The Benefits of Connecting with Nature and Bringing It to Your Home
January 22, 2013
Knock, knock. It’s Mother Nature at your door, and you better invite her in! It’s just about common knowledge now that direct contact with nature leads to increased mental health and psychological development. According to Psychological Benefits of Nature Experiences: Research and Theory by John Davis, Ph.D., some benefits include relaxation, stress reduction, and mental restoration. Other benefits of nature, particularly for child development, include an increase in compassion, wisdom, guidance, and inner peace.
Living in Los Angeles, it’s not always easy for me to get an adequate dose of the outdoors sans concrete and steel, but it’s definitely not impossible. If you’re living in an urban area, try spending time in a city park or backyard, gardening, or tending a small plot of urban grass. If you can, plan ahead and go hiking in open space or a local nature preserve. Studies show that different encounters with nature can bring about positive emotional states, even if you’re just watching nature scenes on TV. So, if you really want to capitalize on your exposure to more things nature, I say bring a bit of nature to you!
Scatter these items around your home and see the difference a bit of green can make on your overall well-being:
- YL Woody Wood Rug - This is a durable rug that instantly gives a room a touch of warmth. Place it anywhere you’d typically put a rug, or hang it on your wall as a decorative piece.
- Firewood Log Side Tables by Klára Sumová – These side tables are made from found firewood, meaning no two tables are alike. They’re as unique as the trees they came from, each telling its own unique story.
- Moonbeam Tapestry – Available at Urban Outfitters, you can find a woven cotton tapestry featuring an idyllic image by photographer Laura Kicey. Perfect for topping a bed, couch, wall or favorite chair.
- Seasons Serving Plate by Nao Tamura – This is one of the coolest innovations I’ve come across, a silicone serving platter that can be rolled-up, wrapped and folded according to the dish being served. It’s currently in production, so keep an eye out for it soon!
- Black + Blum Hot Pot Barbecue – This may look like your average terracotta potted plant, but it’s actually a small charcoal grill that comes with a planter for growing fresh herbs and a set of stainless steel tongs too! Perfect for small spaces, it’s like hitting two birds with one stone.
- Parramyd Planter by Studio KG – Control the growth of vine-like plants with this easy-to-use modular framework. You can create constantly changing structures and use this planter either potted or hanging.
- Airleaf Mini Air Purifier – The little leaf on this mini air purifier is filled with beads consisting of essential oils extracted from fir trees. Not only is it super adorable, it’s also what purifies your air!
Reap the benefits of interacting with natural objects and surroundings this year. I’m making it a goal to connect with Mother Nature regularly, and so should you. Hopefully you’ll become lifelong friends!
Speaking of friends, you can share the benefits mentioned above with loved ones, simply by sending them a Postcarden postcard! All they have to do is open it up, sprinkle and water the seeds enclosed, and enjoy their own mini garden indoors!