How long do you spend staring at your screen every day? Most of us have started to spend far more time indoors and on our devices than outside. In fact, going out to be in nature is something that typically needs to be planned. It’s interesting to question why many of us feel drawn to nature or feel refreshed after spending time in it. Nature deprivation is all too real, especially in a post-Covid-19 world. 

While this may not be surprising, it is alarming to consider that nature deprivation is associated with depression. Being isolated constantly within four walls reduces your mental wellbeing and feelings of happiness and optimism. Nature is a respite for our racing and busy minds. It takes us away from our responsibilities and refreshes us for when we must go back.

The Power of Imagery

If you’ve ever had to stop and think about how much media you consume, you can relate to the joy that images can bring. It’s undeniable that we love images, and we love to consume visual media. Images captivate our minds so intensely because we use more of our brain to process visual stimuli than any other sense. They are the most interesting thing for our brains to consume. For this reason, images are very powerful influences on our mood and emotions. Most people would agree that watching a scary movie is far more intense than reading a horror book. As a result, we make strong associations with images and the emotions that they invoke.

So now that we know this about ourselves, how can we use that for our own good? This is where art can help. Wildlife artwork for your walls or images of nature can be a great way to fight off nature deprivation. Choose wildlife art or other images that bring you joy or lift your mood. If you know what kind of energy that you would like in a room, pursue that through the art you choose. You could pick wildlife pictures depicting family or comfort for your bedroom, or eye-catching pictures for where you entertain guests. Whatever wildlife art you go with, try to go with something that fits into your home and personality.

What’s So Special About Nature and Wildlife?

Of all the images out there, why wildlife artwork for your walls? Pet owners can vouch for the benefits of having an animal in your life. Studies have shown that they can reduce blood pressure, ease stress and anxiety, and help create feelings of well-being and connection. Even if you can’t own a pet, you can experience these benefits. You can try watching TV programs about animals, visiting a zoo, and even adding wildlife pictures to your home. 

Aside from animals, being in nature or seeing scenes of it also has its benefits. Similarly, one can experience reduced stress and anxiety, tranquility, and feelings of contentment. Exposing yourself or surrounding yourself with nature helps both your physical and emotional state. Choose natural landscapes or wildlife artwork for your walls that bring you these feelings. Some people may find a greater connection to snowy scenes and some might feel invigorated by horses running on the beach. Take some time to browse for images that add some diversity and break up the monotony of your home. Use these images as an anchor that grounds your mood whenever you see them. After all, your home should make you feel good yet connected with the rest of the world. 

There’s a reason that hospitals, schools, and offices also try to do this with art, photography, or plants. Without any of these anchors, our indoor spaces would look too sanitized and unwelcoming. No one wants to spend all their time in a concrete box. Understandably, if you do, you’ve likely felt some stress or anxiety. Take care of your mood and mental wellbeing by spending as much time with nature as you can. And for the times that you can’t, utilize art to bring some of those same benefits into your home.

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