How to work from home – and stay connected to nature

Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

When working from home, it can be really easy to stay in front of a screen all day and never venture outdoors. We’ve got some easy ways to help you to connect with nature, even in the middle of a busy day! Whether you’ve got five minutes or an hour, there’s plenty of ways you can make your day a little bit more wild.

Getting ready for your day

Set up your workstation so you’re close to a window – this way, you’ll have a front row seat to any wildlife action. It’s also a great idea to bring the outside in, so if you have any houseplants pop them on your desk so that you’ve always got a bit of green in sight. If you can, work outside! Then you can enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of nature all day – now working from home doesn’t sound so bad, right?!

Before the work day starts

Take your breakfast into the garden or have a cup of tea while watching the world outside your window. Even if you’re surrounded by grey, you’re bound to spot little signs of wildlife. There could be a ladybird on your windowsill, or a blackbird singing for a mate on a neighbouring rooftop.

If you've only got five minutes...

If you don’t feel like you can step away from your screen but need a breather, check out our Rutland Osprey nest cam here where our star pair Maya and 33(11), have been nesting since 2015. Depending on the time of year, you might see them mating, sitting on their eggs, catching or delivering fish to each other, perched on the poles or protecting the nest from gulls, cormorants and even other ospreys! 

However, if you do want to take a moment outside, this is a good time to close your eyes and listen to the bees buzzing and birds singing.

If you've got half an hour...

…it’s most likely your lunch break! So, why not make it a picnic? Grab a blanket and head out into your garden – getting some fresh air in the middle of your work day is crucial to a productive afternoon. Take it a step further and do some exercise, such as a run, yoga or a quick bike ride to get those endorphins flowing.

If you've got an hour...

Make a virtual gardening club with your colleagues. This is a great way to stay connected to your workmates while you’re all at home, and you’re likely to gain some knowledge in the process! Live mini garden tours are always fun – and you can swap tips on gardening for wildlife!

The most important part of staying connected to nature while you’re working from home is nurturing your own health and wellbeing. Wildlife tends to have a calming effect and being outdoors can instantly make you feel refreshed if you’re in a productivity rut.

Stay safe everyone and stay wild!