Bringing Nature into Your Routine

Living in an urban city is the standard for most people I know. Some might be lucky in quiet suburban areas, while those of us in bigger cities can’t avoid the noise and city lights. I love to walk and being in nature. Although I enjoy it the most in Croatia, I want to share with you some ways you can better your mental state of being as well as your connection with nature.

1. Wake up with the sunrise.

I know this one seems intense, especially in the summertime (too early), and sometimes it is too late in the wintertime. This could also be an alarm clock that slowly lights up the room. This is the most natural and best way for your body to ease into waking up. Obviously, sounds of birds, trees, waves crashing, and overall the world waking up outside is ideal, I have invested in an alarm clock that mimics that, since I live in very urban area.

2. Spend at least 1 day every day outside.

Let’s split this into 30 minutes in the morning, and 30 in the evening. Even during your workday, going for a walk in the neighborhood of your workplace. I know sometimes it might rain, be too hot or too cold, so I recommend balancing out the time of your walk through the week. Maybe it rains on Monday, so you might add another 30 minutes to your walk on Tuesday and 30 minutes to Wednesday. Or maybe you have to go shopping so you opt for an outdoor mall instead with a lot of nature around it. There are many ways to do this, and you’d be surprised how quickly that hour will pass by.

3. Fill your home with plants.

But not any kind of plants. Look into what grows well on the balcony, in your garden, what can be in your room without harming you, and what can be added into the shower. Fresh spices could be in your kitchen, etc. So many different ways to make your home gain more green without you losing anything. Of course make sure to understand what these plants need from you since watering and sunshine could change the lifespan of your green friends.

4. Find an outdoor activity you enjoy doing.

Yes, this can be a walk, but it can also be biking, hiking, playing badminton, tennis, or any other sports. It’s also a great way to see your friends while doing something good for you all without spending money on drinks and dinners.

5. Take your pet for a longer or different walk than usual.

Maybe instead of doing the usual 10 minutes, just long enough for them to do what they need to do, how about a stroll in a different area for 30 minutes instead. That way your pet gets to use the energy they built up from being at home, and you also get to stretch your legs from the workday.

6. Drive to a different location to spend time outside.

I don’t have a pet where I live, but I know they are a great motivator to drive to a different park on a Saturday and play with them. Unrelating to a pet, if you do have a child, most likely than not they enjoy the outdoors, especially children’s playgrounds, so take them to a different one every weekend. This way you are also enjoying vitamin D while playing with your kids and/or pets.

There are many other ways to connect with nature, but these are some common and simple ways you can enhance your relationship with the outdoors without overdoing it.


The Task of “Doing”

I enjoy stating I love to write or I used to write but never prioritizing or actually doing it. This is the bane of human existence. We all urge and search for change, hoping it magically occurs without any actions. I’m here to remind you, but most of all myself, life doesn’t work like that.

Where does inspiration for “doing” come from? To be completely honest with you, it’s imperatively internal, and no matter what someone else might say or do, in the end, you make the decision to “do.” What stops us is fear of failure, judgment, thinking you are not good enough, and limited possibilities. All this is valid but also absolute bullshit. I know this because even if you fail at something, so what? Try again, and then try it a different way. I am already exhausted from any and all success stories because they always involve: rejection, some more rejection, and failure, but pushing through, and after 100 fails, making it. It could be less, or it could be more. So why is this not enough in my brain to help me move forward? Well, as stated before this example, we do not listen to others unless we go out and “do” something ourselves.

I made this blog with many different intentions because I enjoy writing about many different things. Some days I want to motivate myself and others, and sometimes I want to talk about fashion. Sometimes I also want to write fiction just to get it out of my writing system. So, let’s try this, you and me, reader. Let’s pretend like it doesn’t matter if we absolutely fail or succeed, but we just want to have fun. How long do you think we’ll last? Check in next week, the week after, and the one after that to find out…