Research has shown that being close to nature can help us to feel more connected to life and make us much happier generally.
When we’re stuck in front of screens all day, it can be easy to overlook what’s happening outside and become somewhat disconnected from “real life”. If you’re fed up with looking at your screen, then consider taking a break and doing something that allows you to get as close to nature as possible.
It’s a good idea to get outside for some fresh air at least once a day – even a 10-15 minute walk around the block can work wonders. Fresh air can help you feel much more energised and alert, and may ward off symptoms of screen fatigue.
You could also try learning a few gardening skills or developing some new ones. If you don’t have a garden, then consider growing some plants indoors, or in any small outdoor space you may have like a balcony or patio. Having plants or a green area to tend to can help to give you a focus and studies have shown that having plants in your space can raise productivity, reduce anxiety levels and improve our general wellbeing.
If you have a pet, then consider switching off your devices and spending some quality time with them too. Being close to animals is another great way to connect with nature and step outside the technological bubble that many of us have become stuck in.
If you have a dog, then why not spend some time teaching them a new trick or playing fetch? Chances are, you’ll feel much better for it, and so will your dog.
For more ideas on how to get closer to nature, you might want to check out our article; 32 ways to connect with nature and feel inspired.