Research makes us understand that spending quality time in natural environments has a way of improving our overall well-being. It most times has an effect on our minds and also helps improve our stress levels. This is because what you are seeing or hearing has a way of improving not just your mood, but also your nervous system, endocrine, and immune system.
In the same way, unhealthy environments have a way of making us sad, helpless and feeling anxious. In effect, it increases your heart rate, blood pressure and muscle tension. The unique thing is that regardless of culture, a great environment has a positive benefit on everyone; therefore you want to pay attention to spending time in nature.
Here are 4 reasons why you should.
1. Nature Heals
Whether being among natural habitat or just viewing one, there is this healing feeling it brings. This is because nature helps relieve stress and anxiety. The aura of calmness and ease which nature breathes has a positive effect on the mind which in turn helps us relax. This effect helps heal our minds emotionally which then transfers to our bodies as well.
2. Nature Soothes
Nature helps us relieve pain. This is because the genetic construction of humans is in such a way that they are programmed to find plants and nature generally amusing and engrossing. This then translates into us getting distracted the pain and discomfort. This is why hospitals these days are accommodating nature in their buildings.
3. Nature Restores
This is a particularly intriguing effect. In a study conducted by a few psychologists, they discovered that 95% of their participants felt a mood change whenever they spent time outside. The thought of viewing the skies, birds flying and so on helped turn around feelings of depression and helplessness.
They also discovered that spending time in nature helps improve our ability to pay attention as well.
4. Nature Connects Us
Also, there was a research carried out in Chicago among people who had trees in their housing districts and those who did not, it was found out that those who did had a sense of belonging to a community and even knew more people than those who did not. This then draws on the fact that nature helps us feel more connected to people than not.
Nature also improves our creativity levels as well.