Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein
Nature is such a basic part of life that we sometimes lose track of it and of how important it is. It’s easy to forget about it in an urban space that lacks trees and plants. However, connecting and re-connecting with nature is one of the best ways to find serenity and replenish our energy.
Going on a trip, a retreat, a hike, or any other immersive experience can be powerful. It leaves you feeling deeply connected with the natural world and calms your mind. But if you can’t dedicate a full week to hiking or can’t just disconnect from the world for even a day, there are still many things you can do to achieve peace.
Locate green spaces near you. Find parks or streets that have more trees than usual. Plan your routes and walks to take you closer to these areas. A longer walk through a green street is better than a short trek through an urban landscape. Even if your city is extremely urban, there are sure to still be small pockets of greenery, gardens, or just patches of trees and grass.
You can also bring nature closer to you by cultivating plants inside your own spaces. Grow flowers, trees, or succulents that make you feel good and add a splash of green to your workspace. A plant can make a huge difference in how you feel and can center you in stressful situations.
Plants in your home can help you reconnect with nature, but they have a host of other advantages. They purify the air and absorb the heat. They can even make you a bit more creative and add a sense of peace to your daily routine.
There are other ways to introduce nature into your life. Check your nutrition: are you eating fruit and vegetables? Do you eat plant-based foods? While you might not like all these foods, you can find that they also make a difference in your well-being. More plant-based food can help you feel physically better and can also help you connect with the world you live in. It’s even better if you cook something for yourself, especially if you tend to favor packaged or processed meals.
Nature is all around us. If you feel disconnected from it, you might feel the effects on your mental health and well-being. Try to find ways that bring you closer and that help you stay in touch with this aspect of life.