There are some incredibly profound benefits to embracing and strengthening your connection with nature. In fact, research has shown that being in, and developing a relationship with, the natural world can improve your wellbeing. So, whether you’re an outdoorsy type of person or not, here are some low-pressure ways to reconnect with nature.
Even if you’re not big on being outdoors, you should consider camping. When you camp (solo or with loved ones), you can enjoy quiet moments underneath the stars and hear the sounds of nature around you. This could provide anything from creative inspiration to tranquility of mind.
There are lots of different activities you can enjoy while camping including off-roading. You just need to make sure that you invest in the best UTV. Alternatively, you could try something more relaxing such as fishing. Or, you might want to go wild swimming while camping. This can be great fun if you find a safe spot!
2. Wild Water Swimming
If you want to reconnect with nature, then there is no better way than finding a natural swimming pool. ‘Wild swimming,’ meaning swimming in natural bodies of water (including rivers and the sea) will provide you with an immense sense of calm and recentering.
However, do be aware that you should only partake in wild swimming if you are a strong, confident swimmer. There are hidden dangers in the water that you may not be prepared for, and it’s best to know your swimming level before jumping in.
3. Outdoor Sports
Outdoor sports are, of course, connected to nature: kayaking, mountain biking, and something like scuba diving. Scuba diving is one of the best experiences that you can have in nature in a non-traditional way. When you’re underwater, you can immerse yourself in the aquatic universe, seeing creatures of the sea that you would never otherwise experience.
Extreme sports are also connected to nature in one way or another. For example, one of the most common extreme sports, bungee jumping, is all about throwing your body into nature and experiencing the beauty and thrills simultaneously.
4. Biophilic Design
Biophilic design has become a popular element of contemporary architecture for years. If you’re not familiar with the concept of biophilic design, here’s what you need to know: Biophilic design refers to creating a property that accentuates and embraces the unique connection we have with nature.
In the past, this connection was a natural part of life because we lived around nature. Today, we live in massive concrete structures and sprawling urban societies. That’s why biophilic design is so important. There are easy ways to achieve this in your home from bringing the outside in with green plants to decorating with natural materials.
Something else to consider is how you’re able to connect with nature on a physical level. For some people, that means engaging through movement (walking, running, hiking, etc.) for others, that may be as simple as hearing the sounds around you and allowing yourself to be at peace with them. It’s important to hear nature to the best that you can, so if you’re having trouble, it may be a good idea to stay up-to-date on your audiology exams and consider hearing aids if they’re needed.
So, whether you choose to be outside or design your home with intention, the idea is to find simple ways to reconnect with nature and realign with the world around you.
As humans, we feel our best when we are connected with Mother Nature, so we should be attempting to feed this connection as much as we can.