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18 MARCH 2020
6 ways to bring in nature whilst stuck indoors
If you’re unable to leave your home, a dose of nature can improve your wellbeing.
BY MERYL WESTLAKE
Many of us might be stuck indoors for a temporary period of time in the coming days.
Whether you’re isolating due to coronavirus or for any other reason, being unable to get outside can be a real detriment to your wellbeing.
Here are some tips to bring the great outdoors into your home.
1. House plants
Being next to plants is good for us.
They improve our mood and even our air quality. Some studies suggest that by touching and smelling plants, you can reduce your stress and anxiety.
Even the act of gardening, repotting and tending to your plants can be a great distraction and form of light exercise.
If you’re anticipating you’ll be at home for health reasons, it can be a good idea to invest in house plants like a Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa) or seeds for a windowsill box.
2. A room with a view
Set up a comfy space near a window so that you can get as much natural light as possible.
If you can, pick a window that has a view of nature; birds, trees, grass and sky can all keep you relaxed.
3. Update your screen savers
Studies have observed that just looking at a picture of green space, compared to a more industrial one, can reduce your stress levels.
If you don’t have a suitable view, set your phone screen or desktop screensaver to a gorgeous natural scene.
4. Gardens and fresh air
Self-isolation will mean you’ll need to stay away from people for a period of time.
If you have a private garden and are well enough to go outside without risk of affecting others then you could consider using it.
Stand outside and try a short de-stressing technique to connect with your natural surroundings. Take a deep breath and focus on:
- 5 things you can see
- 4 things you can touch
- 3 things you can hear
- 2 things you can smell
- 1 thing you can taste.
If you’re feeling well enough, try a little bit of light gardening, or walk around the garden to keep your body moving.
If you live in a populated area, you might struggle to get a safe opportunity to step outside for fresh air.
Try to open the windows around your home to keep the air circulating.
5. Fruit and veg
When anticipating being stuck at home, you might be wondering if you have the right food supplies.
A range of edible plants can contribute to a good immune system and mood balance.
When you’re shopping or having food delivered, include a sensible amount of fruits, vegetables and nuts; make a colourful range of choices.
Consider leafy greens, citrus fruits, almonds or potatoes. Take a look at what you have already in your storecupboard; ingredients like turmeric, garlic and ginger are plants too.
Don’t forget, frozen vegetables are very nutritious and a good idea if you’re at home for a long period of time.
6. Stay part of our community
If you are isolated at home, know that you are always welcome to join our social community.
Whether you’re seeking some light relief, facts about the plant and fungal kingdom or just beautiful pictures, we’ll provide the content and opportunities for you to join in.
We’d love to hear from you.
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