Can Nature Improve Our Mood During Lockdown?
How the outside world can be good for body and mind – with expert tips on making the most of it.
At a time when so many of us are facing a heightened sense of threat as well as deep worries about our future, can nature lift our spirits?
“Our current crisis has switched us out of normal existence and into survival mode,” says Dr Anna Jorgensen, who researches the connection between environment and wellbeing at the University of Sheffield.
“We no longer see ourselves as quite so immortal,” she says.
With far more people unable to work, or working from home, many have been inspired to explore nature in their neighbourhood as they refocus on their immediate surroundings.
As one Instagram user summed it up: “[It] takes a lockdown to find new paths from home. Escaped the ‘office’ to follow the River Trent winding through the floodplain at the bottom of our road, past gnarly old tree stumps and a statuesque heron.”