Wellness in Nature

Did You Know: Nature Heals!


Over the last few decades, new research has shown the benefits of spending time in nature. Being in nature has been show to benefit both mental and physical health.

The practice of spending time in nature was popularized in part 1980s Japan, where they developed the exercise called shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing."

Even a short time spent in nature can reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety, improve your overall mood, and help you to express greater creativity. The physical benefits include lowered blood pressure, decreased heart rate, and improved immune system. If you can't make it outside, trying viewing scenes of nature - that's been shown to have benefits too!

Tips for spending time in nature

  1. Make the time. Schedule several 20-minute walks or “immersions” in nature per week.
  2. Find a remove area. Look for natural spaces that are away from sound and light pollution.
  3. Leave technology behind. Disconnecting from your phone and other electronics will allow you to be more fully present.
  4. Use your senses. Pay attention to what you see, hear, feel, smell, and perhaps even taste as you immerse yourself.
  5. Notice your breath. One of the sounds you can experience while in nature is the sound of your own breath.
  6. Allow time for silence. When experiencing nature with friends, try periods of quietly observing together.

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