Did you know that spending as little as 30 minutes outdoors in nature, walking, jogging, running or simply sitting still being grounded as one with nature can improve one’s well-being? Though humans don’t take care of mother earth the way they should, she indeed takes care of us as best as possible by trying to keep our immune systems boosted, clearing our mind of negativity so we can focus and be creative, lowering our blood pressure, and more. Nature is one of the bodies great nurtures, if you did not know that, get out in see for yourself. This week is Climate Week, commit to getting educated so you can do your part in helping our planet take better care of us all so it can continue to keep us, the sea creatures and animals of the world safe.
6 Reasons to Become Friends with Nature
a. It can improve one’s mood by simply being still, listening to the sounds, and watching the animals and bugs play fly around in nature. The stillness of just being is pleasing to the soul. Also, if near water, the waves hitting the rocks can be tranquil to mind, body spirit and soul. Being in nature can lift one’s mood to higher levels as if traveling to an island far away from home, but actually being near. Add meditation or prayer with no shoes (barefoot) on will heighten the experience further.
2. Valuable in Alleviating Stress
a. Being in nature helps relieve tension that may have built up from the job, family, or friends or just living in this world. Head outside and get a dose of this goodness that has the power to relax one in minutes, not hours or days. However, the longer one engages in nature, the better one will feel. Making it apart of daily living is imperative to maintain, especially in these difficult times.
3. Helpful in lowering blood pressure
a. High blood pressure is a silent killer; however, lowering the risk of being in the range and sustaining normal blood pressure (<120/80) is satisfying to the heart. Being in and relaxing in nature for just 30 minutes a day 3x times a week via a jog, walk, or just sitting has the power to lower one's numbers and keep it in the normal range if adhered to more often than not. Look at it as an outlet for relieving whatever may be bothersome.
4. Advantageous in keeping focused
a. High blood pressure is a silent killer; however, lowering the risk of being in the range and sustaining normal blood pressure (120/80) is satisfying to the heart. Being in and relaxing in nature for just 30 minutes a day via a jog, walk, or just sitting has the power to lower one's numbers and keep it in the normal range if adhered to more often then not. Look at it as an outlet for relieving whatever may be bothersome.
5. Effective mental health
a. If one feels depressed or lost, taking time to sit or take a walk in nature can be very helpful. It can help calm the mind that maybe depressed or wavering. Nature can help out things in perspective because one can think more clearly because they can distinctly hear what the God/Universe is saying to them. There is power in being still and even more so in nature.
6. Beneficial in improving sleep
a. Isn't it interesting how there has been, and still are so many sound machines on the market today? These sound machines help one relax, play sounds of rain falling, waterfalls, birds chirping, and tons of other natural, calming sounds to help one sleep. There is a market for such items because most people cannot camp outside all day every day, but they can listen to these sounds to help them go to sleep and stay asleep. Being in nature, especially a park or scenic area, is soothing to the body; it puts the total being in an appeasing yet peaceful mood; this helps one to let down their guard and relax.
In conclusion, with the world's many complexities that appear before us, it is imperative to find ways to relax before we burn out. Being in nature is one of the simplest ways to bring comfort and peace to improve well-being. This week is climate week, it is a perfect time to learn of things you can do make this planet a comfortable and safer place for this generation and for generations to come.
In honor of climate week 2020 visit the below links to get and stay informed about our earth:
The American Institute of Stress
How Being Outdoors and Getting Active Impacts Stress Management