Nature is bliss. Nature is to be admired and savored for what is. A spectacle. An awe-inspiring splendor. There is more to nature than what we passively see and can only be observed if we take the time to observe it keenly. There is always vibrant life in nature unknown to us, human beings.
“There is beauty beyond compare in everything, if you just bother to try to find it.” – Nick Baker (a naturalist, TV presenter, and author)
Theses 25 actions will hopefully guide you on how to be in tune with nature if you haven’t done so already, or maybe add them to your ‘to-do-list’ and continue to be marveled by nature. Here is a PDF copy of the summary.
Bird watching is a fun activity to get involved in. Not only will you learn the names of bird species but you will also have fun while at it. For tips and terms used in birding, do read an early post on the A-Z of Birdwatching.
Get in tune with nature through dirt. I’m not saying you should start farming. This is also important for the prime purpose we need to eat. Grow trees and flowers as well. Start a garden and watch it bloom. One can even plant flowers in plastic bottles. You don’t need entire acres of land to grow flowers and herbs. Start with what you have, where you are.
Did you know a study done by scientists at the University of Colorado found out that Mycobacterium vaccae, a harmless bacteria commonly found in soil, can act as a natural antidepressant by increasing the release of serotonin in parts of the brain which control cognitive function and mood? Now you know why farmers are mostly happy.
Wondering how you can contribute to the scientific world, being a citizen scientist is one of them. Citizen science involves collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public. According to Scistarter, Citizen science bridges gaps by harnessing the power of people who are motivated by curiosity, have a desire to advance research or a concerned about environmental conditions in their communities.
Taking long walks in nature is actually a stress releasing strategy. Try it and see how effective it is.
When the sun rises or sets, it is always magical. They remind you of nature even when in the middle of an urban area.
Reading is one of my favorite habits. It’s been said ‘to be a good writer you have to an avid reader’. Wildlife magazines and books are easily accessible; cheers to the internet. You actually don’t need to spend lots of money to purchase a book or magazine since one can read articles online from well-known magazines. My favorite is The Guardian’s Environment section. There are many sources too and if you earnestly look for them, you will definitely find them. Reading gets you close to nature and you will definitely learn and be inspired from writers all across the world. It doesn’t hurt to invest in a good book.
I’m obsessed with nature documentaries. Not because I feel more safe as I watch animal species and plants battle it out on screen but because they are a source of inspiration. I tend to want to do more whenever I watch a documentary and this gets my adrenaline rush on high to do whatever it takes for wild species to continue being filmed and for everyone to develop a deep respect and interest to protect wild spaces. So, if you need a source of inspiration, this is one way to get you in rhythm with your wild side.
Photos always seem to freeze time. Taking photos of nature from animal species to sunsets and even just the clear blue sky will bring you close to nature more than you may realize. You don’t need to have a DSLR to take photos or film. A simple camera and with today’s tech advances, a phone will do you good.
We spend a lot of time on social media why not use your social profiles for good and advocate for environmental awareness. When people in your social media circle are aware of the environment just through that one post, a ripple effect begins.
Camping is fun. If you haven’t tried it yet you should consider it.
Most protected areas are budget friendly. Start small by visiting your nearest protected area and as time goes by you can save up for areas outside your neighborhood.
Technology has become overwhelming. Every second we either want to check our phones for any notifications and reply to endless emails. Consider switching off your handheld devices for even one day and enjoy the silence, as you become one with the surrounding environment. Multitasking, particularly with electronic gadgets is a leading cause of stress. When you do this continuously for some time, you will discover the benefits of not being off your digital devices 24/7.
Bugs. This is what comes to mind when you think about entomologists. However, if one was to observe insects up close, if this is not your phobia, you will discover a mass of creatures that will teach you plenty about nature. Remember, butterflies were once caterpillars. Your garden, as formerly discussed, will attract beautiful bugs and butterflies.
Why enjoy nature all by yourself? Introduce a friend to the beauty of nature and grow the number occasionally.
Recording nature frequently will reveal its wonders. From the type of birds observed and even trees seen. A recording is helpful in realizing how nature is always changing.
Listening to nature at ‘odd’ hours will outline how nature never sleeps.
Be the type of person who leaves a place cleaner than it originally was.
We all want a clean environment yet we put away a lot of waste ourselves. Research and practice how best you can reduce waste accumulating in your daily life.
Invest in the environment by supporting a local environmental initiative. Remember to do research on one that you think does trustworthy environmental good at both community and national levels.
Consider this as sharing nature and prompting others not to miss out in relishing the beauty of nature.
Volunteering is one of the best ways you can give back to nature. Take up the opportunity to offer your services when the need arises.
Research on your own plastic uses and find alternatives. Examples include using reusable water bottles, coffee mugs, and carrier bags instead of their single use plastic counterparts.
The moon. The stars. Being a stargazer never hurt anyone.
Whenever you get the chance to educate anyone on any environmental issue, don’t be afraid to speak out. Most people are always willing to learn and will be surprised by what they didn’t know.
Nature offers a feeling of bliss. Spending time in nature has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels, rejuvenate your body and mind and helps in finding clarity.
Featured Image Credit Anthony Muwasu