Are you feeling anxious or irritated during the coronavirus lockdown? Do you constantly want to get up and move? Maybe you need a moment to engage with nature.
Getting into the great outdoors is difficult at right now. But our research soon to be published in Australian Forestry shows you can improve your mood by experiencing nature indoors. This could mean placing few pot plants in the corner of your home office, or even just looking at photos of plants.
Indoor plants for Coronavirus Blues
Our research has demonstrated that even a small number of plants hanging in pockets on along a busy corridor provide enough nature to influence our physiological and psychological perceptions.
Looking at wildlife photography
Our research also explored whether viewing images, posters or paintings of nature would make a difference.
We photographed the plants from viewpoints similar to those the corridor users experienced. Survey responses from those who only viewed these digital images were almost the same as those who experienced them in real life.
Here are seven places to help you get started.
- The Bush Blitz citizen science app launched a new online tool today. The species recovery program encourages children to explore their backyard to identify different species.
- “From the bottom of the sea direct to your screen”: watch this underwater live stream of Victoria’s rocky reef off Port Phillip Bay
- The Coastal Watch website offers live camera feeds on beaches around Australia.
- Watch the running water, trees and occasional fauna in California’s Redwood Forest River.
- In pastoral Australia, go on a four-hour drive through the country side along tree-lined roads.
- Zoos Victoria has set up live cameras that show its animals in natural (and nature-like) environments from Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo.
- Yellowstone National Park may be closed right now, but webcams are stationed in various locations throughout the park.