It’s proven that being at one with nature has a positive impact on our mental health. But then we throw in the global pandemic of the last 12 months or so and have found being in touch with nature by going outside isn’t always possible.

Here’s 5 ways to bring nature to you:

 

1. Buy flowers or potted plants for your home

Take a little trip to your local garden centre or florist and pick some flowers or plants which suit your lifestyle.

For example, I always choose low maintenance plants because they’re easier to manage and we get on better!

  

2. Collect natural materials

For example leaves, flowers, feathers, semi-precious stones.  Use them to decorate your living space or use in art and craft projects.

  

3. Grow your own plants, flowers or herbs

There is a lot of info online in how to grow your own plants, including step by step tutorials. Having your own garden or allotment is great, but if you don’t have a garden, no worries, because you can grow many plants, herbs and even some vegetables indoors!

 

4. Take photos of your fave places in nature

Use them as wallpaper on your mobile phone or as a computer screensaver. You can also print, frame and put them up on your walls or create a mood board on an app like Pinterest.

 

5. Listen to nature sounds

There are tons of free online recordings or apps that play birdsong, ocean waves, rainfall or many other sounds in nature.

Try a spot of meditation or mindfulness. Choose your category of choice, lie down and close your eyes. Reap the benefits of some “me time” and unplug from the world. Let your imagination wander as you connect with the sounds of nature.

 

Leah Charles-King

"I have bipolar and Bipolar UK support groups are invaluable to me"

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