Something that we all have in common, no matter where we are on the globe, no matter what time of the day it is or even season it is – NATURE. Nature is something that we can access freely whenever we choose to. You may need to travel a bit or maybe nature is right around the corner. Wherever it is, if you are not already spending time in nature on a regular basis, I hope that today's video will plant a healthy seed in your mind and inspire you to get going and spend time in nature.
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery
—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought:
"This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
There are many great benefits to spending time in nature, both psychological and physiological including increased immune activity and less perceived effort while exercising.
Researchers are amassing a body of evidence, proving what we all know to be true: nature is good for us and has both long and short term mental and physical health benefits.
Here are just 5 great benefits for spending time in nature:
1. Prevents Depression & Boosts Happiness. People who live in a close proximity (1.6 miles/1 kilometer) to a park, forest or a wooded area experience less anxiety and depression than those who live farther away from such spaces (based on a study that was done in 2009 by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health).
If you are moody or unhappy, spending time in nature more frequently and consistently may improve your mood and level of happiness. Frankly, I don't need a study to know that, but maybe some people do. Conduct an experiment, build for yourself an outdoor routine and see how you feel, mentally and emotionally. If you find that it's working for you, it may be a good thing for you (I'm actually sure it will be) to move to live in an environment that makes you happy and it'll definitely be somewhere closer to nature.
2. Green Environment Improves Your Vitality – Just 20 minutes in a vegetation-rich environment improves our vitality. That means that you'll have the potential to enjoy more of an emotional stability and cope with life better, less stress and more joy, guess what that will do to your health and well-being? Only good!! Imagine waking up feeling great, actually excited about your day and looking forward to it. Having back again a spark in your eyes and a song in your heart. And all of that "just" because you started to spend more time in nature vs. between one doctor's appointment to another (I'm not saying you should not visit your doctor, but add time in nature on top of that). A miracle? maybe…
3. Boosts Immunity – so here is how this works. When we breathe in the fresh air, we breathe in phytoncides, which are airborne chemicals that plants give off to protect themselves from insects. Phytoncides have antibacterial and antifungal qualities which help plants fight disease. When we, humans as well as animals, breathe in these chemicals, our bodies respond by increasing the number and activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells or NK. These cells kill tumor- and virus-infected cells in our bodies. And here is more:
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces stress
- Improves mood
- Increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
- Accelerates recovery from surgery or illness
- Increases energy level
- Improves sleep
4. Sunlight is Beneficial. In moderation of course and with protection. When sunlight hits the skin, it begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D. Which is known to help us prevent osteoporosis and cancer. It is also known that a deficiency in Vitamin D can increase risk of heart attacks, so again, nature, get into the habit. Did I mention it's good for you?
Now It's Time To Get Into The Habit
of spending time in nature.
I'd love to hear from you how was your outdoor experience.
And if you are eager and want to take action immediately towards better health and well-being, and you are ready to clear the blocks that may be standing in your way to feel better today, click here, watch the short video and follow the steps so we can get together on the phone for just a “getting to know each other” conversation to see if I can be of help.
To access all 16 parts of this series click here, this link will take you to the blog-article “16 Ways To Move Away From Pain And Into Freedom”. Towards the end of the article you’ll find the 16 ways. Each week, another article will be available, and you’ll be able to access each article from there.