Taking care of our health can be a tough task. We’re constantly reminded to eat healthy, go to the gym, de-stress, turn off our phones from time-to-time and the list goes on. But the biggest impact on our health is the environment.
Studies show that being in nature or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, anxiety and stress. Spending time in nature reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones. Let’s explore the top 7 health benefits of being in nature.
Getting outside usually involves some level of exercise, even if it’s just a short walk. One thing’s for sure – you’ll probably reduce time spent sitting. Even 15 – 30 minutes of exercise each day has long-term benefits for your mind and body, and decreases your risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.
- Stress relief
Studies show that being in nature reduces tension and depression. A study done in South Korea showed that just looking at pictures of natural settings increases people’s positivity and emotional stability.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D has a wide range of health benefits. It also helps boost our immune systems. We all need just 10 – 15 minutes of sunlight per day for our bodies to produce the proper levels of vitamin D. Get outside and treat yourself to some vitamin D.
Being in nature can increase sleep quality. This is partly due to stress reduction, but also because exposure to sunlight during the day can increase your melatonin production at night. Melatonin is needed to regulate your sleep cycle.
So much time behind a screen can take its toll on your eyesight. Spending time outdoors gives your eyes a chance to focus on objects farther away. This can reduce eye-strain.
Researchers in the US and Germany found that being in nature helps improve creativity. The German study showed that even looking at the colour green for a few seconds triggered greater creativity than other colors.
We all spend so much time in front of a screen. Getting out into nature is a great way to reconnect with family and friends and catch up in person.