Being in the middle of nature is like taking a warm shower at the end of a long day. It washes all the stress and dirty you’ve accumulated. It leaves you feeling refreshed, clean, and pure.
But escaping in nature is more easily said than done. Depending on where you live, you can’t just walk away to spend the afternoon in the woods or lie down and watch the stars shining above an open field. If you live in an urban environment, you’re more likely to hear the police sirens in the background and cough when you accidentally inhale the fumes from car exhaust. Nevertheless, when you can’t go to nature to soothe your mind, you can let it come to your home!
The particles you can’t see at home
Your indoor air is not clean. It’s hard to believe it, especially when it looks and feels normal, but in reality, the air is saturated with tons of invisible toxins. Toxic particles can come from a variety of sources, from the paint on the wall to the chemical products you use, and affect your mental and physical health. Thankfully, purifying your indoor air is an easy process. The addition of stylish and purifying houseplants can make a significant difference. English Ivy, for instance, doesn’t only look good in the living room, it also eliminates up to 60% of airborne mold in a day. Additionally, plants release oxygen, which helps to clear your mind too.
Finally, a front yard that understands you
The next park might be far away, but you can work with professionals in residential landscaping and gardening to create your very own green area at home. A lush lawn, surrounding by vibrant flower beds can dramatically decrease your stress levels, for instance. If you want to unlock the door to your zen universe, make sure to add an elegant water feature, such as a fountain or a pound. The sound of water is calming. Besides, the presence of water is likely to attract small birds, which can make you feel as if you were indeed in the middle of a forest!
Enhance the smells
Sensory experience can bring you closer to nature. According to a study published on PubMed.org, aromatherapy can help you to release stress effectively and durably. Indeed, certain odors have an impact on the brain’s emotional center, helping you to relax. Consequently, the addition of nature-enhancing scents can transform your mood. A few drops of essential oils – lavender is an excellent choice – on pine cones can be a decorative and soothing item. You can also use a natural room diffuser that lets you home smelling fresh.
Let the air in
Last, but not least, you need to ventilate your home regularly. Indeed, the indoor air can get stale for lack of movement. While the main reason while people love to be in nature is that the air is free to circulate, hence creating a fresh and invigorating sensation. German households tend to open their windows for one hour every day as a way to renew the air and refresh the interior. As a rule of the thumb, you should aim to ventilate at least twice a week!
Purifying your air and enhancing your garden can help your mind to benefit from its peaceful surroundings. You don’t need to be in nature to feel part of it.