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The Benefits of being in Nature

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

Nature has a way of making us feel alive and connected to something greater than ourselves. Whether it's a walk through the forest, a hike up a mountain, canoeing on a lake, or simply sitting by the ocean, there's something to be said about being in nature and its profound impact on our well-being. After a lifetime of being in the outdoors and a Masters degree tied to nature and the profound effects that it can pose on our daily life’s I am excited to share this blog about the benefits of spending time in nature.

Here are some of the benefits that I’ve found in my time in nature:

Nature reduces stress and anxiety: The hustle and bustle of everyday life can leave us feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. But spending time in nature has been shown to lower levels of stress hormones such as cortisol to reduce feelings of anxiety. The sound of birds chirping or the rustling of leaves can have a calming effect on the nervous system, which helps us to feel more relaxed and at ease.

Nature Improves the mood: Nature can improve the mood and feelings of well-being with in one’s self, which can in return lead to increased happiness and positivity. Research has shown that spending just 20 minutes in nature can increase feelings of vitality and energy, leaving us feeling more content and fulfilled.

Nature promotes Better sleep: Exposure to natural light and fresh air can help regulate our circadian (daily) rhythms, leading to a better quality of sleep at the end of the day. Studies have shown that people who spend time in nature tend to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly, leading to increased energy and productivity during daily activities.

Nature promotes Increased physical activity: Being in nature most often involves physical activity, such as hiking, canoeing, or gardening, which can improve overall physical health. A regular routine of exercise is and has been linked to a wide range of health benefits, including reduced risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.

Nature improves the immune system: Exposure to natural environments can increase immune function and reduce the risk of illness. Studies have shown that spending time in nature can increase the number of natural killer cells in our body, which are responsible for fighting off viruses and other pathogens.

Nature improves cognitive function: Nature has been known to improve attention, memory, and creativity, leading to improved cognitive function. Research has shown that spending time in nature can help us to focus better, think more creatively, and improve our problem-solving skills.

In conclusion, I have found that spending time in nature has had a profound impact on my physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Whether a quick walk in the park, a weekend camping trip, or a month long canoe trip, taking the time to connect with the natural world has helped me feel more alive, energized, and fulfilled in my life.

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