How Nature Can Help You Feel Better TodayPosted: September 22, 2021
Every time I go outside in nature, I notice that I immediately feel better.
Even if it is for a few minutes, it makes a big difference in my mood and my day.
Studies have shown that being around greenery and nature lowers blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduces nervous system arousal, enhances immune system function, increases self-esteem, reduces anxiety, and improves mood.
In fact, this study of 20,000 people found that people who spent two hours a week in nature, either all at once or spaced over the week, were much more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don’t!
There are a lot of different tips & tricks for getting outside and connecting with nature, so let’s get right into it.
1. Practice being present.
Be present while you’re getting the mail or going to your car. This is something you can easily practice daily.
Next time you get your mail from the mailbox, keep your phone inside and be present during the walk to your mailbox. Take 3 deep breaths and notice the scent and how calm you feel in that moment. Those few minutes spent intentionally connecting to your surroundings are so good for you and can immediately lower your stress hormones.
2. Touch the leaves or a tree.
Something about being close and connected to nature helps release happy hormones and I can attest to this firsthand.
I am sure you’ve noticed it, too! The biggest tip and take home here is all about finding what works for you.
3.Grounding (or earthing).
This is something I do on the weekends mostly when the weather is nice.
When I am outside in my yard, I take my shoes off. I love walking barefoot in the yard and letting the grass and dirt touch my feet.
What’s amazing is that there is science behind grounding. There is a huge supply of electrons on the surface of the Earth. Our modern lifestyle separates humans from such contact and this disconnect may be a major contributor to physiological dysfunction and un-wellness.
Reconnection with the Earth’s electrons has also been found to be beneficial for improved sleep and reduces pain.
4.Take a midday walk.
You already know walking is good for you, but I am going to repeat it anyway. Schedule it in, even if it is for 5-10 minutes at a time. It still counts and it all adds up!
For me, I love taking daily 20-minute walks with the kiddos every evening and it makes us all feel so good. Everyone is so relaxed and happy after our walks and it is something I am working on instilling in them from a young age.
So there you have it. A few ways you can get outside to ground & connect with nature.
If you don’t live near nature, don’t worry. You can designate a spot in your house (maybe your office or kitchen) and add some plants or you can put on some nature sounds on your speakers.
It’s meditative & sounds so pretty.
I would love to hear from you in the DMs on Instagram.
What are your favorite ways to spend time outside? Do you have a really interesting or unusual activity? Let me hear it!