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Earth Day: How to enjoy nature, even if you live in a city

Just because you live in a concrete jungle doesn’t mean there isn’t any natural beauty around you.

Mother Nature works hard year-round to provide your beloved #buddhabowls, #nicecream, and green juices. To show her how appreciative and thankful you are, go out and celebrate the great outdoors on her special day, Earth Day .

Research shows that just a few minutes in nature a day can improve your mood and self-esteem. We know it’s not always easy to tear yourself away from your computer – or from a marathon of Orange Is the New Black – but if you try out one of the ideas below, we can guarantee that you’ll be happy you did.

Parks and gardens: Pack a lunch (or even better, a picnic) and take it to your nearest park or public garden. Slip off your shoes, walk barefoot through the grass, enjoy your meal on the ground, and then take a powernap in the sun (just don’t forget to bring sunscreen!) – we feel relaxed just thinking about it!

Top tip: Most cities have botanical gardens – even indoor ones - that you can visit. Check out this map to find the one closest to you.

Water: Being next to water has a natural calming effect. Walk to your nearest lake, river or beach early in the morning when it’s still fairly empty. Take a few minutes to meditate, do some yoga, or even go for a jog.

Ride a bike: Pedaling through the city streets is eco-friendly, will give you a sense of freedom, and you’ll get to feel a nice breeze on your face. Try to ride your bike to the nearest woods and then take a hike – you’ll get a double dose of nature!

This Earth Day find a way to get out and enjoy your natural surroundings, even if you live in a city. You’ll feel uplifted, grateful, and even more connected to Mother Nature.

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