How to Connect with Nature During Stressful Times

Living a natural life may not always be as easy as it should be, but the irony of it is that the less you seem to be able to keep up your connection to nature, the more you really need it. We all have dry spells in our lives and times that are more busy than others, but it is so important for your well-being that you keep up your natural lifestyle. Think about it; the more stressed you are, the more your body needs natural foods to cope. And the more mental stress you have in your life, the more important it is to take some time off and catch your breath. This is where your nature connection in everyday life comes in, as, let’s face it: we may not always be able to go for a long walk in nature every day of the week.

The cue is to look for nature wherever you can find her, and appreciate every bit of her. Become aware of how she manifests in your life, and that she may not always be grand and splendour. Sometimes you can connect with her by simply allowing yourself to feel the gentle wind on your face as you take out the garbage, or by appreciating the wonderfully green color of the plant on the kitchen table.

You can also think about bringing nature inside with you if you know you will be «locked up» for a while, while finishing a project or studying for an exam. Kids tend do this instinctually, and often times parents get wonderful, natural presents. I remember one day not long ago that I emptied out my bag in search of my keys, and there it was: a little rock my daughter obviously thought I needed. It made my day.

Rocks can actually make wonderful decorations by themselves, or together with plants. You can make wreaths, potpourri or wall decorations of flowers, leafs, straws and branches – I hear natural elements are key to interior design this year, so here’s your chance to shine!

As I mentioned earlier, it’s really important that you take time to nourish your body properly if you are in a stressful time of you life. Hours in the kitchen is probably not what you are looking for, so you need to keep it simple and yet natural. It might be a good idea to make an extra batch and put it in the freezer for easy access to a functional meal at a later time. Vegetables, fruit and berries are nature’s own fast food and candy, so make sure you stack up on those, too – especially if you have children, but also for a quick snack for yourself.

For that mental stress, meditation is cue. Did you know that when you think about something, the body responds as if you were actually doing it? This is partly why you get those nasty knots in your shoulders when you have too much on your plate, but you can use this to your advantage, too. If you can’t go out in nature to reap those relaxing benefits in real life, you can always bring nature inside you and meditate over it while you wait for your next chance to get outside. How about creating your own, wonderful garden? You can even make it into a project, and design it bit by bit, over time! Or you can finally go for that rainforest vacation you’ve always dreamt of, gathering herbs and food with your own tribe – there is really no limit to what you can do in your meditations, and it will do you a world of good. Pop in some meditation music, or just listen to the sounds of nature around you, and let your mind find its way.

And don’t worry. Mother Nature will be there waiting for you when you get the time and chance to connect more deeply with her again. There is a time for everything, but remember: during stressful times, it’s best not to add any more stress by beating yourself up over not being able to do things perfectly. Take a deep breath. Your time will come. 🙂

What do you do to maintain your connection to nature when you have too much to do? Please feel free to leave a comment below!

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