40 Ways to Get Back to Nature

Hiking shoes île de la Réunion

A few years ago, I read a book called, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.  It was eye-opening to read about how far removed from nature we actually are. This is not new news but it certainly cast a spotlight on a very real thing.

I’ve witnessed it first-hand too. I’ve seen two gamers (after playing XBox around the clock) take at least two hours to begin to start functioning normally in a social situation. Those first two hours were brutal. It was like we were speaking a different language. They were in complete zombie-mode.

I can totally relate to this feeling. All it takes is a few hours of computer time, being completely in my head while researching the heck out of something and I lose a portion of my social skills. I can feel my brain flat-line when someone asks me a question. And here’s the scary part, in those moments, I crave getting back online.

You might think that technology is the cause but I digress. On more than one occasion, I’ve been walking a clearly marked, highly used trail in the woods and my company was just shy of crawling out of their skin because, “what if they saw an animal?” Me, personally? I would be more scared if we came across a human instead.

Here is my list of a few things you can do to reconnect you with nature:

  1. Get out of the house.
  2. Abandon technology for an entire day. At least once a month.
  3. Have a picnic with yourself.
  4. Go camping.
  5. Go camping alone.
  6. Meditate.
  7. Go horseback riding.
  8. Take up a hobby.
  9. Start a garden.
  10. Borrow a kid and go to a splash pad.
  11. Climb a tree.
  12. Sit in the sand at the beach.
  13. Sit in the sand in a sandbox.
  14. Take a geology class.
  15. Go hiking.
  16. Kayaking.
  17. Creek walking.
  18. Fishing.
  19. Play a sport.
  20. Sit on your porch.
  21. Sit outdoors and sketch what you see.
  22. Take up writing in a journal.
  23. Run through a sprinkler.
  24. Use street chalk.
  25. Go berry picking.
  26. Swim. In a lake/ocean/pond.
  27. Take up photography.
  28. Find a yoga class on a beach.
  29. Learn to rock climb.
  30. Walk your kids to school.
  31. Go to a Pow-Wow.
  32. Start bird watching.
  33. Ride a bike.
  34. Jump rope.
  35. Read a good book.
  36. Snooze in a hammock.
  37. Exercise outdoors.
  38. Volunteer for a favorite charity.
  39. Run/walk a 5k.
  40. Go creek-walking.

 

Do you have anything to add? How do you connect with nature?

 

 

 Photo credit: Creative Commons/Yoann JEZEQUEL

 

 

 

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