We all know that spending time in nature is good for our physical and mental health, but between work and family commitments, it can be tough to find time in your day to soak in the great outdoors. Fortunately, there are simple ways you can work more nature into your life each and every day. Here are seven strategies to try.
Houseplants aren’t technically part of the outdoors, but they are part of nature! These potted friends improve indoor air quality and even improve memory. Pick a couple easy to care for varieties and relish the healthy benefits of plants from the comfort of your home.
Take a daily walk
Many of us adopted robust walking routines during pandemic shutdowns, but now that we’re heading back to school and work, your daily walks have likely gone by the wayside. Reinvigorate your walking routine by committing to taking a 15-minute stroll each day through your neighborhood. Walking has been linked to lowered stress and the additional oxygen and vitamin D are great for your mental health and productivity.
Commit to outdoor weekend plans
Wherever you live, make plans to head out into nature this weekend. This can be a hike in a nearby open space or just a picnic with friends in a local park. If you’re hesitant about exploring solo, check out hiking, biking, or bird watching groups in your city which you could join and learn from.
Open those windows
Even just looking at nature has been shown to have health benefits, so make a habit of opening your blinds each morning when you wake up. If you live in a temperate climate, open the windows in the afternoon to invite in the fresh air and sunshine.
As we head into the winter months, exercising outdoors gets less appealing, but try to take advantage of sunny days and move your workout routine outdoors. Need some motivation? Recruit a buddy to commit to outdoor yoga, biking, or jogging a few times a week with you.
Grow an indoor herb garden
If houseplants aren’t to your liking, an indoor herb garden may be more your speed. Most herb species are fairly resilient, and you won’t have to buy them at the grocery store anymore. Plus, having your garden in your kitchen will help you remember to water your plants. Ready to get started? Check out this guide to growing an indoor herb garden.
If you’re someone who likes an outdoor challenge, bird watching may be the perfect activity for you. Look for different species and keep track of which ones frequent your neighborhood. Installing a bird feeder will also attract more avian friends to your yard. If you’re new to birdwatching, this list of 20 common birds is a good place to start.