Ever notice how a walk in the woods gives you a natural “high?” (Forest bathing is a real thing, people!) It’s no accident that connecting with nature helps makes us healthier, happier humans.
We realize that not everyone has hiking trails in their backyard, but even if you live in a hyper-urban environment and can’t skip town often, some research suggests that just gazing at photos or paintings of nature can have a calming effect. So it’s worth investing in some scenic artwork and hanging photos of your favorite outdoor spots around your home and workspace. Plus, public parks still count as exposure to greenness.
If you have limited mobility or are short on time, you can still reap many health benefits by being mindfully present in nature for just 10 minutes (whether that’s in a garden, your backyard or an outdoor space near your office).
Let's consider nine compelling reasons to spend time outside, away from screens and beeping, buzzing devices.
Getting out in nature correlates with increased physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. You don't have to go on a weekly camping trip to reap the benefits (although go for it, if you can), all it takes is about ten minutes a day to start. Close your eyes and breathe in that fresh air!