Mindful nature activities to try in the city
Have you been thinking about trying out some mindful nature activities? In today’s busy, fast-paced world, it is easy to feel disconnected from the natural world. We spend most of our days indoors, staring at screens and rushing from one task to another, forgetting to notice the power and beauty of the natural world.
But taking the time to connect mindfully with nature can have a profound impact on our wellbeing and sense of peace. In fact, research has shown that connecting mindfully with nature can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, improve focus, attention and creativity and even boost our immune systems.
So, how can we connect more mindfully with nature? Here are a few ideas to help get you started.
Go for a mindful nature walk
This might seem a really simple thing to do, but just going out for a walk – even round your neighbourhood, is a great way to get outside and appreciate the natural world.
Make sure that instead of marching along with your head down and your headphones in your ears, you try to be present and really notice the sights, sounds and smells around you – and if you struggle finding plants or wildlife, turn your gaze up and appreciate the clouds, breeze, sunshine and sky.
Engage your senses and tune in to nature
As you move through and interact with the world, take the time to tune in and engage your senses. Take of your shoes and feel the grass on your toes. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of a nearby stream. Pick up a leaf and study its shape, texture and colour.
By engaging your senses, you will not only begin to deepen your connection to the natural world, but you will also learn about and develop a deeper understanding of the plants, animals and ecosystems in your neighbourhood.
Be grateful for your nature experience
As you spend time noticing nature, take a moment to think about and feel grateful for all the wonderful things around you. Maybe for the warmth of the sun on your face, the chirrping birds, or the way the leaves rustle in the wind.
By focusing on the positive aspects of your surroundings and the beauty and wonder you experience, you will begin to cultivate a deeper sense of appreciation, joy and connection.
As we have seen, it is more than possible to enjoy mindful nature activities even if you live in the city. Not only that, but by connecting mindfully with nature, we can tap into the healing power of the natural world and cultivate a sense of peace and wellbeing within us.
So, the next time you are feeling stressed or disconnected, take a moment to walk outside and engage with your surroundings. You will be amazed at how quickly you can unwind when you decide to notice and enjoy nature.
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See you soon and happy nature walking,