Nature deficit disorder has set in here in central New York State.
For a month now it has been so cold even my dog won’t go outside. His paws burn from the salt put on the icy roads and they freeze on the snow. He refuses to master boots.
People are beginning to get cabin fever from being stuck inside.
Nature deficit disorder is real.
It is what we suffer and lose when we lack a connection with nature.
“…nature-deficit disorder affects "health, spiritual well-being, and many other areas, including our ability to feel ultimately alive."Richard Louv
Fortunately, there are some easy ways we can attempt to combat nature deficit disorder while we are waiting for the weather to shift. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Listen to Birdsong radio(this is one of my favorites)
"(Research) results suggest that after psychological stress, physiological recovery of sympathetic activation is faster during exposure to pleasant nature sounds..."NIH.gov
2. Grow bulbs indoors (I’ve still got Christmas amaryllis blooming here.)
3. Download desktop wallpaper from amazing National Geographic images for free here
4. Hang a bird feeder outside your window.
5. Get some nature guides and learn about trees, birds, hiking and kayaking opportunities for upcoming months
6. Get some fresh flowers to look at
7. Get some scented oils and a diffuser to fill your space with natural aromas
8. Watch wildlife documentaries
What are your favorite ways to connect with nature even when you must be inside, at a desk, etc?