I’ve not made a secret recently of my absolute need to spend as much time in nature as possible. I’ve been dealing with the death of my grandmother and quite a few other intense life things and hiking and backpacking and climbing outdoors heal me in a way nothing else does. Time outside brings me back to myself in a way that I had somehow forgotten for several years as I worked crazy hours and built businesses.
I’ve recently begun to think a lot more about the connection between our health and nature and have sought out as much as I can find on the topic. A few of my favorite recent reads on the subject:
- This Is Your Brain on Nature – “When we get closer to nature–be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree–we do our overstressed brains a favor.”
- How Nature Boosts Kindness, Happiness & Creativity – “We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy.”
- The Healing Effects of Forests – “Forests — and other natural, green settings — can reduce stress, improve moods, reduce anger and aggressiveness and increase overall happiness. Forest visits may also strengthen our immune system by increasing the activity and number of natural killer cells that destroy cancer cells.”
- The Healing Power of Nature – “Too much focused attention can lead to mental fatigue and increased stress. One remedy for this fatigue is exposure to nature.”
- The Amazing Ways Nature Can Heal You & Make You Feel Your Best – “A growing body of science is showing that nature is good for you. That includes spending time in nature, but it even includes looking at natural scenes out a window.”
This is barely the surface, but these pieces and so many I’ve recently read confirm for me in scientific terms what I’ve been feeling on spiritual terms: nature rocks. Get outside!