Move your body and avoid sitting all day
Our ancestors moved far more than we do today, including being outdoors for longer periods of time. We can get lost while sitting in front of screens. Even when we are exercising in the gym, we are still creating a barrier between us and the great outdoors. Exercising or even just moving about outside has many benefits for our wellbeing by bringing us closer to nature and feeling more free. Try to remind yourself to take a break from sitting and stand up, do a lap of the room, garden, park… anywhere to stretch those legs and feel your body move and relax. This beautifully leads into our next point…
Lastly, Increase your exposure to nature (when we can)
Nature is out there, always has been, so why not make the most of it and reap the many benefits? Take a long walk in the woods, immerse yourself back into nature and escape from the rush of the modern world. Slowing down and really enjoying the benefits that come from being exposed to nature is one of the easiest and most effective ways to become that little bit more rewild. Perhaps try foraging or waking up early to listen to the dawn chorus? It’s all there, it’s all free and all helps to rediscover our curiosity of the outdoors! It might be trickier for us to get out into nature properly during the current lockdown but remember that when we are able to travel, take time to really experience what mother nature has to offer us.
For example a survey that used data from a Natural England survey, the world’s largest study collecting data on people’s weekly contact with the natural world, has found that a two-hour “dose” of nature a week significantly boosts health and wellbeing, even if you simply sit and enjoy the peace.
All of these simple changes (some we can even do without travelling) can potentially have a massive impact on our wellbeing, which has got to be positive during these strange times.
And fine, go on then, you can get back to sharpening your flint and checking out the latest animal skin pelt trends.