In today’s modern world, many of us are living as part of the rat race. We are trapped in a vicious cycle of going to and from work, sitting at home confronted by a multitude of screens, and living in places that are not conducive to forming a connection with anything approaching nature. We become stressed and depressed because of our surroundings, and in the constant bid to make ourselves happier, we buy more and more things that don’t actually fill the void we feel.

Scientific studies suggest that as human beings, we are wired to be outside. The simple act of reconnecting with nature can make us feel happier, freeing our minds, and giving us that feeling of being truly alive. By finding ways to get back to nature, we can improve our mental wellbeing. But how can we do it? Not many of us are able or willing to go and live in the woods for the rest of our lives, and there may be things in our lives (such as work and family) that are holding us back from truly going wild.

CAMPING


Go on a camping holiday. Unless you intend to go fully off-grid on your camping holiday, there are some equipment essentials you will need to take with you - see more here. When you have everything you need, you then only need to choose a location, whether that’s somewhere near to where you currently live or somewhere further afield. With time away from your usual surroundings, you will have the opportunity to see wildlife up close and personal, and enjoy the many health benefits that being in the great outdoors can give you. Take time to savour each moment, take part in physical exercise on foot or by bike, use your wilderness survival skills, and relish the opportunity to be apart from the confines of modern civilisation.

WALK MORE


Get out of your car. Many of us miss the world around us because we are sat behind the wheel of our motor vehicles when going to and from work. Consider walking more instead, not only to and from work but spend time walking around your local neighbourhood as well. Despite the concrete, there will be wildlife around you, from birds to cats, and there may also be a park or piece of greenery nearby to break up the urban landscape around you.

PLANT A GARDEN


Bring nature home with you. Above and beyond the odd pot plant or two (or getting yourself a dog), there is more you can do at home. This includes creating an ecosystem in your garden, leaving water and food out to attract wildlife, building a pond, and placing a birdfeeder. If you don’t have the time to go out into nature, then these are simple ways to bring nature home to you.

GO ON WILD ADVENTURES


Visit wild places. A walk to the park is always fun, but there may be other places near you where you can get a chance to reconnect with nature and its wildlife. We are thinking of nature reserves, wildlife parks, local woodlands, and anything else that Google throws up at you. You will get the opportunity to see things you don’t see every day and have the chance to stand and listen to the world a few short miles away from your front door.

So, while you may not have the inclination to move into a place rich in nature permanently, you can still get a piece of this freeing environment in some very simple ways. You will feel better as a result, especially if the grind of modern day living does get you down.

Xo