good way to include physical activity. While on a walk, we also notice nature, birds, insects which center us, make us appreciative of life, and widen our perspective to life.
Adopt a Seasonal Diet
There is a much deeper way to reconnect with nature than just being in its presence. Adopting a seasonal diet is one of those ways.
As a generation, we have reached a stage where everything is available all year round. We now have mangoes in winter and apples in the mid of summer. While there are certain upsides to this (food safety, reduction in wastage), it has made us lose connection with nature and our local environment. Eating seasonally also has multiple health benefits because the produce is freshly harvested. Our bodies’ nutrient demands vary with changing seasons- for instance, grains and other produce in summers have cooling properties (cucumbers, watermelons, etc.), it is perfect to keep us hydrated and refreshed. It’s worth paying a visit to the local farmer’s market and picking up fresh fruits and vegetables. This process of picking farm fresh produces syncs all our senses with the current season, minimizes our impact on the environment, and makes us healthier, too.