Getting Back to Nature

As many of us have learnt throughout our lives, there are a great number of physical and psychological benefits from being in the great outdoors. During the restrictions of COVID-19 there have been a lot more people going for walks daily and getting out into nature as much as they can. Below are just some of the many benefits you can receive from getting back to nature and enjoying a bit of fresh air and greenery:

  • Improved memory function
  • Less Fatigue
  • Significant mood improvement
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases problem solving skills
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduced headaches
  • Better eyesight
  • Boosts immune system
  • Improves attention and focus
  • Spiritual enhancement
  • More mindful
  • Increased mortality
  • Reduces fear

If you need some inspiration for ways you can reconnect with nature here are a few ideas- some that you can use indoors:

  • Indoor plants
  • Bushwalking
  • Listen to sounds of nature playlists
  • Vegetable garden
  • Gardening
  • Sit outside with your laptop to work
  • Volunteer for rubbish collections at beaches, etc
  • Bike riding
  • Coastal walks
  • Farm visits
  • Fruit picking
  • Whale/Dolphin watching
  • Camping
  • Herb garden
  • Exploring beaches and keeping a diary/ taking photos of different textures, patterns and colours you find
  • Bird watching
  • Picnics
  • Road trips through scenic routes
  • Bringing natural textures indoors

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