How To Connect & Bring Nature Indoors During The Pandemic...


 

Spending time and connecting with nature really helps you be present with yourself and find magic in your surroundings. A walk along the beach, a camping trip to the mountains, star gazing, a hike in the woods... what is your favorite way to connect with nature?


As we are living in a time of social distancing and sheltering in place, it may seem difficult to tune in and connect with nature wherever you may live... but that is not true. Here are a few ways, both big and small that we can connect and bring nature indoors, while being home:

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Indoor plants.
If I had to pick one favorite house plant, it would be the snake plant (Sansevieria laurentii). Extremely tolerant of low light and infrequent watering, it’s the most low-maintenance plant species that I’ve come across (and been able to keep alive). A NASA study also found them to be effective in removing common indoor toxins.

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Surround yourself with sounds of nature.
A study from Sweden found that after completing stressful tasks, listening to sounds of nature enhanced people's physiological and psychological recovery from the stress. Spotify and Apple Music offer the perfect pre-made playlists for nature sounds. Some of my personal favorites: Rains Sounds, Nature Sounds, and Ocean Escapes.

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Let the light in.
Another great way to bring nature into your home is by letting the sunshine and natural light in in. After all, there is nothing more soothing than feeling warm sun rays on our skin as soon as we wake up. Aside from being beneficial to our physical health, natural light affects our mood as well. It has been shown that people who spend too much time in dim spaces and are exposed only to artificial lighting are at a higher risk of suffering from depression and anxiety. Try moving your workspace to be near a window, you may find yourself being more productive!

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Keep the air fresh.
Don't forget to let some fresh air in. When you breathe in fresh air, you are letting more oxygen into your brain, which helps promote efficiency. Fresh air also helps improve both your blood pressure and your heart rate due to the decrease in pollution. 

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Diffuse essential oils.
Essential oils are a super easy, and cheap way to bring the outdoors in. By diffusing the oils in your space, you are harnessing the properties that they offer us. Essential oils may improve energy, well-being, sleep, the immune system, cardiovascular health, and the parasympathetic (rest-and-recover) response.

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