Our modern lives mean that we spend more time inside. Cities make our lives about inside spaces - apartments, roads, subways, cars, restaurants and bars. We connect with technology and spend time inside at our computers. But we have forgotten that being outside nourishes us.
|Getting a nature fix in the city|
Nature deficit disorder has become more main stream and has been linked to diseases like ADD in children. When you move abroad try to make sure that you and your family get enough time outside.
Tips:- Don't be afraid to experience nature when you are living abroad. Do some research into the local environment and know what you need to be concerned about.
- Research the location of the local parks and pick accommodation near one.
- Volunteer at a park.
- Think about the night sky too. It doesn't have to be a sense of wonder for plants, it can be for stars.
- Indoor herb gardens provide fresh herbs for cooking and help children connect food and nature.
- Pick a home or apartment with lots of light, good for you but also good for your pets too.
- Encourage green living and green spaces in cities.
- Find out if there are hidden spaces and rooftop gardens in the city that you can go to; some private gardens have opening hours.
- Arrange to pick your own fruit at a local farm.
- Go fishing and cook the fish you catch.
- Grow plants in your home and teach your kids to nurture by giving them their own plants.
- Sponsor an animal in its natural habitat. Discover the endangered species in your host country.