Either way, there is the perfect answer - Nature.
Wherever you live there will be some form of nature within a short distance of your home, whether its the pavement trees that clean the traffic-polluted air, the buddleia bushes that have conquered the derelict factory site. It could be a city park, or endless wilderness of high moorland, or a pebbly beach beside where the ferris wheel turns. It could be the glimpse of the sunset behind the hedge on your daily commute home from work, or the collared dove that sits on the TV aerial outside your attic window.
Whatever and where ever it is, it is there, waiting for you.
Re-discover, explore, develop a new obsession.
I am looking forward to watching my Local Patch and reporting on and sharing with you each new sighting and memorable moment, but for now here's my "Top Three Things" to do or look out for over the coming months.
Why not give one (or two or three!) a go yourself?
Just pick an hour over the weekend, put your feet up with a cup of tea, write down any birds you see in your garden, and send in the results when you're done! And don't worry if you don't see many, or even any birds, because knowing what is not there is just as useful to the science as knowing what is there!
For more details, how to take part, and why it is important, go to : https://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/how-to-take-part/
- Choose somewhere close to home, perhaps within walking distance, or on your route to/from work, school/college or uni.
- Choose somewhere with a circular walk if possible, it can be boring doubling back on yourself.
- Decide on the boundaries, big enough for variety, but doesn't take all day to visit.
- Visit as often as possible - at least every week if you can!
Butterflies are a great place to start - there are not so many species as birds and most are very distinctive and often come to gardens!
Whatever you do this year, I hope you will continue to join me in explorations of nature on this local patch.
Please feel free to join in the conversation, or share your own discoveries. Leave a comment on the blog or on the BBC Wildlife Magazine forum Local Patch reporter's discussion board (on the The Oak By The Rife topic if for my attention) at http://www.discoverwildlife.com/forum/local-patch-reporters-f47.html.