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How to be closer to nature while living in the city

Published By: Rappler | April 23, 2021

Did you know that you can get the best of both nature and city life?

Many people believe that living in the city means being away from nature. You might agree. After all, it’s difficult to spot a patch of nature in the middle of bustling streets and skyscrapers.

While city life is more convenient, natural environments are more relaxing. When you’re stressed, would you prefer honking cars over the sound of trees rustling in the wind? If you’re someone who loves the convenience of city life and the calmness of nature, we’re here to show you that it’s not impossible to find a place that can give you both. Here are some ways:

Visit local parks

Over the past year, health professionals have advised that communal activities such as dining together would be safer if done outdoors as opposed to indoor spaces. Wide, open spaces – often found in more natural environments – ensure enough ventilation to dilute SARS-CoV-2 viruses in the air and enough space for everyone to follow proper physical distancing.

With these considerations, why not visit your local parks? If you live far from parks, you can also head to community gardens, playgrounds, or plazas near you.

Start your own garden

If you’re not comfortable with going out of your home, consider bringing nature home with you.

One way to do this is by setting up a garden or plant nursery. This has become a popular idea since more people started gardening amid the pandemic.

It not only allows you to add a touch of lush greenery to your home but it also keeps your hands full. You may even consider planting your own vegetables and fruits and explore farm-to-table cooking.

Live in a home that has the modern luxuries of a city and the calming powers of nature

Another way is to live in a home that balances modern luxuries with a natural environment.

If you’re looking to move out, SM Development Corporation (SMDC)’s Mint Residences is a newly launched property in Makati that allows its residents to be closer to nature.

LOBBY. The lobby showcases an interplay of materiality, such as light and dark stones, metal and and accents of the color mint, among others

It’s built from a combination of modern materials and natural elements. The common areas, for example, are illuminated by LED lights while other areas simply rely on natural light and ventilation. This condominium also has 64% green space in its amenity area and sky garden on top of practical units that are just the right size.

You can also enjoy world-class amenities designed to help you achieve a calm and refreshed state. These include a floating lounge deck, trellis lounge, reflection room, manicured gardens, pebbled walkway, garden pool, and water walls, among others.

TRELLIS LOUNGE. As you walk outside the amenity deck, you are greeted with the Trellis Lounge that seamlessly blends with an environ filled with landscaped gardens

Living in the city doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the healing effects nature can give. For more information on Mint Residences, you can follow InternationalTeamSMDC's Facebook page. *Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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