I love being in nature. I find I get absorbed and caught up in wonder of the beautiful natural world around me. Being in nature feeds my soul as I feel nurtured, restored, calmed and healed as well as being the ultimate stress buster. I regularly make a point of being in and enjoying nature as part of my self-care routine.
The following are reasons why being in nature is so good for our Mental Health and Wellbeing.
1) Restoring- The stresses of life can leave us feeling overstimulated, frazzled and burnt out. Spending time in nature aids with feeling psychologically restored. Walking in nature increases the speed of feeling restored.
2) Stress reduction- Being in nature aids our brain and nervous system, in recovering from the stimulation from modern living. This adds to the feeling of being overwhelmed and frazzled. When we are experiencing the symptoms of stress, the stress hormone Cortisol is increased, which when we have too much Cortisol production this has a detrimental affect on our brain and physical health. Just spending 15 minutes in nature can reduce Cortisol levels.
3) Improves concentration- As we rest in the calming effects of nature we can experience improved mental clarity as we have given our brains and nervous system a needed break and a chance to recover. We are then better equipped to concentrate on the tasks we need to.
4) Reduces the symptoms of Anxiety and Depression- Just feeling the sun on our faces or looking in wonder at the beauty of nature can have a very positive effect on our mood, and helps us to feel calmer and more grounded. The feelings of calm that can be induced by being in nature has a calming effect on our brains and also our bodies, with blood pressure being reduced.
5) Relaxation- nature has a very calming effect whether it’s watching the birds in the garden, taking in the beautiful array of colours, in the assortment of flowers. Contemplate the beauty of the changing seasons or sitting beside a calm lake, we are transported from the stresses of life to just enjoying being calm and restful. Even if it’s just for a few minutes we can feel our minds, bodies and souls restored, refreshed, feeling reenergized.
It’s not always possible to spend a huge amount of time in nature or perhaps you live in a busy town or city where access to large spaces of nature is limited, but just spending a few minutes looking out of the window, watching birds, or looking at trees (as well has having indoor plants or flowers), can still have a very positive effect on your Mental Health and Wellbeing.