Spending time in nature is good for mental and physical health
It’s 2019 and we live in a digital world where we are often staring at screens, under fluorescent lights, listening to digital music, riding in vehicles at 60 miles per hour, and doing any number of other unnatural things. It is important to take time and get away from all of that. Spending time in nature is a great way to relax and connect with the world around you, and can do wonders for your mental health.
The scientific benefits of being outside
An article by Science Daily reveals that spending time outdoors reduces the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure. This is likely due to the different types of bacteria in natural areas. There are different organic compounds in the air in nature that could provide these health benefits. Many of this is blocked off from indoor settings.
Being outside literally has been proven to have benefits as strong as medication. The outdoors also provide mental health benefits. Natural noises and scenery help the mind relax and can be a natural cure for stress and anxiety. The sun also provides vitamin D which is essential for regulating the immune system and neurotransmitters that are linked to happiness, like serotonin and dopamine. The mental and physical health benefits of being outdoors should not be ignored.
How to get these benefits
The idea of going outside is very simple, yet so many people choose not to do it. This is probably because they do not have a reason to go outside. The best way to get out of the house is to find reasons to go outside. There are plenty of things to do in the natural world, so it will be about finding what is enjoyable. Some people enjoy simply sitting outside, some enjoy hiking, and others find these things boring. Find things that to do that will get you outside.
Simply being outside likely won’t be that beneficial if you aren’t in the right environment. Going out on the front porch with your cellphone likely won’t provide nearly as many benefits as going hiking in the woods, for example. Try to get out to places that are more natural and secluded, where you can breathe in the fresh air and fully indulge in the natural setting.
Being indoors isn’t always bad
Just because being in nature has a lot of health benefits does not mean that being indoors is bad. It simply means that you should try to find a balance between the two. If you spent the whole morning and afternoon indoors at work on a computer, try to get outside and spend some time in nature. This can be especially hard if you live in a city, but even most cities have parks and natural settings to enjoy.
If you can’t get outside that often, don’t fret too much. Just try to find time here and there to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out to some natural settings. Even if it’s just going to a park or sitting under a tree in the city. Even these small things can go a long way.
Remember to find reasons to go enjoy nature as often as possible. It really can help make you feel better and it has scientifically proven benefits. Aside from all of that, the world is a big and beautiful place, and it is well worth spending some time in it. Find places near you that you can go, and get out and go there!