5 Ways to Put Nature Back Into Your Life

So many of us don't get enough nature in our lives anymore. We're all so caught up in work, computers, and smart phones that we just don't think we have time to go hang out in nature. Immersing in nature is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and your physical and emotional health. Take the time to do something good for yourself! Here are some ideas for ways to put nature back into your life.

Take a Drive

If you're not a nature person, that's okay! You can enjoy nature without even leaving your car, if that's really how you want to do it. You'll reap more of the benefits if you get out of the car at points along the way to take some deep, clean-air breaths and feel your feet rooted to the earth. However, appreciating from afar is better than not appreciating at all. Take in the beauty of your surroundings! Need ideas? Here's a list of the top scenic drives in every state.

Take a Hike

 You don't need to spend a bunch of money on equipment, but it never hurts to go for an adventure beyond a stroll through the local city park. Make a day out of it - put on good shoes, pack a lunch and some snacks to enjoy on the trail, slather on some sunscreen, and drive to a trail that's actually trail-ish. Whether it's in the woods, in the desert, or across a plain, wherever you are, find a trail and go for it! If you need help finding a trail, here's a huge list.

Read a Book

There are a bunch of books about being in nature that'll both make you feel inspired to go see it and help you feel more connected to it. Try Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, Jack Krakauer's Into the Wild, or Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk. There are a lot of authors out there who've written about reconnecting with nature - you just have to look for them! Any time I read a book like that, I'm more inspired to enjoy being out in nature.

Plant Things

Growing plants indoors can help you feel better connected with nature. You don't need a big yard or have green thumbs to plant something. Grow some herbs in mason jars (with rocks at the bottom for drainage) to throw in with your meals, pick up an easy-to-care-for plant at the nursery (or even the grocery store), or try throwing some wildflower seeds into some dirt outdoors, if you own a home and a yard. Just watching things grow, knowing you've planted them, is pretty inspiring.

Listen

This one's easy. If you live in the middle of a city, you'll have to drive outside a bit, but all you have to do for this one is find a park that has some wildlife in it, toss a blanket on the ground, and lie down. Close your eyes and just listen for a bit. Listen to the leaves in the wind, the birds chirping and flapping, the insects buzzing. Let the sun hit your face and just enjoy what's going on around you. Feel your body connected to the earth below you, and let your thoughts dissipate while you're just focusing on the noises around you. This is basic mediatation, and it'll make you feel refresh and connected with nature - and yourself!

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