Here at As Nature Intended, we strongly believe that Nature knows best! And bringing Nature to your everyday life can give your health and wellbeing a significant boost! But, how to spend more time in Nature, especially if you live in a big city like London?
We found an interesting article on The Guardian (original article here) with five tips on how to feel closer to Nature and we wanted to share them with you! So, let’s start the journey towards a more natural lifestyle!
- Adapt your Routine
According to research by the University of Exeter Medical School, two hours a week spent in nature – even if split into short bursts – can give health and wellbeing a significant boost. Dr Mathew White, who led the study, suggested that a sense of tranquillity could be key. Starting your day with a coffee in the garden, or even near an open window, is a simple way to inspire calm! And what about going outside during your lunch break or spending a few minutes looking at the night sky before bed?
- Pay Attention to Nature around You
Leanne Manchester of the Wildlife Trusts encourages people to take a closer look at plants, trees and even weeds. “Stop to watch bees buzzing around flowers. There’s life everywhere, but it is so easy to miss it; instead, slow down, stop and notice it.” Jo Phillips, a director of the Forest School Association, suggests looking for “five beautiful things” to engage your senses. “It could be a flower, the clouds, lichen on trees, or the natural light.”
- Bring Nature to your Window
“For those who can’t get outside, bird boxes close to a window can provide interest all year round, as can growing and nurturing plants on a windowsill,” says Francis. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds holds its Big Garden Birdwatch each year, at the end of January. This involves spending an hour observing birds – and you can even do it from a window with a good view!
- Share in Nature
Why not get off the bus a stop early or going for a walk during breaks at work? They are simple ways to increase exposure to nature! If you’re walking with someone, Phillips suggests pointing out elements that have caught your eye, especially if you are with children. “Looking after the planet needs to become a priority, so we should do everything we can to ensure the parents of the future have memorable experiences in nature, so they can pass on that knowledge to their children.”
- Find Green Spaces
With more than 62,000 urban green spaces in Great Britain, one should never be too far away! The Wildlife Trusts has a searchable online map of its nature reserves, almost all of which have free entry; it also provides a list of accessible nature reserves. Greenspace, a downloadable layer in Ordnance Survey maps, is said to be Britain’s most comprehensive catalogue of green spaces for leisure and recreation. So, choose your favourite one and spend time in nature!