Nature has some pretty remarkable benefits for us, from contributing to our mental and physical health to creating the world we live in. But as great as nature is, that doesn’t always mean that it’s easy (or practical) to take a day off and hit the trails with a little one-on-one bonding time with the great outdoors.
So for the moments when you can’t enjoy the outdoors on your commute, during your workday or just while you’re folding the laundry, bring a little more green into your life with a these simple strategies.
1. Collect some cacti candles
You can take a tiny piece of nature with you to work, to your desk or even at home with a collection of cacti candles that will put a pop of green into your space. (Decorism on Etsy, $14.99 for set of 6).
2. Bring the beach to you
If you can’t take a personal day to get away to the beach (darn it), bring the beach to you with a free yoga session that can refresh and inspire. (Beach Yoga with Karena, YouTube).
3. Tap into the power of water
When the sun is shining and you’re stuck in front of a screen or trapped inside a cubicle, expand your thoughts and space by switching on the soothing sounds of my desktop water fountain. There’s just something about being around water, in any form, that taps into our souls. (HoMedics Water Fountain, $19.97 on Amazon).
4. Daydream to be daring
Maybe you won’t be hitting up the mountains anytime soon, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting inspired by some adventurous climbers. Tune into a podcast with interviews from some of the world’s best rock climbers and get inspired to get out in nature, even on your commute. (The TrainingBeta Podcast).
4. Download it
Perhaps it seems counterproductive to download a piece of nature, but sometimes, a modern worker’s gotta do what a modern worker’s gotta do. And who else to trust to give you the best of a nature scene screensaver than National Geographic? Browse your favorites and download for free here.
5. Wear it
You can’t get much closer to nature than wearing it around your neck. This necklace features real dried moss for a pop of green that stays with you all day long. (Mariella on Etsy, $35).
6. Tune into the best of nature
Stream the best of the sounds of nature, from the soothing sounds of waves to the invigorating wind in a forest, right to your headphones with a nature app. Bonus? No bug spray needed. (Naturespace Holographic Audio, iTunes and others).
7. Soothe with sand
You may not be able to luxuriate in the feeling of dipping your toes into the sand when you’ve got back-to-back meetings and the babysitter just cancelled and you’re 98% sure the toddler is running a fever (again), but you might just be able to sneak in a few minutes of meditation with your own personal oasis. (Deluxe Zen Garden on Amazon, $20.33).
TapGenes Takeway: Until you can really get outdoors, reap the calming, deep-breathing benefits of nature at work, at home and on your commute.