6 WAYS TO BRING IN NATURE WHILST STUCK INDOORS….. This and much more from Kew Gardens and Wakehurst 🌿

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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

Rock Garden succulent

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.

Pink flowers
Agius Evolution Garden Credit: Ellen McHale/RBG Kew

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.

Swiss Cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa), Princess of Wales conservatory
Swiss Cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa), Princess of Wales conservatory, Ellen McHale © RBG Kew

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.

A robin perched on a branch
Robin ©Alessandro Ranzo/Unsplash

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.

Feel free to use Kew’s Instagram account (@kewgardens) or Wakehurst’s Instagram account(@wakehurst_kew) for inspiration.

Blossom at the Temperate House
Blossom at the Temperate House © RBG Kew

4. Gardens and fresh air

Self-isolation will mean you’ll need to stay away from people for a period of time.

See NHS guidelines for guidance on self-isolation

If you have a private garden and are well enough to go outside without risk of affecting others then you could consider using it.

Governmental advice on using your garden

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.

Blossoms at Kew
Blossoms at Kew, Ellen McHale/RBG Kew

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.

'Outdoor girl' tomato, Kitchen Garden
‘Outdoor girl’ tomato, Kitchen Garden, © Helena Dove

6. Stay part of our community 

We are passionate about plants and fungi, and are committed to sharing pictures, stories and films with you on Kew Gardens FacebookTwitter or Instagram or Wakehurst FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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. 

The Temperate House
The Temperate House
Closeup of a bright green veiny leaf

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“The Saturn-Pluto Corridor and the Moon Portals.” 🌏 I wrote this on Monday 30.12.2019 👁

I’m reposting this from Monday 30th December 2019, as it’s such an important message I have to share, and it’s quite amazing reading back over it, in light of how recent events have played out. It holds even stronger energy and meaning for me now.

We are heading towards another powerful portal, the 444 portal, on Saturday 4.4.2020 and this is going to be a big one!

I shall be broadcasting LIVE on YouTube for the 444 portal with Episode 3 of our new video series, at 20:00 pm GMT.

Ophiuchus – The Serpent Bearer

(13th Zodiac Sign)

ANCHORING The Lost World of the Sacred Feminine, as told by the Solar System”

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I’ve nicknamed this portal

“Lady Amethyst 444”

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The Saturn-Pluto Corridor and the Moon Portals by Sasha Wallace 30.12.2019

So, here we are again on MOON-DAY or MONDAY as modern theory would have us say. 🤔 Those guided to read the #hashtags below my posts will notice mention of the 12:12 #Moon #Portal and today I’ll expand a little more.

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The portal opened 12th December 2019 and closes 12th January 2020, first preceded by a #Lunar #eclipse on 10/01/20 and ‘closes’ when Saturn moves into conjunction with Pluto – exactly 23 degrees of Capricorn – a cycle that occurs only every 36 years. It last took place in 1982/83 when I was 4/5 yo, so I am the lucky age to see it come round for a 2nd time. 🥰

Not only this, but #Jupiter will conjoin the south node of the Moon in Capricorn, as well as the #Sun, #Mercury, #Pluto, #Saturn & #Ceres will all align together within 2 degrees of #Capricorn. Divine timing if you ask me.

☀️ So what does this all mean? 👁️

This portal is a time of clearing our #karma, coming face to face with the #lessons of our personal patterns of #behaviour that lead us on this merry dance through the #Cosmos. Let go of your past hurts, #heal your #relationships, and above all, be kind to yourselves. Avoid negative people and negative thinking.

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This portal closes, and opens us to the ‘Saturn-Pluto Corridor’…it’s the start of a #powerful #time of #regeneration in our lives, and for #planet #Earth. Our #Mother #Gaia. You will likely feel the deep shifts in #energy as we move through the events happening between now and Spring 2020.
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As you celebrate New Year’s Eve, and the dawning of this new decade, think of making #NewWorldResolutions for the next 5 years, not simply for one rotation round the Sun, or for some, just to the end of one week!⏳

Learning to have #COMPASSION for others that are struggling, and taking RESPONSIBILITY for our own behaviour and actions will be KEY to navigating the intensity of this cycle.

Act from the #heart in all you do, and practice gratitude on a daily basis. Forgive yourself, and others.

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

#ChooseLove 💚

I’m sending you my love, my light and my healing energy for a peaceful 2020,

Sash xx 🦉

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From my heart to yours. I hope they bring you sunshine.

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