How to better take care of yourself and of nature
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There’s no denying that we feel better outside. The feeling of the sun against our skin, blue skies, fresh air - we don’t need to tell you that the outdoors has numerous health benefits!
Nature is our go-to strategy to take care of yourself for de-stressing, unwinding, and calming down, whether after a long day at work or on vacation.
Have you tried prioritizing your connection to nature, no matter the season?
For as long as humans have walked the earth we’ve had a natural, primal, connection to nature. Across the extremely long history of our species, we’ve been in front of screens, hunched over desks, and walking on concrete for a very small fraction of time. Whilst the time span is small, the impact has been huge. The human race has never been so stressed, anxious, or burnt out as it is right now.
We’re disconnected from our natural habitat, Mother nature, and we’re disconnected from ourselves.
Being immersed in a world of technology, machinery, and a lack of in-person connection is new for our species, meaning we haven’t had any time to adapt to it. Our bodies are not designed for the lifestyles many of us lead. We’ve replaced walks outside for videos on smartphones, growing our own produce for internationally imported products (covered in plastic), and time and creativity for convenience.
When was the last time you were somewhere completely free from human impact? Even in the middle of a national park, miles away from civilization, we see planes flying overhead and even trash laying around.
How improving your relationship with nature will improve your relationship with yourself & why should we take care of nature?
Being more harmonious with nature has so many benefits, some are very obvious, some less so. So, why is it important to take care of nature?
What we love about living a more connected life in nature is that it helps you to stay connected to the present moment. This is so important when it comes to navigating stress, overwhelm, and even things like procrastination.
For example, taking a walk outside without your phone does wonders for your health, both physically and mentally.
Here are some of the top benefits of being more connected to nature:
✅ Improve your mood
✅ Reduce feelings of stress or anger
✅ Help you take time out and feel more relaxed
✅ Improve your physical health
✅ Improve your confidence and self-esteem
✅ Help you be more active
✅ Help you meet and get to know new people
✅ Connect you to your local community
✅ Reduce loneliness
Not only that but it can be very humbling and make you more aware of how we as humans treat our planet earth. When we can see and experience the damage being done, it can inspire and motivate us to want to make more of a difference.
Being more connected to nature, means you’re more connected to yourself because we are inherently a part of nature. There’s no separation. In our western world, we have simply lost our deeper connection and relationship with the natural world and at the same time, our actions are taking a big toll on the natural ecosystems surrounding us. We don’t connect with nature in slow and intimate ways like our ancestors anymore, even though a desire for that connection is ingrained in our DNA. This desire in our DNA is why it feels so good when we spend the day outside.
Simple ways to improve your connection to nature & how to take care of yourself
1. Incorporate nature into your daily routine
Yes, connecting to nature on a regular basis may be easier than you think. Here are our top ways of doing it, our suggestion is to pick one that you like the look of and then test it out! See how your life changes after a couple of weeks.
🌿 Spend time walking around barefoot each day. Get your feet in the grass and earth.
🌿 Find quiet spaces each day. In a park, at home, by the beach, by the river.
🌿 Listen to the sounds of nature. Take 10 minutes to listen to the rain, the wind, the birds, and whatever is available to you where you live.
🌿 Try gardening! If you have a garden, why not get your hands dirty and start a new project? If you live in the city, why not consider a window box or some house plants?
2. Take your yoga class outdoor
Yoga is a wonderful practice to better take care of yourself. If you’ve been wanting to incorporate more yoga into your life to help reduce your anxiety and daily stress, why not do it outside?
YogiApproved talks about how practice outside can also boost your immune system since you’re taking extra deep breaths of fresh air.
You can join Ashton August, founder of YogiApproved, as she guides you through a fun yet challenging yoga flow to do outside. The perfect nature and self-care break!
3. How low-waste living can simplify your life, and improve your wellbeing
Immersing ourselves in the natural world can be one of the most powerful and effective strategies for self-care and healing, and a powerful way to begin doing this is to consider a low-waste lifestyle. The more connected we are to nature, the more aware we are of things such as plastic pollution, food waste, and carbon emissions.
When it comes to improving your wellbeing, low-waste living might not be the first thing that springs to mind. But adopting this lifestyle can be amazing for your health, we know this because it’s helped us massively!
The most common setback for people considering a low-waste lifestyle is the idea that it takes a lot of time and energy. Change can feel very overwhelming for many people, and we totally get it! But in reality, the more low-waste you are, the more simple life becomes. You become more efficient the more you do something, and like any change it takes practice.
Here are some ways that low-waste living can be of benefit to both you and nature:
💚 Save money, and resources, by making your own products such as soaps, cleaning products, meals, sauces, etc. Making things from scratch, whilst it can take longer initially can also become a great meditative practice (get in the flow and really focus on what you are doing!) and it allows you to take control of what you put into your body. It can also be fun and a great way to support local businesses.
💚 “Less junk in the house, less junk in the head”. It’s been scientifically proven that clutter in the home can make us feel more anxious. It feels good having space in your home. Having a clear-out and being mindful of new purchases allows you to keep your home feeling spacious and fresh. For all the Marie Kondo fans, remove anything that doesn’t bring you joy. Buy less, use less, and save more!
💚 Save shopping time by considering re-usable items. Consider the time, and money, it takes to buy paper towels, tissues, napkins, paper plates or utensils, bottled water, convenience food, menstrual products, single-package snacks, etc. Going zero-waste will help you reduce these stressful trips to the stores. Check out these 12 products to stop buying and start swapping !
💚 Calm your ‘Eco-Anxiety’. Yes, this is a real thing! If you find yourself really overwhelmed by the current climate crisis, it can actually calm you when you begin implementing lifestyle changes that make a difference. It feels good to do good.
It’s clear that there is a direct relationship between ourselves and nature that, when nourished, leads to improved wellbeing. Whether you commit to a full zero-waste lifestyle, or you pick one thing to focus on, know that you are making a difference. Everything we do matters.
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