5 Tips to Connect with Nature in this Busy World

08 June  |  Listicles

Phone calls, emails, deadlines, bills and a consumerist driven media that bombard you with advertisements for things that you apparently ‘need’ – all this is enough to leave even the best of us quite jaded. How about you take a step back and return to where you really belong – nature. Here are five simple ways to make this essential connection with life.

Nature Walks

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There is no dearth of places when you are looking for nature-friendly places near Bangalore. The lungs of the city are in Cubbon Park, a well maintained and expansive outdoor area, home to plant species from all over the world. Apart from different trees and flowering shrubs, you will also be surrounded by wonderful critters – birds, reptiles, and mammals that call this place home. Just a stone’s throw away from the swanky city center, Cubbon Park is a convenient place for a fulfilling morning walk.

Observing Exotic Birds

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Soothe yourself by getting away from the sounds of TV and traffic and replacing them with the chirping of birds. From Lalbagh to the many lake habitats of Bangalore, there are many places to spot a species or two. Nandi Hills is a favourite haunt for bird enthusiasts and a great place for beginners to start too. Find comfortable eco-friendly accommodation in Nandi Hills like the Discovery Village resort and have an unforgettable experience. Some of the colourful bird species that can be heard and spotted in these hills include different types of flycatchers and thrushes.

Gaze at the Sky

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Our planet is but a speck in the universe and we need to pause and gaze upwards at the amazing chemistry that has unfolded for billions of years. They say that humans have not lost their instinct of being guided by starlight and the sky remains the enigma that has birthed everything from legends to religion. You do not need to be an astronomer to enjoy a session of stargazing. Head away from the light pollution of the city and observe the many constellations and formations that dot the clear night sky. The jungles of the Nilgiris provide the best nature attraction in Karnataka. Book a weekend in one of the eco-friendly resorts in Kabini and immerse yourself in the stars while the sounds of the forest provide an eternal soundtrack.

Connect with Nature through Meditation

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You don’t need to head too far to meditate in nature. The nearest park on a quiet misty morning is good enough or you can even set up a little Zen zone in the balcony. Meditation helps you dispel the distractions. It is also a healthy habit that will help you improve in many ways – meditation is believed to help those with high blood pressure and can combat depression.

Grow a Kitchen Garden

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A garden will keep you busy in the best possible way. You can go back to the roots, literally and get your hands dirty for what is often considered as the most satisfying activity. Skip some of the chemical-laden food from markets by nurturing your own kitchen garden. It is also believed that tending to plants goes a long way in reducing stress and anxiety.

When planning a trip, be a great example to your family and peers by committing to socially responsible tourism. This includes choosing resorts that have a low waste impact and practice green methods. These are the best places to relax as the experience is much more authentic and in harmony with the surroundings. You don’t even have to go away for too long. There are many one day resorts in Bangalore that can give you and your family a much needed natural break.