How To Bring The Psychologically-Calming Effects Of Nature Into Your Home

Pandemics are likely to change a lot of things, from the way we live, what food we eat and even how we design buildings.

How To Bring Nature Indoors During The COVID-19 Pandemic

For example, there was a push for “healthier buildings” after the Spanish flu and tuberculosis hit back in 1918, leading to what’s now known as the “International Style” of architecture, which consists of clean lines and white surfaces in order to make houses that are full of light and air.

And now, experts believe the COVID-19 crisis can lead to a similar scenario, what with the effects of pandemic seen as not only physical, but also psychological. One such change that is being spearheaded is the idea of allowing more nature into our indoor spaces.

This is because, according to a growing body of research, being close to nature has positive effects on our health. It also improves our ability to focus. This is why we can usually clear our mind whenever we take walks in the park or near the forest. In fact, there’s even evidence that it helps us physically as well. However, the lockdown has made that a bit harder these days.

Simple Solutions To Bring Nature Into Your Homes

Fortunately, there are simple solutions to bring nature to your indoor living spaces without spending much. For example, you can always put small potted plants inside your house. Furthermore, you can take this further by bringing the movement of weather indoors, such as placing an insect screen and a net curtain outside your window, which will then generate moiré patterns that change as the wind varies, producing a calming effect.

If you have a deck or balcony with sunlight, you can also project the foliage onto a translucent blind or shade so you can see the patterns from the inside. Placing a shallow tray of water on a sun-facing balcony can also project ripples onto your ceiling and walls, all of which can help you feel more connected with the outside world while helping your mind feel calmer.

We’re spending a lot of time indoors these days so why not welcome nature as a dear friend rather than something that needs to be kept outside.

Girl Nature Exposure to nature has long been linked to improved health, including less interest in eating unhealthy, smoking and drinking alcohol. Pixabay

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