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Feeling cooped up? Here’s how to bring nature into your home
Saturday, 16 May · 2 min read

Getting out into nature can improve your physical and mental health -- it helps you relax, boosts your mood and reduces stress.

If you’re still under some form of lockdown, being cooped up at home makes this harder, even if you do go out for a daily walk, but it doesn’t make it impossible.

Try these steps to bring the outdoors into your home:

  • keep the windows open whenever you can
  • sit by a window that looks out onto trees, birds of other forms of nature
  • look at photos of the natural world on your phone, TV or print them out
  • listen to sounds of birdsong, rainfall or waves
  • get as much natural daylight as possible
  • keep plants in your home
  • spend time in your garden or on your balcony if you have one

Quote of the day

Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far. -- Jodi Picoult

Need to de-stress? Try kneading your own pizza dough

If you've found comfort in home cooking in recent weeks, why not turn your hand to making pizza, the ultimate crowd-pleaser?

You may also find that kneading pizza dough helps to relieve stress.

Self-styled 'international pizza consultant' Anthony Falco shows you how to make the dough at home in this video from The New York Times.