A recent report I ran across finds that spending time in nature a couple of hours a week is what it takes to reap the various health benefits of lowered stress levels, decreased blood pressure, reduce cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and increased life expectancy. If it’s that good, why aren’t more of us doing it? Check out these very doable ways to connect with nature so you can enjoy life more.
Ways to connect with nature are simple – get out in it!
If there’s one thing I could tell people who suffer from depression, stress, and the like – it would be to get out and enjoy the sunshine…and you’ll get to hear birds chirping too.
I’m a huge fan of letting nature heal, and it cures my blues every time. I don’t live near scenery like in the above photo (that’s my husband and son in Big Sky, Montana, but sometimes all it takes is a walk around the block. Other times, I’ll find a nature trail nearby and take a stroll down the most extended pathway.
Our connection to the earth not only heals our soul but also reminds us of how precious our environment is and that we need to take care of it. Observing and interacting with nature regularly can undoubtedly change anyone’s mood to happier thoughts.
5 Terrific Ways to Connect with Nature
If you’re looking for ways to connect yourself with nature, following these 5 simple acts to get that connection started.
- Instead of looking for a great place for a selfie, take time to feel the environment’s energy. Observe the trees, leaves, and animals around you. Take a moment to sit and be present in what nature can provide you.
- Plant a tree and watch it grow over time. My son and I did this when he received a tree from the garden club at school. He loves watering it and watching it sprout with green leaves. You can read all about it here – 6 Ways Trees Benefit the Environment.
- Observe and interact with animals – not your pets! All kinds of birds, squirrels, deer, rabbits – notice how the sounds they make and try to think about what they love about nature and how they connect with nature.
- Think about the food chain. It can be sad to know that predators eat our lovely nature friends, but it’s the nature of this world. If you think that all living creatures are here on earth for a reason, all this goes much better. Please educate yourself on this, so you have a better understanding of how our world evolves.
- Leave your shoes inside, walk around in the grass barefoot, and dig your hands into the dirt; whatever you can do to connect with the earth physically will help develop your relationship with it more deeply. If you have a garden of any kind – work in it – without gloves.
If nothing else, put your walking shoes on first thing in the morning and go outside. Find some shade and sit and look around. Listen to the birds’ chirp and look for unusual things.
And, if you’re in or near Colorado (which I love deeply for all things outdoors), you can go (affiliate link) Whitewater River Rafting in Colorado just one time to satisfy your hunger for nature and get a thrill at the same time!
Source: Scientific Report
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