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Nature has been shown to benefit mental health, psychological development, and spiritual growth. Studies have also shown that nature can decrease stress, increase mindfulness, and heighten sensory awareness. Spending time in natural spaces can impart a sense of connectedness, stimulate creativity and even speed recovery from illness or surgery.
So even if you are stuck indoors through circumstances beyond your control, there are some things you can do to bring some of that natural wonder into your own home.
We’ve put together a list of ways you can bring nature home. Here are our best tips.
1. Nature vistas indoors by using a projector
Technology can help to bring outside beauty inside the home. To get that nature retreat feel in an indoor setting, use a projector to immerse the space in outdoor vistas such as a spectacular ocean view on the bedroom wall or any other wall in the house where you like to hang out and relax.
If you don’t own a projector, you can still view a nature video on your computer by hooking up a TV to a computer or by watching a full-screen video on the computer. Check out this YouTube clip below of an ocean waves video. It is very relaxing, and there are many more on YouTube to choose from if you don’t like that one.
2. Immerse yourself in the sounds of nature
A natural sound can do wonders for your well-being. When you shut your eyes and listen to the nature sounds, you are transported to another dimension. Meditation and relaxation exercises are ideally complemented by sounds of nature because they work as a package to relax the mind and body. Noise-isolating/canceling headphones can assist in focusing on the sounds while actively blocking other unwanted sounds and distractions.
On the website ‘Nature Sounds for Me’, they allow you to create a custom nature audio file with your own choices. Once you have designed your original nature sounds, you can listen to them and/or download them. You can also listen to what others have made instead of creating your own.
3. Bring real nature indoors
This is one of the best ways to bring nature and life into your home. It also works on many levels to transform your indoor space. Oxygen and pollutants are removed from the air when they are absorbed by plants and flowers. The fresh scent of flowers adds beauty, color, and fragrance to any space. Studies show that they speed recovery, boost spirits, and promote wellness.
So add plants and natural elements such as stones, flowers, and herb gardens to your home to improve the air quality, beautify the space, and enhance your mood. Kamal Meattle, an environmental activist, put indoor plants to amazing use at the Paharpur Business Center. Using simple houseplants, he showed that people could measurably remove air pollutants from their office or home. Check out the TED talk about it.
Be on the lookout for natural things you can bring inside with you. Things such as fallen branches, feathers, leaves, or many other objects from nature can serve as keepsakes to remind us of the beauty our world has in it.
4. Working spaces with nature imagery
You can get nature right on your desktop with the help of computer desktop images. Simply do a Google image search with your terms “desktop nature” and you will come up with a wide selection of wallpapers and desktop background images to choose from.
5. Add decorations that have nature elements
Using furniture and artwork with themes of nature to adorn your space and re-establishes your connection with nature is a wonderful thing to do. For example, dedicate an entire wall area to a natural forest mural use a decal of a cherry blossom to transform a space into a natural one.
6. Let sunlight inside
Vitamin D that comes from sunlight is essential for good health. Sunshine can also improve your mood and help to prevent seasonal affective disorder. So open up those windows and let some sunshine in.
The advantage of using lightbulbs that have the full-spectrum instead of the typical SAD therapy lamps is that they are cheaper and can be used indoors to brighten up the mood and space.
7. Let fresh air inside
Whenever possible, open your windows and doors and let the outside in. Outside air contains more oxygen than indoor air and is free of indoor pollutants. It’s refreshing, will give you a lift, and it won’t cost you any money.
8. Smell nature
Consider ways you can bring pleasant smells into your home that are connected to nature and even ease pain. If you like natural scents, consider ways you can make them your own. Many people enjoy using essential oils in an aromatherapy oil warmer. Try favorites like bergamot, lavender, and lemongrass.
9. Be creative in bringing nature home
Use this article as a way to start your internal dialog on a journey to discover new ways of connecting with nature. It can sometimes help you find a superb DIY solution to bring some much-needed nature into your home.
This is what Ryan Hoagland did when he invented the Winscape. A huge virtual window opens up a room without a window, offering you a view of breathtaking scenery.
Ryan’s work can be found at Rational Craft (as well as how to build your own Winscape).
So there you have it folks, 8 tips to bring nature home. If you found this post interesting, check out our post on how nature does a body good.
May nature be with you,