Let’s face it. As much as modern conveniences have made our lives simpler, they have created a disconnect in the relationship human beings used to have with nature. While we certainly wouldn’t want to go back to the days where we had to forage for our food or make fires using sticks and stones, many would be willing to admit they don’t spend much time outdoors.
Our sedentary lifestyles are more alarming than you may realize. A recent poll revealed that one in five children in the UK don’t spend any time playing outside, and an astounding 75 percent spend less time with nature than those in prison get to enjoy. Whether your outdoor activity level is reflective of these statistics or you just want to get closer to nature, there are a few unique ways in which you can achieve your goals.
Go Small-Animal Watching
Small animals are cute, and they put a smile on our faces. Here in Surrey, there are a number of woodland creatures you may have never encountered, and seeing them in person is much more exciting than watching them through a television or computer screen. Make a list of small creatures, and round up the kids for an outdoor adventure. You can make a fun game out of seeing who can spot the most. Just a few animals you can choose to include are:
Some animals like turtles can even be taken home and managed as pets. However, make sure you are prepared to offer the animal proper care. To make sure the tank is clean at all times, the minimal investment in a turtle tank filter can prove to make your new addition to the family an easy one to manage.
Weekend Camping Trips
Not many of us are brave enough to abandon our comfortable lives and live off the land, but going on a weekend camping trip can bring you much closer with nature, allow you to learn to be more self-sufficient, and offer you a great way to spend quality time with the ones you love the most. There are dozens of available campgrounds in the Surrey area just waiting for you to enjoy, and just a few tips to ensure you make the most of your time include:
- Ensure your tent allows ample room for all participants
- Don’t forget to bring a lighter or matches to easily make a fire (unless, that is, you want the truly rustic experience!)
- Practice fire safety methods with younger participants several days before the trip
Plant a Garden
We’ve become increasingly dependent on the grocery store to provide us with the sustenance we need. However, if you have a yard, there’s nothing stopping you from creating a garden including your favorite herbs, vegetables, and fruits. We spend hundreds of dollars every week on groceries, and, since it’s so easy to simply run up and grab something, we don’t really think too much about all the effort it takes to grow the food we eat. However, when you watch yours grow through the various stages, you will have a better appreciation for your food. This brings you closer to nature, helps you save money, and reduces the amount of waste created in your household.
Improve Your Mood and Overall Health and Vitality
Spending more time in the great outdoors isn’t just a way to get fresh air and have an enjoyable time. It can also prove highly beneficial to your overall health and vitality. Just some of the many health benefits to be taken advantage of include:
- Easier to engage in workouts and stick with exercise regimens
- Can promote weight loss
- Increases proper brain functioning and concentration skills
- Increased levels of vitamin D
- Decreased aches and pains in seniors
- Boosted mood
Carefully consider how you spend your free time. There are likely hours that inadvertently add up throughout the day doing things like watching television or otherwise being lazy. So, turn off the television, shut down your mobile devices, and step outdoors with your loved ones to start getting closer with nature in Surrey today.