Bring the Outdoors Inside

Bring the Outdoors Inside

18 Cheap (or Free) Ways to Bring the Outdoors Inside

Posted on 02.04.2020

A new article published by We Are Explorers on ways to bring the outdoors inside

Everything on this list is free or low-cost, and can be used to support your mental wellbeing – a bit of nature-based self-care for your new daily routine.

We know that many of you are financially feeling the crunch of these testing times – not to mention the health impacts on you and your loved ones. We hope that these suggestions play a part in keeping you optimistic in tough times.

If you’re struggling, consider a telehealth or in-person appointment with your local GP to set up a mental health care plan. Your psychologist of choice may be offering therapy via telehealth as well, allowing you to get mental health care from your home.

  1. Read an Outdoorsy Book
    There’s a TONNE of great reading material that’ll whisk you away to mountains and forests all over the world. I’m currently reading Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer, about the natural and cultural history of North American bryophytes – how niche, right? Your local library may be closed due to COVID-19, but most libraries give their users access to a huge range of online texts.
  2. Camp on Your Balcony or in Your Backyard
    I quickly realised when I was lamenting over how long it’d be until I could go camping again that my tent fits perfectly on my little verandah. For a bit of a laugh, I decided to go through with it. It honestly did cheer me up a bit.
  3. Watch Some Adventure Docos
    There’s a world of great nature and adventure docos beyond Sir David Attenborough (though he remains the uncontested King). They’re entertaining and informative, so go ahead and get schooled the fun way!

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