We need only step outside and be embraced by nature. Even in an urban environment we will walk under trees or pass by flowers growing up in cracks of pavement. We will see the sky, feel the breeze and hear the sounds of birds.
Our ancestors knew the power of nature, learning how to read the signs, working alongside her and honouring her beauty and strength. As human kind evolved we eventually moved away from nature putting our trust in new industry and technology. Nature has never left us though and today we are more in need than ever to find health and peace from her.
Everything around is energy so it’s not surprising that sitting under a tree or walking along the banks of a stream can have a positive effect on our sense of well being. Peace or the sounds of nature allow our minds to relax, to be free to wander in thought, to reflect or just be in the present moment.
Research is showing that being out in nature can reduce hypertension, decrease stress, improve mood and restore energy. Just being outside for 5 minutes can lower blood pressure and if you combine it with using all your senses the overall effect is one of total immersion in the present moment.
Other benefits of being in nature include:-
- Stress relief
- Improved concentration
- Increased mobility of joints
- Creative thinking
- Increased boost to immune system
- Decreased anxiety and depression
- Reduced risk of early death
Using nature’s resources is easy. Just a 10 minute walk each day, take your time to see colours and shapes, tune into background and foreground noise, sense what you can feel, be aware of smells.
Over the year be aware of a specific tree and how it changes with the season – the flowers, fruit, bark and leaves.
Look up into the sky and notice the clouds, how they form, what shape they make and how they move.
If it is difficult to access the outdoors, indoor houseplants or growing seeds on the windowsill can also have health benefits.
Nature is free and all around us so make the most of it to boost your health.
(extracts taken from e-book A Guide to Common Sense Well Being)