Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Re-connecting With Nature Post Pandemic

People were detached from nature during the pandemic which made them feel isolated, unhappy, and stressed out. Still, there are many ways to rekindle your bond with nature now that some restrictions are being lifted. Here are a few worthy ideas.

Get out and observe nature

People remained so busy during the pandemic with their work and home schedules that many did not have time to observe nature. For this, it is not necessary to head to the forest; even within city limits, one can find several ways to observe the nuances of wildlife and nature.

You can spend a day watching birds and butterflies. The destination could be a nearby garden or a public park. Those with some greenery in their backyards may not need to go anywhere else to observe nature. Watching the colorful butterflies can be a relaxing experience for both the spirit and mind. Listening to the soothing chirping of birds can also be very relaxing.

A bird perched on its nest with seeds in its beak.
You can spend a day watching birds and butterflies. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Contribute to greenery

The concrete jungle where many of us live is contributing to the much-talked-about environmental change. Now that some restrictions are being lifted, you can finally do your bit and get out to help. Depending on your location, try planting at least one tree and take a pledge that you will nourish it until it starts to mature. If you do not have a garden, it is also possible to set out planters on a balcony, terrace, or roof.

Feeding wildlife

You may not be able to feed animals such as deer while living in a city or suburbs, but it is certainly possible to do your bit for wildlife seen in urban areas.

You may not be aware, but many small animals and birds inhabit your backyard garden or visit it every day! It would be a nice idea to place a birdbath or feeder in the garden. Similarly, you may spread some grains or nuts for small animals like squirrels or chipmunks.

chipmunk
You may spread some grains or nuts for small animals like squirrels or chipmunks. (Image: Dreamstime.com © JustNatureChannel)

Use an app

Many people used mobile apps for ordering food all during the pandemic. In fact, apps are used for almost everything. There are even nature apps to locate wildlife in your area. Using mobile apps, you can gather information on animal and bird species in your region. In fact, you can also gather information if the area is visited by migratory birds and fish.

Watch documentaries

If you still feel like being a couch potato or do not feel like going out for hiking or trekking, there is an alternative. You can spend the day at home watching some of the popular and award-winning series on wildlife and nature! Check out the series on BBC Earth, PBS, and National Geographic and you will find some interesting programs by such people as Sir David Attenborough.

Read books

If watching documentaries does not cut it for you, try reading books about nature and wildlife. There are many works worth reading, including Walden by Henry David Thoreau and Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold.

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Armin Auctor
Armin Auctor is an author who has been writing for more than a decade, with his main focus on Lifestyle, personal development, and ethical subjects like the persecution of minorities in China and human rights.
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