The past few weeks have been a difficult time for everyone, with most of us not able to get outside as much as we’d like, or to explore the beautiful landscapes that can help lift our spirits. However, for some people life in lockdown has provided an opportunity to slow down and perhaps take more time to reconnect with nature.
Sharing our world with nature means if you look close enough, you can find it anywhere. From that spot next to the kitchen window where you get to eavesdrop on the birds’ morning natter, to the jungles waiting to be discovered between the deep caverns of paving slabs. And if you’re one of the people who has begun to notice nature on your doorstep, then you may have also felt the benefits.
Research that our partners at the National Trust have carried out with the University of Derby has shown that not only do adults with a strong connection to nature feel healthier, but ‘nature connectedness’ is also strongly linked to lower levels of depression and anxiety. What’s more, we know that if people fall in love with nature they'll be more likely to look after it, so if you haven’t reconnected with nature yet, now is the perfect time to start noticing the beauty of the world around you.