Nature for health and happiness
Most of us feel better when we are out in nature. Whether it's to get some fresh air, go for a walk or just look at its beauty. There are actually real, scientific facts why nature is good for our body, mind and soul. Like every other living being on our planet, we evolved under the care of Mother Nature. People often forget that we are actually part of nature.
Research shows that:
Nature is great for stress-reduction. Spending time in nature has been shown to lower stress levels through the use of your various senses and can help you unplug from technology and everyday stresses and allow you to connect to the true Source. Taking slow, deep breaths—the kind encouraged by the great outdoors—stimulates the body's parasympathetic reaction, which calms you down .
Spending time in nature increases brain functions and improves your mood. Being outdoors kicks the brain into high gear through oxygenation helping to increase concentration and creativity. It has also been linked to improved attention span and boost your serotonin levels - your ''feel good'' neurotransmitters.
Getting outside and moving makes you feel more alive and improves your vitality. This is mostly due to the increased oxygen intake and the yummy endorphins flowing through your body!
Have you heard of Earthing?
The practice referred to as grounding (or earthing) results from bare skin contact on a natural surface (dirt, sand, grass etc.); It's as simple as walking or sitting barefoot outside. The theory states that because the earth is negatively charged- and has a greater negative charge than your body- we absorb earth’s electrons. The evidence suggests that we need the Earth’s electrons for our well-being. They appear to be, in fact, foundational for health, representing an indispensable kind of “nutrient” that if deficient or missing can cause health problems just like a deficient vitamin or mineral. 1* Earthing Institute
and living near nature can even help us live longer...
According to a recent American study, women who lived in the greenest surroundings—had a mortality rate that was 12% lower than those living in homes in the least green areas. *2 Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Enjoy your summer and have fun in nature!
Jessica and Bruno
Photo: Jean Ladouceur