Across the world, humans are staying at home. One third of the world’s population is in lockdown; normal life has ground to a halt. As creative creatures, we have adapted our way of life and shown beautiful displays of solidarity and humanity.
Being out in nature, hugely benefits our mental wellbeing and this must not be understated. It can improve our mental, as well as physical health. This truth is what people from around the world, are all finding during these strange times. We all share the need for being out in nature, in common. This nature can be found on our windowsills, garden rooves, terraces, balconies, gardens, public parks, any green spaces – the list is endless.
If you do not have a garden available to you, it is about being creative, having house plants, looking out for sources of nature nearby… Growing your own food also gives us a huge boost as to “plant a seed is to believe in tomorrow”.
I have found that being out in the garden has benefited me, beyond words. Harvesting my own radish and salad leaves, bringing it into the kitchen and putting it onto a plate, is hugely satisfying. So is watching the broad beans flower and its tendrils winding their way up the canes.
Being out in nature gives a sense of freedom and continuity when our lives have changed. We have regained an appreciation for nature, that we had partly lost. Nature, whatever is happening in the world, is a constant. A growing source of hope.
So, go out in nature. Breathe in the fresher air.
Hope and hugs from England,