While it may seem obvious that spending time outside is good for your mind, body, and soul – whether it is about taking a stroll to clear your head or standing in your green backyard – the effect is indeed real and, over the years, people have realised that the way to a healthy life means experiencing nature first-hand in some form, close by.
These effects aren’t just limited to taking a nature walk in your neighborhood park, or placing an indoor plant on your child’s study table, but hiking trails or a robust walk in the woods, both of which will truly have an impact.
With winters finally here, you should convince your wallet and your mind to spend some time amidst an abundance of greenery and blossoming flowers because nature offers an unswerving boost to your mental and physical well-being. Here are just a few benefits:
According to a study conducted by the students of the University of Michigan, two pairs of couples were asked to take a walk in a forest and city street respectively. After they returned, those who walked through the forest showed 20% better memory as compared to the ones who walked through the city. It was later analyzed that walks in nature boosted your working memory much more than a walk in urban surroundings.
Restoring Mental Energy
Do you know that feeling where your brain seems to be at a halt? That’s ‘mental fatigue’. There is only one thing that can help you rev your mental game to a level where it never was before – the great outdoors. Another study mentioned in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1995 is that people’s mental energy bounces back if they even look at pictures of nature, while pictures of a metropolitan city have no such effect.
Tensed or stressed? Then you simply must head for the trees and beaches. Living in nature has the power to lower your levels of cortisol – the hormone which is known as the marker of stress. Moreover, there are therapies that help in relieving stressful states, called ‘Forest Therapies’. In cities, a view of nature outside the window of your home or office lowers stress levels, thus increasing job satisfaction.
Inflammation ist he natural process the body uses to react to a stubbed toe or exposure to the flu. But when this inflammation overrides and enters your system, it leads to a wide range of illnesses, including immunity disorders, depression and more. Spending time in nature and staying close to nature at regular intervals could be the best way to help you keep health issues at bay.
Just imagine therapy which costs nothing, has no side effects, is readily available and can even boost your creativity – that’s what ‘nature therapy’ promises. Any person who has a desk job had that one moment where he/she look outside into the world and think that they could do more and perform better. At this moment there is nothing better than planning a vacation to a place which is serene. When you are stuck inside, go outside to get the breath of fresh air in the lap of nature.
A walk through nature can restore your waning attention and focus. To come up with innovative ideas and to think of doing things differently, some prefer taking a walk through the city and the rest just relax. But the ones surrounded by nature, and are exposed to it for a longer period of time, are the ones who perform better in life.
Taking care of your health can be a rough task. Where we’re constantly reminded to eat healthy, sleep well etc, a stay at a serene place, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, can decrease your levels of anxiety and bad moods. So plan a vacation, experience the positivity of nature, and boost your overall health and longevity!