Nature is beautiful. It’s also powerful. If you can get out a bit a spend some time outdoors with fresh air near grass, trees, water, and birds chirping, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the many nature health benefits.
If you’re not sure it’s worth your time and effort, here are two benefits to consider.
Part of getting out in the nature generally involves walking. This can lower your stress levels. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), exercise allows your body and mind to feel better, as it produces endorphins that numb pain in your brain.
But it isn’t only about getting exercise. The setting also plays a role.
To quote an article published in Behavioral Sciences last May, “a growing number of studies have shown that visiting green spaces and being exposed to natural environments can reduce psychological stress.”
Researchers Alan Ewert and Yun Chang wanted to know whether this benefit was due to the setting – the “natural environments” or exercise, which may be just as beneficial indoors.
Here’s what they found. “Visiting natural environments can be beneficial in reducing both physical and psychological stress levels, with visitors to a natural environment reporting significantly lower levels of stress than their counterparts visiting a more urbanized outdoor setting or indoor exercise facility.”
Another one the nature health benefits is the ability to clear your head. You know what it’s like to have your mind full of thoughts, ideas, and things to remember, and that can feel overwhelming at times.
Fortunately, by getting in-touch with nature, you can clear your mind. And there is now scientific data on this phenomenon. According to a study done by the University of Utah and the University of Kansas, after being in nature for around half-an-hour without using technology, you start to experience the psychological and emotional benefits.
Do you spend time in nature?
What are some of the nature health benefits you’ve experienced?
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