There are over 100 research studies showing regular connection with nature helps to reduce stress. Hospital patients with a view of natural settings recover quicker from injury and operations. Regular contact with nature enhances mental health and psychological development.
Sensory Awareness and Purpose
Being outdoors makes you feel alive. The smell of lemon-scented eucalyptus trees, the salt-spray from a blue ocean and the crackle of twigs beneath your feet on a bush track awaken the senses. Research shows connecting with nature also bestows a meaning of purpose and connectedness.
Disguised Physical Activity
Outdoor environments beg to be explored and discovered. If you hate going to the gym, explore a valley, bush track or a mountain range. Grab a surfboard or kayak and hit the wet stuff. Nature has a great way of ‘disguising’ fitness and making physical activity fun.
Humans Crave Connection with Nature
Disconnect from the ever-present technological distractions of email, RSS feeds, internet, text messages and constant news updates and get out of the concrete jungle – revive your body and soul by heading back to the bush. Next time you feel stressed, get outside and have a healthy dose of the outdoors…
(Main sources: Why nature is therapeutic, Wilderness Programs Association. Psychological benefits of nature experiences, John Davis PHD, 2004).