Today is International Day of Forests. Urban living can comfortably subject you to a boxed life. From a box-like room to a box-like car to a boxed office environment with little or no green space. There’s increasing prove of a correlation between nature and mental wellness in humans.
Several studies show that people who spend time in a green area experience the feeling of enchantment and relief. Here are some fascinating benefits of nature on your health and longevity:
A study done in the Netherlands found that people who had access to green spaces in their neighbourhood reported better mental health, better quality of fresh air and generally felt happier than residents in high-rise buildings with little or no greenery. More research links green spaces, particularly those that feature water parks with emotionally stable residents. If you’re looking to be calmed by nature’s soothing touch, choose neighbourhood that has green spaces. A walk in the park might just take the edge off on rough days.
Nature can reduce your Stress
Most days come with their own packages of stress. Changes like sudden ill health, challenges in a relationship, death or even loss of a job can induce high levels of stress. A report showed that people report to feeling at ease when they spend time in a quiet park. Spending time in nature is reported to lower stress experienced in handling every day’s challenges.
The New York Times revealed that even having a window that views rich green nature increases feelings of well-being and helps alleviate stress.
Nature can boost your Immune System
It has been shown that there are over 20 established pathways between overall health and exposure to nature. Several studies suggest that exposure to nature can protect you from diseases like depression, diabetes and cancer. Yet, how nature protects you from these illnesses remains unclear. It appears our human bodies seem to do much better in green areas. Imagine taking a run every morning in between rich horticulture, inflating your lungs with refreshing air.
Nature can help you recover from Illness
It’s been observed that patients in hospitals with gardens show signs of quicker recovery from illness than patients with minimal exposure to nature. Being in a natural setting decreases cortisol levels – the stress hormone – and reduces systolic blood pressure. Thus, improving sleep patterns and aiding recovery and better health.
Nature can increase your Energy Levels
According to the most recent coffee statistics from the International Coffee Organization (ICO), we pour about 1.4 billion cups of coffee a day worldwide. Most people rely on caffeine and other energy boosters to kick-start the day. A study carried out by the University of Rochester reveals exposure to nature can increase energy levels and make you feel more alive. If you find yourself struggling to stay up in the morning or need extra boosters, it might be an indication to increase your exposure to nature to gain a greater sense of vitality. Ultimately the goal is to attain better health and well-being. As such, prioritizing outdoor time in nature should be top on your list.