Being in touch with nature, directly in touch, is a powerful way to quiet your mind.
Wandering barefoot and smelling the air, noticing the birdsong and feeling the sun on your skin, all allow you to be completely present in the moment and connected to the earth.
Clearing your mind and recharging your energy are so important to well-being and can even improve your health as anxiety declines.
Being outside in the garden can be a good substitute for wild nature, especially if you allow your garden to embrace its own development and you don't try to tame it too much. If you lack any outside space, lying on a sofa next to a sunny window and being surrounded by some lush green plants can be enough to calm you.
As a herbalist. I grow many of my own plants and the feeling of being at one with them and indulging in their perfumed scents gives me a sense of deep tranquillity.
Often I wander with my little amulet bag strung round my neck, collecting a stone here or a seed there, all gifts from nature and completely free.
Back in my tiny work-shed studio I add them to my nature shelf, to be used as inspiration for a piece of jewellery, or just to look at as I work.
Creating a place to display nature finds is another way to develop your connection with the earth. Something to ground you when you need to connect back to nature and you can't be outside.
I hope the magic of nature lifts you and I wish you well.