Living in a city has many wonderful things to offer, but the fast-paced work and modern lifestyle can be stressful and draining on your mental and physical health. Learning how to step out of the fast lane and embrace the benefits of reconnecting to the natural world through all your senses can really improve your wellbeing in the future.
In 1950, only 30% of humanity were urban dwellers, but by 2050, 66% of the human population is projected to live in cities. As a species, we are growing exponentially whilst our living conditions are becoming tighter, faster and more polluted.
There are increasing concerns that we are losing our connection to the natural world due to growing urbanisation. A two-year study in the UK found that 10% of children hadn’t been to a natural environment – such as a park or botanic garden – for over a year. In the hustle-and-bustle of our city lives, it can be easy to forget about nature and the wonderful influence it can have on us.