Before the cold weather arrives, try one of these four ways that nature can
help us deal with the uncertainty of the Covid world. Studies have demonstrated
that connecting with nature will reduce anxiety and depression while increasing
positivity.

Drink in Nature as You Walk. Most stay-at-home orders have been lifted
so we can venture out of doors. Relish the smell of freshly cut grass. Maybe
you hear a bird’s song, the buzz of a bee, or the croak of a frog. Watch the
bee as it enters a blossom to gather pollen.

Take a mental photograph of the good things you encounter. The
additional seconds you spend creating the mental image will help you
internalize the memory. Get absorbed in your experience. Building and
installing pleasant memories will enhance your positivity.

Bring Nature In. Add a house plant to your home or office. Not only
is the presence of plants cheerful, they can also have benefits by reducing
the allergens in the air, promoting relaxation, and supporting healing. That
may sound too good to be true, but there are studies that evidence these
benefits. Try pothos, aloe, or lavender.

Sit in the Sun. Of course, you should wear a sunscreen and avoid the
hours when it sends the most damaging rays, but letting the sun’s rays hit your skin will induce your body’s production of endorphins, feel good
hormones that reduce feelings of stress and pain.

Watch Nature Videos. This suggestion may feel counterintuitive but
there are times when we can’t get outside. Try BBC Earth or PBS Nature. My
favorite is the “Celebrate What’s Right” TEDx Talk by National Geographic
Photographer Dewitt Jones.

You can find other means to reduce anxiety and depression in my June
blog “Confidence in an Inside Job,” my May blog “Visualize Your Refuge,”
and my March blog “Calm Your Anxiety.”