Exposure to nature has been linked to many benefits, such as improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders and even improved empathy and cooperation. Most research so far has focused on green spaces such as parks and forests, and researchers are now also beginning to study the benefits of blue spaces such as lakes, rivers, and ocean views.
What you are seeing, hearing, and experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but also how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are functioning.
This blog describes 4 key benefits of maintaining a consistent exposure to nature.
- Nature heals- A simple walk outside will bring fresh air into your lungs and help your body stretch as well as burn calories. Focusing on one's surroundings, can add calming endorphins to your brain.
- Nature soothes- Nature helps us cope with pain. We are genetically programmed to find trees, plants, water, and other natural elements engrossing. We can be absorbed by nature scenes and distracted from our pain and discomfort.
- Nature restores- After a busy or long day of focusing, our bodies and our minds need to relax and debrief. Nature has the ability to help us re-energize whenever we feel there is a lack of innovation or thought.
- Nature connects- Spending time outside can help you connect with others, have a stronger sense of belonging, and be a part of your local community. You never know who you might meet on a walk or what future friendships may cross your path!
We suggest to take at least a few minutes a day to just appreciate one’s surroundings. Listen to the birds, imagine with the clouds, and smell the freshness of the trees. It is an incredible world in which we live.