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Nature’s Effect on Mental Well-being

Physical Wellbeing

Being outdoors not only has a significant positive effect on our physical health but also our mental health. Taking some time off and immersing ourselves in nature can help divert us away from everyday distractions like social media and the TV. 

Taking a walk outdoors, listening to the sound of nature and taking a deep breath of fresh air can improve your mood and focus. Especially during these times when working from home situations are more common, it is more important that we make time to get outdoors.

Below are some of the ways in which nature can help improve our wellbeing:

Improves heart health

Studies have found that people who live or spend time around nature have lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones. 

Nature emits a sense of calmness in comparison to the fast-paced world we live in nowadays. Being in nature makes us lose track of time and pause to gather our thoughts calmly – which can significantly benefit our heart health.

Improves mood and reduces stress and anger

When you come across a stressful situation, try to put some space between yourself and the source by taking a breather outdoors. Being in nature will instantly lift your mood and on your walk, you may even be able to develop a thoughtful plan to tackle your stressful situation. By spending time in nature and away from the stressful situation, it allows you to address your situation from a calmer perspective so that you can deal with the situation better.

Helps improve your physical health and self-confidence

Oftentimes, participating in activities such as hiking, kayaking or running, we set a goal or a destination to meet. This gives us a sense of accomplishment when we meet them. By doing this, you not only stay physically active but you are also developing new skills which is always a confidence booster.

Helps you recharge

Taking time out of your busy schedule to focus on mother nature can help you break away from your worries and allow you to recharge. While other activities such as watching your favourite TV show, journaling, practising meditation are good for your mental health, being in nature have a more calming and relaxing effect. 

Here are a few activities you can do to spend more time in nature:

  1. Exercising outdoors – Going for a run, doing yoga by the beach or in your garden, taking your dog for a walk at your local park – some ways in which you can effortlessly be around nature.
  2. Have a picnic at your local park – bringing a mug of tea and some snacks for a picnic with your friends is the perfect way to spend your weekend around nature.
  3. Gardening – Growing seasonal vegetables, fruits and flowers will not only help you spend more time around nature, but you will also feel more connected to nature and your surroundings – both important in instilling a growth mindset.
  4. Go hiking – Whether it’s with your dog, a group of friends, family or even alone, taking a hike is not only a good way in which you can be closer to nature but is also very good for heart health. Moreover, completing a hike will also give you a sense of accomplishment which can boost your self-confidence.

 

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