Life is a journey of highs and lows. It doesn’t matter who you are and where you live, there will always be moments in your life that will hurt, break or exhaust you. To deal with it, we find solace in watching TV, browsing social media, smoking or drinking. We lead such a hectic life that we don’t realize how nature-deprived we are. Science suggests that nature can help you uplift your mood and boost your health.
Here’s why you should give 30 minutes of your time to mother nature every day.
Nature heals depression
A walk in the park or your lawn every day can help with coping from depression. A US-Canada study showed that people suffering from mild to major depression experienced significant upliftment in their moods when exposed to nature walks. To top that, the participants felt more motivated to recover and return to normalcy.
Nature makes you creative
Having writer’s block? Or lack of inspiration for your upcoming assignment? Nature can be your saviour! A research conducted by the University of Kansas found that spending time in the wild can boost creativity and insight. Spending less time on social media and more time in the green also allows you to be happier and get this… *dramatic pause* more “social”.
Nature is an antidote to illnesses
Japanese studies suggest that Shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing” has the power to treat illnesses such as high blood pressure, stroke, stress, anxiety, and depression. In this therapy, visiting a natural area or forest imparts calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits on your health. It has proven to be especially helpful in increasing energy levels, reducing stress and improving sleep quality.
Nature improves vision
Don’t want to wear glasses? An Australian study conducted on children revealed that spending more time outdoors boosts vision. People who spend more time around greener spaces have fewer chances of developing eyesight issues such as myopia (short-sightedness) and hypermetropia (long-sightedness)
Nature is the best source of vitamin D
Everyone knows that the best way to get vitamin D is from the sun. Spending time outdoors and basking in the natural light gives you the much-needed vitamin D which many of us are deprived of – thanks to our sedentary lifestyle and longish workhours. Sunlight stabilizes your melatonin levels, regulates your mood and decreases the risk of developing colds and flu.
How You Can Bring Nature in Your Busy Schedule
1. Take 20 minutes out in the morning and go for a walk in the nearby park
2. Instead of going to the gym daily, mix-up your workout regime by adding some running, jogging or cycling in the outdoor
3. Have lots of indoor plants at your work desk and home (and make sure you take care of them)
4. Engage in gardening – therapeutic, beautiful and the joy of seeing something get created first-hand
5. Find a room in your home or office that offers views of greenery or better still, find ways to work out of your office-garden (if you have one!)
6. Plan weekend getaways to places that have a lot of greenery
7. Try to eat more whole foods or try to grow them in your own balcony garden
M. Amos Clifford, founder, and director of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs puts the need for green in our lives very well. He says, “We’ve evolved as human beings in nature. We spent the first several million years of our existence in forests. And it’s only really been for the last minute—on an evolutionary time scale—that we’ve been living in cities and in modern, industrialized life. Our bodies and our nervous systems need nature to recalibrate ourselves.”