Nature is a beautiful thing to behold, but all too often we take nature for granted. There are many little ways we can add more nature in our lives. Sometimes all it takes is living more meaningfully. Here are three tips on how to get more connected to nature.
Take the Long Way
In the olden days, our parents would take long, Sunday drives just to be in nature and to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Use this same mentality of taking the long way when you go on your next adventure. If you are driving, take the back roads, roll down your window, and drive slowly as you take in the scenery around you. If you are on a walk or hike, try looking up an alternate route other than the normal beaten path. There is a lot you can miss if you don't explore the more rural and nature-filled parts of the country. This approach is two-fold: you can bypass traffic while connecting with nature in a calming way.
Be IN Nature
National parks provide many opportunities to connect with nature if you find yourself close to one during your adventures. However, it is easy to visit a beautiful national park and forget to be present. It is tempting to want to take photos and selfies as you document your adventure for your audience on social media to see. These things aren't necessarily deemed as bad, but you are missing out on one of the best parts of your adventure if you don't take time to be present in nature. Simply try sitting down, casting away all digital distractions, and breathe in as you take in your surroundings. Not only will your memories be much more vivid later if you are present in nature, but doing so also come with anti-anxiety properties that are beneficial to your mental and bodily health. Take time to breathe in and out deeply as you study each mountain peak, each tree, or the sun setting on the horizon.
Invite Nature InThere will be moments during your adventure where you will be indoors, but this doesn't mean you can't be in nature at the same time. One easy way to do this is to simply open up your curtains, windows, or doors to the outdoors. Doing this allows you to enjoy greenery and fresh air while in the comfort of your cabin or tent. Not only is this stimulating to your eyes, but it is also calming to your entire body. We are beings of nature, so this is only a natural response of the body.
Being outdoors is a way that we can connect with nature as well with ourselves. Practicing yoga while out in nature can improve the quality of your sessions. So take time to appreciate your surroundings, be present, and invite nature into your abode whenever possible.