Coming from our roots of hunting and gathering, humans have a native tendency to seek connections with nature. This is because nature makes us genuinely happy, its Biophilia.
The Biophilia Hypothesis was termed by Erich Fromm, A psychoanalyst in the 1970’s who described ‘Biophilia’ as the passionate love of life and all that is alive. He proposes that humans have a deep affiliation with other life forms and nature as a whole as it is rooted within our biological makeup.
Over the last few decades our relationship with nature and the outdoors has been disconnecting. Humans are spending less and less time outside, and more time inside buildings and cars. With the continual technological advances and creation of man made objects, there is no wonder our disconnect with nature is strengthening.
When I was younger, I would spend hours upon hours outside, running a muck in the dirt or mountain bike riding through the national parks and being completely 100% happy. Current generations are not being given the same form of enrichment. Children as young as 2 are being given iPad and mobile phones or are cooped up inside watching overstimulating TV shows.
With this early introduction to electronic usage comes worsening figures in early teen hood. A recent government survey indicated that kids as young as 12 are staring at electronic screens for at least three hours per day. Whilst in this day and age some of this time may be for educational purposes, they are missing out on the cognitive and psychological benefits of physical and active play outdoors.
It is important that we give ourselves and kids the opportunity to explore and develop Biophilia. We need to live life unplugged and allow nature to do its thing.
You can implement simple changes to get your daily dose of Biophilia. A few include:
- Grounding yourself. Grounding refers to the uninterrupted connectivity between your body and the earth. The idea behind it is that the earth has a negative charge and over time our bodies build up a positive charge. Directly contacting with the earths surface can help even out this positive change and help neutralise the bodies charge.
- Get your dose of thalassotherapy. (Sea Therapy). Take a road trip up the coast, set up some canoes or SUPS, take a dip and enjoy the scenery and breathe in that amazing salty air. Don’t forget that sea salt is packed to the brim with happy-skin minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium.
- For the Adelaidians, go for a hike Kuitpo Forest or check out the amazing falls at Morialta. Or for the camping fans, take a road trip up to Wilpena Pound in Flinders ranges and pitch up a tent for the night. While your there you can check out the hiking trials and enjoy the beautiful wildlife. For those who say “ umm no I don’t camp”, you’re in luck, they also have Safari Glamping (Glamorous camping). https://www.wilpenapound.com.au/accommodation/ikara-safari-camp/
- As we are all spending more and more time inside, the quality of the air indoors does not match that of the outdoors due to the variety of contaminates present. Adding in potted plants indoors can help absorb and reduce the amount of air contaminates through their process of photosynthesis. A few of the main plants that have been proven to reduce chemical vapours include Areca Palm, Ficus, Boston Fern and English Ivy.
- Maximise your exposure to natural lighting where available. Recent studies have shown that natural lighting provides many benefits over artificial sources with the most predominant being a reduction in depression related symptoms. The study displayed that just one hour of walking per day in natural sunlight dramatically improved patterns of melatonin and cortisol secretion.
So do yourself a massive favour, live your life more on the ‘unplugged’ side and get outside and soak it up. There are spectacular things to see and do right on your door step, so immerse yourself in it, and enjoy the beautifulness that is Biophilia.