Staying Connected To Nature When You Can't Go Outside

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COVID-19 has put the brakes on a lot of activities we’ve grown accustomed to. But even if you’re spending most of your time indoors, social distancing from people, you can still stay connected to nature.

Health researchers know staying in touch with nature is crucial when it comes to reducing stress. It's also essential for your physical health as well as your mental and emotional well-being.

"Research done in hospitals, offices, and schools has found that even a simple plant in a room can have a significant impact on stress and anxiety," according to a report by the University of Minnesota.

Being outdoors and basking in the full glory of nature might be the best way to stay healthy, but if the pandemic makes that tough, there's a solution: Bring the outdoors inside.

Nature-Based Artwork

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Just because the beach is off-limits right now, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an ocean view. A seascape painting or sand sculpture in your living room can help you experience a little bit of the outdoors. Enjoy the sound of waterfalls? Add a small table fountain.

Natural Textures

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Wood or stone floors add a touch of nature to your indoor decoration. A cedarwood or sandalwood table or chest will bring the scent of the forest inside. Instead of perfumed potpourri, add a bowl of cinnamon sticks and pine cones to a side table for a rustic look and aroma.

Add Plants

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From a purely scientific perspective, 1989 NASA research shows indoor plants reduce airborne toxins and allergens in your home. Just as important? Plants improve your mood. Plants also improve your memory retention, creativity, and productivity.

Even if your thumb shows not the slightest tinge of green, you’ll find houseplants that will thrive with minimal maintenance.

Money Tree

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Money plants are often given as wedding gifts because they supposedly bring wealth. Money or not, they can be an ideal indoor plant. Aside from watering when their soil feels dry, money trees like a little misting on the leaves.

Dragon Tree

This is an ideal plant for beginners. It’s a top choice for removing toxins from the air, can handle moderate light, and only needs watering every couple of weeks. It’s best as a potted floor plant because it can grow up to six feet tall.

Spider Plant

The spider plant is an attractive addition to your home and is another air cleanser. It’s ideal for hanging, one of the easiest to grow, and is happy with some indirect sunlight. It likes a good watering, but not soggy conditions. It will produce "spiderettes" that you can transplant to start new plants.

Peace Lilies

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This is a longtime favorite. In addition to being one of the loveliest of houseplants with its white hooded blossoms, it’s also an air purifier. True to its name, the peace lily has a forgiving nature. It’s content with low light and needs water only when its leaves begin to droop.

Aloe

This plant is recognized for its medicinal benefits. In addition to being in soaps, lotions, and shampoos, the aloe makes an excellent indoor plant. It prefers indirect light and a good watering every week or so. It has the added benefit of pumping oxygen back into the air, making it an ideal bedroom plant to promote good sleep.

Ivy

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Ivy has been an indoor favorite forever. It requires watering only when the soil is dry. The plant prefers bright window light but will tolerate moderate light. A word of caution: Some ivies, such as English ivy, are considered invasive outdoors, so keep your ivy indoors. Being confined doesn’t mean you have to be out of touch with nature — just bring it indoors. Give your plants a little care, and they’ll be around long after the virus is gone!