The importance of being in nature – ways in which we benefit
Everyone at some point in their life comes into contact with mother nature, even if for a short period. Nature is a gift that keeps us in balance in this fast-paced world. Therefore, we cannot place enough emphasis on the importance of being in nature. Whether it’s a trip to the beach, a walk in the park, camping in the woods, or even spending time in our garden. All these activities work wonders for our body, mind, and spirit. Leaving us recharged and more capable of handling anything that comes our way.
Physical Activity Increases
Have you ever noticed that we tend to be more physically active when we are outside in nature? Whether it’s walking, running, cycling, or a cardio boosting workout session. Our vibrancy and sense of aliveness heighten when we are in nature, which then leads to more optimum levels of health and well-being.
Another form of physical activity that blends well with nature, is the practice of yoga. The beautiful scenery found throughout nature makes it easier for us to stay committed to our journey, and it can help us to stay focused as we breathe through each posture.
Overall Health Improves
Did you know that our general health is improved when we spend more time in nature? It is shown that our vitamin D levels increase whenever we go outside more often because we get more exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D enables our bodies to absorb minerals like calcium and it also helps to reduce inflammation in the body.
Another way in which our health improves is by strengthening the immune system. Scientists have proved that trees and plants found in nature release essential oils known as phytoncides. These phytoncides stimulate natural killer(NK) cells within the body. These NK cells release anti-cancer proteins such as perforin, granulysin, and granzymes within our bodies. Thereby creating having a preventative effect on cancer generation.
Helps Alleviate Stress
It has been proven that stress is a major cause of many illnesses and diseases throughout the world. If the mind is not at ease and we are out of balance, then tension builds up in various parts of the body including vital organs. Being in nature is one sure way to bring a sense of calm to our racing minds and stabilizing the heart rate.
Subsequently, reducing cortisol which is the hormone responsible for the body’s fight or flight response, produced whenever we are faced with stressful or dangerous conditions. Therefore, more time spent outdoors in nature translates to tranquility within.
Facilitates Deeper Intuition
There is an interconnectedness that exists between all life on this planet and mother nature. Places such as forests, parks, mountains, beautiful Savannah and many others all have a high vibrational frequency and a higher concentration of cosmic energy even though it is present all around us.
This cosmic energy is very beneficial to our bodies and it contains messages from the source of all creation, and it heightens the intuition. Have you ever had a feeling that you were meant to be somewhere or do something? Well, that feeling is your intuition guiding you towards your divine purpose at that particular time. Ultimately, when we invest more time in nature, we amplify our ability to stay connected to our higher selves and the Almighty/Source.
Our creative genius comes fully alive whenever we are in nature because it is easier to tap into the right hemisphere of the brain when we are in a pleasant environment. This area of the brain is responsible for our creativity and when we connect with it then ideas and inspiration flow naturally, enhancing our ability to produce great works of art and come up with some of the most outstanding inventions. It is often in those moments spent in nature that we receive the most brilliant insights.
If we make time to regularly be in nature then we will gradually increase our awareness of everything that happens in nature. Eventually realizing the subtle occurrences that would otherwise be overlooked. By observation of the seemingly simple things in nature, we can expect to see a noticeable increase in our ability to concentrate and focus on whatever tasks we may perform in our careers and even during conversations with others.
By being aware during our time in nature, we see a wide array of activities, like the bees gathering pollen and nectar, or birds searching for twigs to build their nest; or even the plants following the path of the sun so that they can receive its marvelous rays. Because our interest is sparked by being in nature it is much easier for us to stay focused and aware.
Keeps us Grounded
We recalibrate to the rhythms of the Earth whenever we spend time within nature, it is as if we hit a reset button and as a result, we feel more grounded in who we are and more confident that our energy is being replenished. Grounding ourselves in nature is a beneficial thing to do because this helps to keep our root chakra(energy vortex) in balance. When we are grounded we are like a tree firmly rooted to the earth, making it easier to overcome the obstacles we face.
Keeps us Joyful
Exposure to mother nature makes us more emotionally stable, as we are blessed with waves of positive vibrations that help to keep us in a blissful mood. True happiness comes from within, and if we are in a natural environment it is easier to achieve this state. When venturing throughout nature, we see aspects of ourselves reflected. We see the beauty in the flowers and smell the pleasant aromas they emit, allowing us to smile with gratitude. Through nature, we can ask, and listen to the still voice within.
There are so many ways in which we benefit by investing our time in the natural world, and all these amazing benefits reveal insights into the importance of being in nature.
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