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When I first moved to London one of the main things that I noticed was the lack of nature everywhere. Yes, London is beautiful and has wonderful green spaces and parks, but it’s not quite the same as the abundance of plant life in Kenya that I was used to. It was a shock to my system, and I noticed myself begin to feel more and more trapped in the maze of concrete buildings everywhere. Given it was almost winter when I moved to the UK and my tropical bones were finding it freeeezing I didn’t make the effort to get out much and find spots in nature either!
As spending barely any time in nature became my new norm, I realised how much I missed it. I craved seeing colour everywhere and wanted so badly to be walking around barefoot on the grass. I missed the ocean and smells of damp earth, rich, luscious foliage and tropical fruits.
I recognised how much better I would feel being in nature, so over time I got used to wrapping up warmly in the winter and began to make it a priority to find nature spots. I also began to accumulate quite a few house plants in my bedroom – bringing nature to me.
These days I make sure to get into nature daily (in all seasons), even if it’s just for a few minutes. The effects of nature really soothe and nurture my soul.
Spending time in nature is good for everyone but seems to be particularly powerful for sensitive people as it quiets stressed and busy minds and helps to calm and ground our energy.
How can you bring more nature into your life?
This blog post is an excerpt from the self-care guide in my book, Embodied. You can get your own copy of Embodied here or anywhere you buy your books online.
Photo by Sergei Akulich on Unsplash.