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“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”

Henry David Thoreau

This is exactly how I feel. I’m outdoors every chance I get – in fact, I’m building my health coaching business around nature and being “outdoors”. 

Just being immersed in nature – even for a very short period of time – can completely open up your eyes – and heart – to the endless possibilities that your future can hold. 

I am not talking about mindlessly walking along with your phone in your hand watching, YouTube videos or TikTok.

I mean dedicated, mindful, UNDISTRACTED time spent in green spaces and fresh air. 

Here are 5 ways that nature is going to help you:

1. Reduced Stress

As we venture into nature’s embrace, the worries and stresses of everyday life just seem to disappear. Surrounded by the beauty of green landscapes and the birds chirping, our bodies respond by releasing tension, and our minds find feel at ease. Studies have shown that spending time outdoors can lead to decreased levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, resulting in a more relaxed and rejuvenated state.

2. Improved Mood

Nature has a unique way of lifting our spirits. Exposure to sunlight triggers the release of serotonin, often referred to as the “happy hormone.” This surge in serotonin elevates our mood and gives us a sense of well-being. A nice stroll through a park or spending time near a river or stream can leave us feeling more content and optimistic, making it an excellent natural mood booster.

3. Enhanced Creativity

Are you struggling with writer’s block, or a mental roadblock of some sort? A dose of nature might be just what you need. Being outside has been found to stimulate creativity and enhance problem-solving abilities. The openness of the natural world allows our minds to wander freely, connecting ideas and thoughts in fresh, innovative ways. Whether you’re an artist, writer, or just someone looking for a fresh perspective, spending time in nature can ignite your creative spark.

4. Increased Focus and Attention

In the technological era we are living in, maintaining focus and attention has become a challenge for many. Luckily, nature provides a natural remedy. Engaging with green spaces and natural settings can enhance our ability to concentrate and maintain attention. The tranquility and sensory richness of the outdoors create an environment that will encourage deep focus and mental clarity, effectively reducing symptoms of mental fatigue.

5. Reduced Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression

Nature’s therapeutic effects extend to mental health clutter like anxiety and depression. Studies show that spending time outdoors can alleviate symptoms of these conditions. The immersive experience of being in nature helps redirect our focus from negative thought patterns to the present moment, fostering a sense of calm and inner peace.

 

Angela V Wellness

So, as you can see, the benefits of spending time outdoors on our mental health are clear and very well-documented.

 

From reducing stress and anxiety to enhancing creativity and focus, nature offers an array of restorative properties that we should embrace and cherish.

 

In our fast-paced and digitally connected world, carving out time to relish in the beauty of the great outdoors is an investment in our well-being. 

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"I love being outdoors!"

During the spring, summer, and fall I especially like taking my meditation and journaling practice outdoors. I’m usually doing a guided meditation of some sort early in the morning before I start my day, followed by journaling. If you would like to give that a try, below are some of my favorite tools here for you to try!

So, as you can see, the benefits of spending time outdoors on our mental health are clear and very well-documented. 

From reducing stress and anxiety to enhancing creativity and focus, nature offers an array of restorative properties that we should embrace and cherish. In our fast-paced and digitally connected world, carving out time to relish in the beauty of the great outdoors is an investment in our well-being. 

Let’s make it a priority to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and allow nature’s healing embrace to nourish our minds and souls. Your mental health will thank you for it.

If this sounds like something you’d love to try and are ready to take the next step to discover the power of nature and incorporate it into your routine to improve your overall health and wellness, book a call! Let me be the support, encouragement, and cheerleader you need!

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