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Wellness in Nature

Did you know nature heals?

treeOver the last several decades, emerging research has shown the far-reaching benefits of spending time in nature—improving measures of both mental and physical health.

Even a short time spent in nature (or viewing scenes of nature, if you can’t make it outside) can reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, improve your overall mood and lead to greater creativity.

Physically, time spent outdoors can lead to lower blood pressure, tension and heart rate, and can also play a role in strengthening your immune system.

Tips for spending time in nature

  1. Make the time. Schedule time for 2-3, 20-minute walks or “immersions” in nature per week, and hold yourself to it.
  2. Find an area away from sound pollution produced by cars, buildings, construction, and large crowds.
  3. Leave the tech behind. Disconnecting from your phone and electronics will allow you to be fully present
  4. Be mindful of your surroundings — the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and taste will help center you.
  5. Focus on your breath — inhale through your nose for 3-5 seconds, hold for two, then exhale for 5-7 seconds.
  6. If you go with a friend, agree on a set period of time where no speaking will occur. Instead, focus on your surroundings.

Resources and Supplemental Reading

Area green spaces

5 minutes in nature

What happens when you spend just 5 minutes in nature?