Did you know: Nature Teaches Us To Be Humble 🎥
Updated: Oct 23, 2020
"Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf." 🌿
- Albert Schweitzer
This is vitally important for our mental and physical wellbeing in times of uncertainty due to the worldwide pandemic we are going through in 2020.
Connecting with nature makes us healthier and happier people - something that few of us nature lovers would argue with. There are a growing number of studies and campaigns bringing forward evidence about the importance of our connection to nature. Exposure to nature not only makes us feel better emotionally, but contributes to our physical wellbeing, reduced blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones.
May it be a National Park, a park in the city, the trees in your street or the plants on your balcony, find time every day to go outdoors, take a deep breath and maximise your connection with nature - even if it is only a few minutes at a time.
I quote parts of an article from Dr. Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH in the ‘Institute for Natural Medicine’ publication:
“It seems so obvious that we often forget it: being out in nature is really good for us! From the warm sun on our skin at the beach to the relaxing cool air of a forest walk, getting out into nature is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. So many people are busy with work or school or taking care of things at home that they don’t think about how healing the natural world around them can actually be. But there is a lot of evidence to support the idea that being outside should be included in a regular health maintenance plan.
More than just “feeling good” while outside, natural “green time” reduces the negative mental effects of stress such as anxiety, restlessness, and irritability.
Any opportunity to step away from the daily duties and/or a digital screen, get outside and let nature work her magic is a good one. It also works as part of a regular health maintenance plan to increase wellness and prevent disease before it begins. It is not only going to feel good but will have substantial benefits to your health in mind and body. So get outside as much as you can, you’ll be glad you did!”
Mental Health Benefits of Getting Outside - UNC Health Oct 2018
🎥 (2:10) A simple walk or hike has more than just physical benefits.
Our contributors have taken many nature photos over the years – sometimes too many, no doubt 😉. They can be accessed from the top menu under ‘Galleries’. We hope you enjoy them and get inspired to enjoy nature yourself. Stay safe and healthy!
Institute for Natural Medication (viewed 04.08.2020)