Wellbeing Editor: Emma Rice
For many city dwellers myself included, lockdown and the vastly slower pace of life we are currently experiencing provides the perfect opportunity to fully connect with nature and the beauty which surrounds us within our urban lives.
None can deny that these are indeed anxiety inducing times. However, how we choose to view and use this time is an opportunity for us to take the power back and find joy in the natural wonders which may otherwise pass us by.
With the time we are now allowed outdoors having been relaxed somewhat and the weather favourable, take advantage and explore the beauty of the natural environment which surrounds you. Tune into yourself, consider unplugging from technology wherever you are willing and able and embrace any green space available to you or perhaps consider walking or cycling further afield.
The modern city, in my case London is a vibrant fast moving hub of ideas to spawn creativity, expression and innovation. We are drawn to the noise and excitement - simply put we are very much tuned to it’s pulse. Frequently city life can make us feel overwhelmed, less than and more often than not it may drive the need to constantly busy ourselves and ultimately this disconnects us more so from the natural world. We have had no other option in recent weeks than to slow down, take stock and find ways in which to fill our days in order to remain physically and mentally well.
Research has shown that reduced access to nature is a contributing cause to the emotional and mental strain that many feel from urban life and undoubtedly the same feelings will be expressed during these challenging times.
Therefore, the addition of regular access to nature is vital to our wellness and self care routines, we must strive to become more mindful of incorporating this where available to successfully navigate our way through our feelings of uncertainty.
London's array of parks and nature walks provides us with this access, we owe it to ourselves to structure our time to enable us to tap in.
Nature therapy, sometimes known as forest bathing has been used as part of preventative medicine for centuries, is a broader term which describes the practice that combines a range of exercises and tasks in an outdoor environment.
Being in nature can restore our mood, give us back our energy and vitality, refresh and rejuvenate us.
My take away message is to tap into the divinity of mother nature and allow her to expand the divinity within you <3.